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Question Rear brake pads replacement

Only 6k and rear pads are gone. But thats normal since i use rear brakes all the time, and only about 30% of the time i use front brakes. But thats not why i'm posting here. The work here has not been so stable lately so i don't really have any money to spare for the shop manual.

Can someone please help me out by posting directions or diagrams on how to remove rear caliper? It looks pretty similar to the car brakes, do i just need to take one bolt out and loosen another, or is there a special way to remove the caliper? Do i have to bleed the brakes or not? Please, any info will be appreciated.

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1.remove right saddlebag.
2.If ABS equipped, carefully cut cable strap to release rear wheel speed sensor cable from brake hose to caliper.
3.remove 2 screws to release brake caliper from caliper bracket.
4.remove brake caliper from brake rotor.
NOTE: do not operate brake pedal with rear brake caliper removed.
The instructions tell you to stand the bike upright and remove the rear master cylinder reservoir cover, if you do this you have to take measures to protect the paint. I have found that it is NOT NECESSARY to remove the cover on the rear brake master cylinder reservoir, THE PISTONS WILL PUSH IN JUST FINE WITHOUT THE REMOVAL OF THE COVER.
5.alternately push each pad back until pistons are fully seated in the bores.
6. pull retaining clip from groove in pad pin.
7.remove pad pin.
8. remove the brake pads.
9. install new brake pads making sure to put the brake pad lubricant on the rear of the pads.
10. install brake pad pin with retaining clip.
11.install brake caliper onto the brake caliper bracket.
12. pump rear brake pedal to set the pads. (if you took off the cover of the rear brake reservoir you will have to put the cover back on before pumping the brake pedal, then you may have to remove the cover to fill the reservoir after setting the pads)
13.reattach the ABS cable & put the saddlebag back on.

I shorten the instruction some, but this will get you through the brake pad replacement just fine.


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Thanks for the help, directions made my life much easier. Took me about 15-20minutes to do the whole thing.

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Thanks for asking for this information and thanks for posting. Now I will be doing mine. I can understand the tight money thing, I am having a hard time scraping up the money for the 10K service, so I will be tackling that myself for the most part and just have the dealership do the things that I can't do or don't have the tools to do.

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1.remove right saddlebag.
2.If ABS equipped, carefully cut cable strap to release rear wheel speed sensor cable from brake hose to caliper.
3.remove 2 screws to release brake caliper from caliper bracket.
4.remove brake caliper from brake rotor.
NOTE: do not operate brake pedal with rear brake caliper removed.
The instructions tell you to stand the bike upright and remove the rear master cylinder reservoir cover, if you do this you have to take measures to protect the paint. I have found that it is NOT NECESSARY to remove the cover on the rear brake master cylinder reservoir, THE PISTONS WILL PUSH IN JUST FINE WITHOUT THE REMOVAL OF THE COVER.
5.alternately push each pad back until pistons are fully seated in the bores.
6. pull retaining clip from groove in pad pin.
7.remove pad pin.
8. remove the brake pads.
9. install new brake pads making sure to put the brake pad lubricant on the rear of the pads.
10. install brake pad pin with retaining clip.
11.install brake caliper onto the brake caliper bracket.
12. pump rear brake pedal to set the pads. (if you took off the cover of the rear brake reservoir you will have to put the cover back on before pumping the brake pedal, then you may have to remove the cover to fill the reservoir after setting the pads)
13.reattach the ABS cable & put the saddlebag back on.

I shorten the instruction some, but this will get you through the brake pad replacement just fine.

Excellent instructions, I would suggest cleaning the pistons with brake clean before you push them in.
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My 2010 FLTRX requires removal of the rear wheel to remove the caliper.

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My 2010 FLTRX requires removal of the rear wheel to remove the caliper.
Really? I thought the same thing, but a little wiggle on the caliper did the job. It did take some more effort to put it back in, but i did get it in there.

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Only 6k and rear pads are gone. But thats normal since i use rear brakes all the time, and only about 30% of the time i use front brakes. But thats not why i'm posting here. The work here has not been so stable lately so i don't really have any money to spare for the shop manual.

Can someone please help me out by posting directions or diagrams on how to remove rear caliper? It looks pretty similar to the car brakes, do i just need to take one bolt out and loosen another, or is there a special way to remove the caliper? Do i have to bleed the brakes or not? Please, any info will be appreciated.
I was interested to know if that kind of break wear is normal. I have over 18K miles, and both front and back look fine. I usually break by downshifting, but 6K seems kinda significant.


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See, i'm an aggressive driver/rider. I go faster than most therefore i need to apply the brakes heavier than most. I also do a lot of rear brake "dragging". So i'm not really surprised that the pads went out so early, i would've expected at least 10k, but thats ok.

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