Cook the fluid in your rear brake’s hydraulics one time and you will quickly realize you’re in trouble. A spongy
pedal that fades when stressed leaves you out of control,
inducing panic and usually killing your riding adventure. But
there is a fix. Regular maintenance will keep your dirt bike
CARE AND FEEDING OF
YOUR REAR BRAKES
DIRT BIKE TECH
The standard rotors on most of
today’s machines are slotted to help
cool the pads, the rotor and the brake
fluid. Always clean the stock rotor
before installing new pads. A Scotch-Brite pad or very fine sandpaper will
eliminate any residue, enhance the mating surface and improve braking power.
For muddy events or rides, especially
long ones, it’s a good idea to use a
solid rotor. It will keep mud from contaminating the braking contact points,
which will save your rear brake pads.
stopping well within your preferred zone, and, fortunately,
the care and feeding of your rear brakes only require a
few key habits. Our goal was to get rid of brake squeal,
control fading and improve power. A big thanks to Larry
Mills from DP Brakes for his advice.