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    Rear Mechanical Brake Drum

    Any recommendations or experience with Paughco or VT BT Rear Mechanical Brake Drum. I'm leaning towards getting a Paughco drum.

    Any advice? I haven't been able to find a serviceable OEM drum as of yet.
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    Re: Rear Mechanical Brake Drum

    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat1 View Post
    Any recommendations or experience with Paughco or VT BT Rear Mechanical Brake Drum. I'm leaning towards getting a Paughco drum.

    Any advice? I haven't been able to find a serviceable OEM drum as of yet.
    I am running the VT drum on a knuckle bobber. No complaints, it seems to hold the sprocket on just fine! Braking is fair, at best, but it's my understanding that's just how it is with the mechanical set up. You just can't compare it to disc brakes. As long as i've got second gear, I feel like I've got a pretty good chance to stop..........

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    Re: Rear Mechanical Brake Drum

    Quote Originally Posted by rdillon View Post
    I am running the VT drum on a knuckle bobber...........
    How concentric is the sprocket? What I have heard is that the sprocket is seldom centered exactly perfect, so therefore there is always a 'tight spot' in the chain. I know this is also true with OEM, but worse with the VT drums. Any feedback in that regard?
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    Re: Rear Mechanical Brake Drum

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigincher View Post
    How concentric is the sprocket? What I have heard is that the sprocket is seldom centered exactly perfect, so therefore there is always a 'tight spot' in the chain. I know this is also true with OEM, but worse with the VT drums. Any feedback in that regard?
    Have never measured, but I do know it is not near perfect. That said, it serves the purpose well, have ridden as much as 400 miles a day with no issues. Anybody else have any feedback?

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    Re: Rear Mechanical Brake Drum

    I've had a couple chrome drums, one that came with my 49 as a package deal, another I ordered off the net for my 51. They both had chain adjustment problems. When set correctly at the tightest spot to 1/2", I had 1 1/2" at the loosest spot. I had to find just the right adjustment to keep the chain from hitting the chain guard. The drum that I replaced was cracked all the way across the friction surface but at least I could adjust the chain...Mike
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    Re: Rear Mechanical Brake Drum

    Sounds like an opportunity here for someone to rework these crappy drums. I know it can be done--- remove the sprocket and set it up correctly on a lathe, and reinstall the sprocket.
    Anyone out there ever done this...? Imagine how smooth it would be with a perfectly centered sprocket..!
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    Re: Rear Mechanical Brake Drum

    I seem to remember a blog on this subject by saddlebag Ray...
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