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Front Brake locking after new Cable xr200r

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1981 Honda XR200R. I bought it with the front brake cable broken and missing from the lever half way down to the cam. I had it apart and everything in all the parts are there. and its not in to bad of condition and certainly with spec of the manual.

When I put a new cable on it was tighter than I normal. I got it all together though and adjusted to be as loose as possible but when I pull on the lever it doesn't spring back it just sticks and locks the front wheel.

I can push it back and the wheel unlocks. Am I missing a spring somewhere?

I want to ride it this weekend.

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You should have a spring at the brake arm on the brake it self that opens the brake. If you take a look at a parts diagram on a parts website you'll see it.

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I would also make sure that part #2 turns free in part #6. And that both of part #3 is in good shape and installed good.

Tom

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I have in the past on a few bikes put a spring inside of the spring (part #11) to have more feel of the front brake.

Tom

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Howdy doody I am an Idiot. turns out it was an over tightened lever bolt. I have crappy no name aftermarket levers and I put the pivot bolt on too tight. Never hurts to inspect the brakes very thoroughly though. I cleaned the dust out. soaked the rust off of the internal springs(3) and made sure the cam arm(9) and shaft(2) were clean and turning with ease. I also measured the thickness of the pads (1). to be sure we were still within spec.

I am not sure but I think the cam arm may have been placed on the shaft incorrectly making it hard for the cable to reach.

Thanks for the diagram and help guys.

Edited by curtorous

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Howdy says: Don't be afraid to move the actuator arm a little closer if need be, to give you a little more cable to work with...

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