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    Default Brake rotor replacement

    I am running a 2008 Goldwing with a 2008 Motor Trike Spyder trike conversion kit. I took the trike to an authorized Honda/Motor Trike dealer for a brake job on the rear. When I purchased the trike, I was told the the rearend is Ford, however, per a document I located on the Motor Trike website, it says the 5-lug rotors are proprietary to Motor Trike and this must be obtained directly from them. Has anyone else run into this or is there a compatiable part found in most local parts stores?

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    Most trike rotors are not off-the-shelf auto parts.

    If MotorTrike has them, problem solved.

    I deal with Lehman Parts and since brake rotors were prioritized also, and Lehman does not support parts older than 3 years now, I am left with buying auto rotors and modifying them to specs.

    Very expensive at the machine shop.
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    Thank you for the information. I was notified this morning that the new rotors have been received by the service department. Then I was told that one of the calipers has locked up and they couldn’t free the piston. So back to Motor Trike for new calipers. Hopefully, they have these as well.

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    Just seeing this so late to the game.

    There are not "off the shelf" 5 lug rotors for the solid axle rear end setup for Motor Trike kits. As I understand it, the solid axle configuration in the Ford world is 4 lug wheels/rotors, etc.. Motor Trike used to buy 4 lug rotors & have drilled to accept 4 or 5 lug until the manufacturer of the rotors started offering to make them in a 5 lug pattern specifically for Motor Trike.

    That's why you can't buy an off the shelf 5 lug rotor for a solid axle MT kit.

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    If you can find rotors of the correct thickness and offset between rotor swept area & mount area, correct diameter, (in other words, if same in all respects except number of lug bolts) they could be re-drilled and even if a few thousandths out, the pads would sweep a perfect circle in relation to mounting in use. You couldn't do it with drums though.
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