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Old 05-30-2006, 08:22 AM
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rear brake pad replacement

hey guys, i've got an 04 texas chop. i went to replace the rear pads last nights and i lost some fluid. maybe i did this wrong, however i took the two mounting bolts off, then proceeded to take the 4 bolts out of the back of the caliper out so i could change the pads. there was also a c-clip which i didnt touch. when the caliper seperated, fluid came out. the caliper has dual pistons, with a spring on the back side. did i do something wrong? any recomendations on compressing the caliper/piston? i've changed alot of brakes, but never on a bike before.

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Old 05-30-2006, 09:39 AM
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I use a big screw driver (like 2 foot long one) and just push the old pads away from each other till they don't want to go anymore. Then figure out how they stay in and remove whatever is holding em. Never have any leaking of fluid that way. Sounds like you may have opened up something better left un-opened?

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Old 05-30-2006, 09:56 AM
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To compress the pistons, I usually leave the old brake pads in place and use a c-clamp until it bottoms out. One thing to be careful of is that you don't scratch the outside part of the caliper (I use pieces of an old inner tube to cushion the mating surface of the c-clamp and caliper.

I don't know what kind of calipers are on your bike, but there are brands of calipers (GMA for one) that must be disassembled to get the pads out. Sucks that everytime you need to change the pads, you end up doing a fluid change in the process on those types. If those are PM calipers, you didn't have to completely disassemble the caliper.
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Old 05-30-2006, 01:36 PM
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thanks, i found out i didnt need to pull the halves apart. i guess you live and learn. thanks again man.
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Rear brake pad

I have a 06 Venom and I'm trying to replace the rear brakes but because of the frame I can't reach one of the Bolts do I have to take the wheel off to replace the pads?
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Old 03-11-2021, 07:52 AM
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Unrelated to IronHorse but I will share so you know we share difficulty

I have CFL with 16 inch rear rim.

I have to remove my brake caliper with the rim for tire change or whatever
because the caliper won't come off the rotor due to hitting the rim.
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