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#1 User is offline   4literranger485 

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 07:29 PM

ADMIN PLEASE DON'T DELETE MY WRITE-UP AGAIN!:lol


All right lets start to get those front binders in serious order. A quick upgrade for your front braking system is some trick aftermarket pads. I'll be adding EBC HH pads in place of the stock ones on my GSX-R750.


First we'll lay out some basic tools needed for the job, nothing out of the ordinary:

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and the sexy new pads:

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first you will need to remove the two brake pad mounting pins from the caliper.

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Next remove the two caliper mounting bolts, and remove the caliper from the disc. Be careful not to scratch up your rim, this will be a tight squeeze! Also, do not allow the caliper to hang by the brake line or put excessive pressure on the lines.

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Now your old pads should just pop right out. Be sure the spacers between the caliper and the mount don't get lost. I just leave them seated in the caliper mounts where they belong. Use some brake clean and a rag to clean the pistons. You'll also need to press the pistons back into the caliper to allow the thicker new pads to slide over the disc.

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Next you'll want to take the metal backing plates off of the stock pads and put them onto the new pads. Then you can go ahead and put the new pads into the caliper. Be careful when handling the new pads. You do not want to get your grubby little dick beaters all over the friction material. If you do, CLEAN THE PADS! Clean brakes function properly.

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Now you'll want to thread the pad mounting pins in a couple turns so the pads aren't falling out while you re-install the caliper. Make sure the pads are seated in their respective sides to allow ample clearance for the disc in between. Re-install the caliper over the brake disc. Make sure those spacers are there again!

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Now go ahead and tighten everything up. Torque to the specs provided in your manual. For the k6/k7 600/750's the pad mounting pins are 11 lb/ft, and the caliper mounting bolts are 25.5 lb/ft. Squeeze the front lever a few times to seat the pads and make sure the brake pressure builds back up.

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The other front caliper is exactly the same as the first.

Complete both sides, and now you'll be ready to roll stoppies like Jason Britton :lol

(just kidding, stoppies can hurt and get you made fun of. just ride!)
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Posted 27 April 2009 - 07:36 PM

Thanks for the work on these write up's :lol :lol


Rep'd ya

and I put the FRONT and REAR in BOLD so they stand out... someone thought it was a duplicate thread. :)
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Posted 27 April 2009 - 07:37 PM

RLover said:

Thanks for the work on these write up's :lol :)


Rep'd ya

and I put the FRONT and REAR in BOLD so they stand out... someone thought it was a duplicate thread. :)


I'm on to you! :beer

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 07:38 PM

:lol nice steve. i havent put a rear line on yet, but i would be glad to purchase one and let you install it on my bike. :lol
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Posted 27 April 2009 - 07:39 PM

:lol Hopefully i'll be doing mine before the end of the week :lol
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Posted 27 April 2009 - 08:19 PM

That ratchet with the universal is dangerous.:lol
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Posted 27 April 2009 - 11:05 PM

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That ratchet with the universal is dangerous.:lol


:lol I couldnt find my shortest ext. for some odd reason


those universals are even more dangerous when someone has one on the impact wrench....flinging sockets across the garage area :)
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Posted 28 April 2009 - 04:07 AM

Nice write up Steve-O, yet again!

What kind of brake clean do you use? I just use soap and water on the pistons, and some q-tips
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Posted 28 April 2009 - 05:32 AM

4literranger485 said:

MOD PLEASE DON'T DELETE MY WRITE-UP AGAIN!:lol


I blame Ohio :lol


Nice write up :)
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Posted 28 April 2009 - 07:27 PM

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Nice write up Steve-O, yet again!

What kind of brake clean do you use? I just use soap and water on the pistons, and some q-tips


usually the cheap stuff from napa. i think brake cleaner, is brake cleaner :shifty I spray it on a rag though, not just directly onto the bike. That stuff has a way of going everywhere!
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Posted 29 April 2009 - 03:47 AM

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:rofl I couldnt find my shortest ext. for some odd reason


those universals are even more dangerous when someone has one on the impact wrench....flinging sockets across the garage area :shifty


if you are going to use a universay with an impact, use the correct type, I'd rather have the socket flying, rather than hundreds of little shards when the chrome ones give way
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Posted 29 April 2009 - 07:21 AM

yeah, we have this auto center on base where you can go work on your own car. some idiot had socket/universal on an impact wrench. the socket slipped off of the bolt and flung off and hit someones car. they were :shifty
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Posted 29 April 2009 - 08:32 AM

I use a 12mm box wrench and torque it to "a little sqeak and she's perfect".:shifty
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Posted 29 April 2009 - 08:41 AM

well, i haven't had my arm calibrated yet. so i'll stick to break-type torque metering devices :shifty
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Posted 21 June 2009 - 02:49 PM

Firstly I just want to say a big hello to everyone and also a big thank you for this post on changing brake pads - it was really helpful and SO easy to do!

I did find out something though that is a little worrying. About a month ago I had a new rear tyre put on to my bike and I was told that my rear pads will need changing. The mechanic didnt have any in stock, so he put everything back together.

When i got to change my rear pads this weekend, I found out to my horror and disgust that the mechanic didnt put the brake pad mounting pin back in to my rear brake calliper! I have been riding around with unsecure pads in.

I would just like to say that I will not be using this particular mechanic again and please everyone - if you go to a mechanic dont automatically think that they have done the work correctly and check what they have done afterwards. I certainly will from now onwards!
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Posted 21 June 2009 - 03:15 PM

rich1972 said:

Firstly I just want to say a big hello to everyone and also a big thank you for this post on changing brake pads - it was really helpful and SO easy to do!

I did find out something though that is a little worrying. About a month ago I had a new rear tyre put on to my bike and I was told that my rear pads will need changing. The mechanic didnt have any in stock, so he put everything back together.

When i got to change my rear pads this weekend, I found out to my horror and disgust that the mechanic didnt put the brake pad mounting pin back in to my rear brake calliper! I have been riding around with unsecure pads in.

I would just like to say that I will not be using this particular mechanic again and please everyone - if you go to a mechanic dont automatically think that they have done the work correctly and check what they have done afterwards. I certainly will from now onwards!


Luckily nothing happened.:beer
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Posted 29 August 2009 - 03:21 PM

good writeup..thanks
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Posted 13 October 2009 - 01:12 PM

thanks.
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