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Old 02-21-2011, 10:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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85 atc 250r brakes not free floating

ok....so this is where im at.....i have a 85 250r and the front brake is not free floating i believe....when i lift the front i can spin the wheel and hear the brake and see it slow the wheel down....when im riding on the road dirt anywhere the atc's handlebars seem to pull to the left dramatically....like i can be on one side of the street and if im not holding it tight it goes to the left side of the street quick...i know how to take the the axle and stuff off but cant get the wheel off the caliper? do i have to take off the bolts holding the hub to the rim? i need help especially with the brake
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check your rear tire pressures to see if they are even, as it sounds like you have a low tire causing you to pull to one side. If your brake is working correctly up in the air, and your fluid is clean, and brakes have no air in the system, and your pads are good, I am sure there fine. I'm not sure the front brake acting up on a 3 wheeler would cause it to pull to one side, I would check the rear tires to start with, and good luck.
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i checked them already.....theyre the same tire pressure....
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I don't know a lot about the trikes but here is a link for a free service manual. right click on your year/model and select save as.ATC Manuals
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Get your machine fully lifted off the ground, and the suspension unloaded. Set your front wheel straight, and take a measurement from each side from the rear wheel to the same point on the front on both sides. It should be the same, if not something is either worn, or bent causing it not to drive straight. Lift underneath your front wheel while its in the air, rock it around a little, and see if all the steering head components are tight. Then go to the rear, and try to move your swingarm side to side, and check the rear carrier bearings for play, and try to see if you find something worn to be causing your issue.
Sounds dumb I know, but make sure your testing it on perfectly level ground, as the round usually peaks in the middle and angles either way, and will always pull to the side. Good luck, and let us know what you find.
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To get the front wheel off you have to unbolt it from the hub first, otherwise it can't clear the caliper. My 200x is the same way

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