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Hi all,
I am looking into upgrading the front brake on my 04 XL1200C equipped with a 21" spoked wheel.
Something like this kit.
https://www.freespiritsparts.com/en/...or-320-mm.html
Looks like a good one but want to see some other upgrade kits to compare and if there was forum members that used them and had any feedback.
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Just my opinion, but if you can get the front tire to almost lock with the brakes you have, I'd not waste the money. Especially on that skinny tire. Get some Lyndall brake pads & call it a day. I got rid of the 21" on my C, replacing it with a 110x90x19 & with the stock caliper, the Lyndall pads provide enough power to make that front tire howl. You can only stop as quick as the tire will let you.
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You mean Spoked or Wire ?
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Just my opinion, but if you can get the front tire to almost lock with the brakes you have, I'd not waste the money. Especially on that skinny tire. Get some Lyndall brake pads & call it a day. I got rid of the 21" on my C, replacing it with a 110x90x19 & with the stock caliper, the Lyndall pads provide enough power to make that front tire howl. You can only stop as quick as the tire will let you.
Ya my front brake is pretty much useless.
I can squeeze the crap out of it as I come up to a stop and probably do better flintstone style.
A caliper rebuild, those pads and new rotor might be the way to go.
I like the idea of switching to a 19"
Damn little tire grabs every groove in the road.
Is the change a simple swap?

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You mean Spoked or Wire ?
Maybe I should of said wire?
Here is what I'm working with.

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Those look like a nice setup, and if mine didn`t stop I would get something like that. Off the subject question, what steering stableizer is that
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Those look like a nice setup, and if mine didn`t stop I would get something like that. Off the subject question, what steering stableizer is that
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An option you could consider is swapping over to an early 2000s Sportster 4-piston caliper. The same caliper was also used on early VRods, many late model Dynas and more.

I had one laying around that belonged to a spare 2000 front end I was going to put on my Ironhead. I got bored one day and sure enough it bolted right up and clearances were just fine on my ‘06 1200C with 21” laced wheel.

Your bike has a 1/2” master like mine so there will be a little play on the lever before the brakes engage as this caliper is intended for a 9/16” master. To combat this I bought a used early 2000s Sportster 9/16” master. I then realized I needed a matching brake lever since the levers aren’t interchangeable between masters. Between the used caliper, used master, new OEM lever and pin, aluminum color spray paint and new Lyndall pads I’m in it about $175. I have no scientific evidence but the brakes stop better in my opinion versus my factory 2-piston with the same Lyndall pads.

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An option you could consider is swapping over to an early 2000s Sportster 4-piston caliper. The same caliper was also used on early VRods, many late model Dynas and more.

I had one laying around that belonged to a spare 2000 front end I was going to put on my Ironhead. I got bored one day and sure enough it bolted right up and clearances were just fine on my ‘06 1200C with 21” laced wheel.

Your bike has a 1/2” master like mine so there will be a little play on the lever before the brakes engage as this caliper is intended for a 9/16” master. To combat this I bought a used early 2000s Sportster 9/16” master. I then realized I needed a matching brake lever since the levers aren’t interchangeable between masters. Between the used caliper, used master, new OEM lever and pin, aluminum color spray paint and new Lyndall pads I’m in it about $175. I have no scientific evidence but the brakes stop better in my opinion versus my factory 2-piston with the same Lyndall pads.

I’ll post pics shortly
This looks to be a very cost effective alternative.
Time to start scrounging parts.
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Are you the original owner? How many miles on the bike? Have you looked to see if the pads are glazed?
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