1973 BMW R75/5 Rebuild: Install Front Brakes

More progress being made on the project with the new front brakes, brake cable & handlebars installed.  You can read about how I did that here.

Thanks to Bob Fleischer, again, for tips and tricks and to Duane Ausherman.

I found a nifty template from Scott Lydiard (BMWScotter.com) that helped get the front brake levers aligned correctly on the brake levers.  Scott’s site is having some problems but he was kind enough to provide a PDF of this template that I provide a link to in the write-up.  Here’s a picture of the template.

Scott  Lydiard's Brake Lever Alignment Template

Scott Lydiard’s Brake Lever Alignment Template

You can cut it out and use it with the brakes installed.

Using Scott Lydiard's Front Brake Lever Alignment Template

Using Scott Lydiard’s Front Brake Lever Alignment Template

Very nice.

Here are a couple more pictures from the write-up.

Front Brake Carrier (Front to the Right)

Front Brake Carrier (Front to the Right)

Front Brake Assembly

Front Brake Assembly

Rear Brake Cam Shaft Lever and Adjustment Cam

Front Brake Arm Cam with Lever and Adjustment Cam

Front Spring Installed and Shoes on Pivot Pins

Front Spring Installed and Shoes on Pivot Pins

Attaching Rear Spring Using Vice Grips

Attaching Rear Spring Using Vice Grips

Front Axle with Spacer Sleeve

Front Axle with Spacer Sleeve

Connecting Front Brake Arm

Connecting Front Brake Torque Arm to Brake Carrier Stud

Brake Cable Assembly at Right Control Perch

Brake Cable Assembly at Right Control Perch

Inserting Ferrule in Rear Brake Lever to Capture Outer Sleeve of the Cable

Inserting Ferrule in Rear Brake Lever to Capture Outer Sleeve of the Cable

Adjusting Lower Cable

Adjusting Lower Cable

Brakes Are Solid at 1/2 Distance to Handlebar

Brakes Are Solid at 1/2 Distance to Handlebar

2 thoughts on “1973 BMW R75/5 Rebuild: Install Front Brakes

  1. Great site and wonderful photos on the /5’s . I am presently having issues with front brake effectiveness on my wife’s 72 toaster. Do you have a link to the brake alignment template available? I am not very computer savvy and could not locate it.
    Thanks,
    MAX
    Ventura (Ventuckey) CA

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