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Default Front brake calliper strange noise...

Hello everyone, I've been searching around with no success.

I have a 2014 Iron (with ABS) and for a couple weeks the front calliper is making a strange "grinding" noise when applied.

It's not regular squealing. It's hard to describe but it reminds me of 'grinding' or kind of "electrical" noise... (it's noticeable over 15mph, not super loud but enough to be heard on the highway while riding)

I've taken apart and thoroughly cleaned the calliper twice already, the pads have a lot to go still... Any ideas?

I was thinking it might be something related to the ABS module, but I don't think I can manually disable it just to test it.

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The first thing that comes to mind when you say 'grinding noise when applied' it makes me think it's iron to iron what you hear. That would mean that the pads are worn out.
But you mentioned that the pads have a lot to go....

If you're not sure where to look or you can't find it yourself, do not take any risc with brakes and take it to the nearest bike shop. If there is something loose and that is getting looser you can have a serious accident!
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Put a pad in the wrong way?
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Put a pad in the wrong way?
I'm pretty sure everything is in the correct direction but still you can never check things too much so I'll take a look thanks.

I'm thinking on how to record a "sample" so you guys can check it. Of course, if I don't find anything quickly I'll take the bike into a dealer to be serviced just in case...
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If the pads give you any kind of pause regardless of miles or how much more service life replace them. They dont need to be completely spent to replace them. Good example, I flushed my brake fluid and the rear caliper got a little messier with fluid getting on the pads etc. I've had a squeal when I apply the rear brake heavily. I'm going to give it a few hundred miles to see if it disappears, if it doesnt, the pads will be replaced. I'll bet you if you take it to a dealership that's what they're going to do and bill you accordingly. It'll be a hell of a lot cheaper just replacing them yourself and you can put whatever pads of your choosing. I've had good success with 'Sintered' pads on my Road Kind in the past.
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