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post #1 of 12 Old 11-30-2009, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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New Brake Pads on my 08

Well, I did my front brakes the other day. The pictures I'd downloaded off the internet went out the window pretty much right away. It's pretty straightforward. And I'm just learning. The hardest part was getting the pistons to retract. If you can do it with your thumbs you are more of a man than I. I jammed and wiggled a wrench between the old pads. First time, took me about an hour. I just did the rear in about 20 minutes. It is not hard. And as Wanderer said, check those things. My rear pads were so close to shot it was ridiculous.




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post #2 of 12 Old 12-01-2009, 05:39 AM
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What pads did you use as a replacement? oem, or other.

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The hardest part was getting the pistons to retract. If you can do it with your thumbs you are more of a man than I. I jammed and wiggled a wrench between the old pads.
I've always just used a big, flat bladed screwdriver.. First pry between the old pads, and then twist.. They'll move, but you have to show who's boss..
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New Brake Pads on my 08

I changed to SBS brand front pads at about 5k mi, coupled with a braided steel tfe (teflon) line for big improvement in stopping power.
I use a tire iron to push pistons back, after I clean the exposed outside of the pistons to keep from cramming all that grime into the o-rings that seal the pistons. Also, I make sure the fluid level is low enough that displacing it back into the resevoir won't cause a pressure rise.
You actually should not put anything but the disc between the pads if they are to be used any more as you can crack the friction material. Raising the potential for failure under use. Fall down go boom.

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I put Galfer front and back. Paper, a screwdriver would have worked too, but I didn't have a big one handy. Kent, I skipped the cleaning the pistons part, but they were pretty dang clean.




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Dan!!!

I am proud of you for doing that! SEE... You can do it. OH... But did you...

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post #7 of 12 Old 12-02-2009, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks man.




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My bike has a bit over 8k on it and I noticed today that the front pads are damn close to the limit. Rear pads still have plenty of life left. Already have steel brakelines. Looking forward to getting better stopping power once I replace the pads. Will do front and rear even though the rear don't need to be replaced right now.

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Getting ready to do my brakes tomorrow and on the bike it says dot 3, but in the clymer manual it says dot 4, i have also seen dot 3 or 4 suggested on line and such, so.............which is it, and whats the difference?
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post #10 of 12 Old 09-10-2010, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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You're talking brake FLUID which I know very little about. Not pads.




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