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Just got off the phone with the dealer….. August 15th before I might see a new caliper. On backorder apparently. Over a month on a part though? Wow!

I’m going to try this:

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I had the same minor cross thread problem after removing the rear wheel on a 06 1200L. Every time I applied the brake the caliper would cock to the side giving me no pedal. Took it apart several times but everything looked ok. The caliper didn't look like it was cross-threaded. Had no pedal with the caliper bolt installed but a good pedal with the bolt out. Fixed the problem by loosely installing the caliper bolt so the treads barely touched, than having someone apply the brakes while I tightened the bolt.
If that doesn’t work then I’ll see about the helicoil.
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Just got off the phone with the dealer….. August 15th before I might see a new caliper. On backorder apparently. Over a month on a part though? Wow!

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If that doesn’t work then I’ll see about the helicoil.
I would look into the helicoil..........but also think about going aftermarket for the caliper so you don't have to wait on the lame ass MoCo to get one in when they feel like it............just a thought, places like J&P, Jeriah, Dennis Kirk all carry aftermarket calipers!!
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Well, I tried Tristinator’s suggestion and it worked like a charm. The caliper refused to build pressure while bolted up, but when I unbolted it I got pressure right away and then I tightened the bolt while it was being held pumped.

Man, I sure missed having my bike for a week and a half. I went up and cancelled that order for a new caliper.

Thanks everyone for your input.
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Guess I was wrong, I though for sure you were going to find it was the master cylinder. It just sounded too close to what I was dealing with to be anything else. Glad it all worked out without a major expense for ya, I wish I had been so lucky.
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Well, I tried Tristinator’s suggestion and it worked like a charm. The caliper refused to build pressure while bolted up, but when I unbolted it I got pressure right away and then I tightened the bolt while it was being held pumped.
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I had the same issue and looked everywhere for a solution. Nothing worked until I came upon this. I know it's an old old, but may save someone from buying a new caliper. Thank you sweet baby Jesus!
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Add another +10000000!!!

it started with a flat tire then a broken bolt into the rear wheel and finaly when everything was set, I had no rear brake pressure.

Thanks to this post, it saved me from a rear brake job!


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Well, I tried Tristinator’s suggestion and it worked like a charm. The caliper refused to build pressure while bolted up, but when I unbolted it I got pressure right away and then I tightened the bolt while it was being held pumped.
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04-06 certainly has problems with the master cyl.
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Thanks for the thread, I just changed the rear tire yesterday and boom no rear brake. Picked up a new rear master cylinder from the dealer today and lost my mind when the pedal was exactly the same after installed. I came upon this thread after about a quart and a half of brake fluid and one very tired mighty-vac. I still can't get my head around how the caliper could or would bypass fluid due to the front pin, but I am happy it is such a simple fix. You guys rule!
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I'm having this same problem. Changed pads and now no brakes. Is he referring to the bolt that goes through the eye of the pads? Which bolt do you loosen?
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I know this is an old thread, but I had to put a new rear tire on my bike, and same thing happened, no brakes after, and ive heard this from quite a few other people had the same problem. I just rebuilt my master for the 3rd time, and I still dont have brakes. I bought a bleeder because of having a dry system after the first rebuild, and I did get them working once for about a week, and list them again. I just did the second rebuild since. I sure would like to know what the problem is. Even had a local shop look at the master after the last rebuild just to have them verify that I had done it right. It was not tested, but they told me everything looked right.
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