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Checking pads with wheel installed. Lay down and look up at the bottom of the calipers
Checking pads with wheel installed. Lay down and look up at the bottom of the calipers
You can see the top side by looking down in through the fender with a light
You can see the top side by looking down in through the fender with a light
First I removed the fender and wheel
First I removed the fender and wheel
I left the caliper bolts threaded in enough to hold the caliper
I left the caliper bolts threaded in enough to hold the caliper
Then I removed the bolts on the rear of the caliper
Then I removed the bolts on the rear of the caliper
You don't have to remove the back just to replace the pads, but it makes cleaning the pistons easier.
You don't have to remove the back just to replace the pads, but it makes cleaning the pistons easier.
Now I remove the plug over the brake pad pin bolt
Now I remove the plug over the brake pad pin bolt
And then I remove the bolt
And then I remove the bolt
When you pull the pin bolt out, be ready for the pads to fall out.
When you pull the pin bolt out, be ready for the pads to fall out.
Now I carefully clean the pistons with a toothbrush and soapy water to get all the grunge off.
Now I carefully clean the pistons with a toothbrush and soapy water to get all the grunge off.
Then I blow it dry with compressed air to make sure all the soap and grit is gone
Then I blow it dry with compressed air to make sure all the soap and grit is gone
I follow this up with a bit of de-natured alcohol
I follow this up with a bit of de-natured alcohol
Now I can push the pistons back in with my thumbs
Now I can push the pistons back in with my thumbs
Here you can see my old pads are down to 2mm. They could still be used for a while longer, but at 1mm they should be replaced
Here you can see my old pads are down to 2mm. They could still be used for a while longer, but at 1mm they should be replaced
Here is a comparison to the new pads, which are just over 4mm
Here is a comparison to the new pads, which are just over 4mm
4mm on the new pads
4mm on the new pads
Left and Right side front pads
Left and Right side front pads
Wear indicators are at about 1mm
Wear indicators are at about 1mm
Wear indicators are at about 1mm
Wear indicators are at about 1mm
Here is a look at the back half of the caliper with anti-rattle spring. Note the irregular edge faces out.
Here is a look at the back half of the caliper with anti-rattle spring. Note the irregular edge faces out.
Here is a look at the anti-rattle spring.
Here is a look at the anti-rattle spring.
You can feel how the caliper moves on the slides by pushing on the black portion with the wheel removed
You can feel how the caliper moves on the slides by pushing on the black portion with the wheel removed
Here is a look at the upper left slide. This needs to be greased
Here is a look at the upper left slide. This needs to be greased
Here is a better look at the slide under the rubber boot
Here is a better look at the slide under the rubber boot
Here is a look at the lower left slide.
Here is a look at the lower left slide.
I carefully smeared some high temp grease into the boot and on the slider
I carefully smeared some high temp grease into the boot and on the slider
The right side brake slides are easier to get at, as you can remove the whole caliper, and expose the slides.
The right side brake slides are easier to get at, as you can remove the whole caliper, and expose the slides.
Here is another look at the right side caliper slides
Here is another look at the right side caliper slides
I smear High Temp grease on both slide bars.
I smear High Temp grease on both slide bars.
Here I get the other slide.
Here I get the other slide.
I also grease the bushing on the left caliper for the anti-dive system
I also grease the bushing on the left caliper for the anti-dive system
Here I use brake cleaner to clean the rotors
Here I use brake cleaner to clean the rotors
Here is a look at how the top of the pads are held in
Here is a look at how the top of the pads are held in
See how both pads fit into the retainer clip.
See how both pads fit into the retainer clip.
Here is a look at how the pad is held in both top and bottom
Here is a look at how the pad is held in both top and bottom
There is a small o-ring on the end of the pad pin
There is a small o-ring on the end of the pad pin
To install the new pads, I first install the pin into the pads and let them hang.
To install the new pads, I first install the pin into the pads and let them hang.
Now I align the inboard pad with the left edge of the caliper bracket and push it up into place.
Now I align the inboard pad with the left edge of the caliper bracket and push it up into place.
Once it is up all the way, you have to slide the caliper bracet back to get the top notch in the pad into the retainer
Once it is up all the way, you have to slide the caliper bracet back to get the top notch in the pad into the retainer
Here the pad is fully inserted and the top notch is in the retainer
Here the pad is fully inserted and the top notch is in the retainer
Inboard left side pad installed and caliper shifted over to facilitate installing outboard pad
Inboard left side pad installed and caliper shifted over to facilitate installing outboard pad
Do the outboard pad the same way.
Do the outboard pad the same way.
This gave me a good opotunity to clean the forks lowers and fender inside real good.
This gave me a good opotunity to clean the forks lowers and fender inside real good.
Tweaking Rotor Carrier on a Kawasaki Concours
Tweaking Rotor Carrier on a Kawasaki Concours
SecondaryBrakeClevis 001a.JPG
SecondaryBrakeClevis 001a.JPG
SecondaryBrakeClevis 002a.JPG
SecondaryBrakeClevis 002a.JPG
GL1800BrakeRecall.JPG
GL1800BrakeRecall.JPG
The left inboard pad always wears out first on the GL1800
The left inboard pad always wears out first on the GL1800
AirBagLeftSide.jpg
AirBagLeftSide.jpg
AirBagRightBrake.png
AirBagRightBrake.png
PadReplace.jpg
PadReplace.jpg