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Old 10-22-2019, 04:20 PM   #1
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1978 FXE DUAL DISC FRONT BRAKE

I want my bike to look good but also want it to work safely seems like a reoccurring problem for me.

I've decided that I want a front brake, as good as it looks without one I just don't like the idea of it, especially since I live in MA and there are hills pretty much everywhere.

Does anyone have any recommendations on MC set up? I've leaning towards a GMA but don't know much about the company. Ideally I want a single perch set up.

Any suggestions I'm open to

Thank you!
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Old 10-22-2019, 11:30 PM   #2
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I can offer a little bit of help. I have a GMA/BDL front brake on my Springer but the m.c. is from jpcyclex a few years back. Single disc, obviously, but it works just fine since it is a dual piston caliper.
My other bike has a front PM brake caliper with single disc and it is a slick looking setup but it doesn't work all that great. I leave plenty of space to make a stop.

To your question, I would do gma.
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Old 10-23-2019, 04:40 PM   #3
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The calipers can work great. For a while. Biggest issue is caliper pins/bushing suck big time. I have replaced everything but the fork lowers and its only a matter of time before the problem of rattling and sloppy comes back. The money spent on replacing the system ( 1 piece at a time) could be used on a 39mm fork w decent brakes. Just sayin'. What do I know? I cant get my junk to run right now.
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Old 10-24-2019, 03:20 PM   #4
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The money spent on replacing the system ( 1 piece at a time) could be used on a 39mm fork w decent brakes.
That's what I'm doing. 39mm front ends look cleaner too so there's that.
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Old 10-25-2019, 02:42 PM   #5
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Just looked real quick at pricing for a 39mm front end, might as well get a Springer front end
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Old 10-25-2019, 04:25 PM   #6
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39mm will be cheaper at a swap meet.
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Old 10-25-2019, 11:14 PM   #7
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Very true, Stafford springs this sumday, I'll be on the look out.
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Old 10-27-2019, 02:48 PM   #8
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I don't buy 39mm front ends online. I hunt the dual disc version via swap meets and Craigslist. I don't give over 200 for a ready to ride used front end without calipers (which I prefer since I dislike single piston stock calipers). British meets are good places to find HD parts and the reverse is also true.

The new home of cheap stuff is Facebook Marketplace and there's a LOT of it.
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