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very poor rear brakes- bought new shoes when changing the old shoes looked brand new went ahead and installed new shoes - brakes are still bad
 

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Does this look like the correct setup?When you engage the brakes is it all moving freely?

 

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Are you sure the brake arm "#9" is on the cam "#7" correctly? Any chance of grease in the drum?
 

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I have the same problem with my 2000 rancher. I am beginning to believe the drum is to smooth. I would like to get it machined if possible. A new drum is around $200. I will let you know how it works out.
 

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I took my brake drum to a machine shop to have it resurfaced and found out that the ID of the drum exceeds the service limit specified in Honda's service manual. After 9 years of use, I guess a new drum is in order.
 

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2001 bad brakes

I have had bad rear brakes on my 2001 fourtrax for years, you had to put all your weight on them to get them to drag, I put on new shoes with no change until recently I took a piece of sand paper to the drum, then set up the brake adjustments and now I have rear brakes again, I can drag them while sitting on the seat, hope this helps
 

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I have replaced the drum and pads. Now they work like new.
I'm guessing because they are new. :)

I hope I don't run out of service life on my 24 year old bike, else I'm screwed.

I took my brake drum to a machine shop to have it resurfaced and found out that the ID of the drum exceeds the service limit specified in Honda's service manual. After 9 years of use, I guess a new drum is in order.
What does this mean? The shop wouldn't turn your drums because they were too old? You obviously need to find a lower class shop. ;) Heck, if you can't see daylight through the drum, it's still good.
 

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I'm guessing because they are new. :)

I hope I don't run out of service life on my 24 year old bike, else I'm screwed.



What does this mean? The shop wouldn't turn your drums because they were too old? You obviously need to find a lower class shop. ;) Heck, if you can't see daylight through the drum, it's still good.
It means that there is not enough metal left to be resurfaced. It could be done but it is more prone to warping. Time to get a new drum.
 

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I was sort of being facetious, but thanks for the information. ;)
 

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Sorry I get confused easily.. What were we talking about???LOL
 
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