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My 2003 883 sportster makes a humming noise @ the front caliper when the brake is applied. can you help please!

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Has your Sportster got a "ventilated" rotor? A rotor with a lot of holes in the area where the pads contact the disc. If so, you're probably hearing the pads making a noise as they go over the holes. Some people put these pads on for looks others because they keep brake fade down. You can install a solid brake disc and that should eliminate the noise but it's not hurting anything other than being annoying.

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Posted on Sep 12, 2010

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