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OfflineThe Wolf

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    Brake Calliper/Pads Assistance.
    « on: 2016-01-08 00:37:32 »
    I dont suppose anyone has any video footage do they of a how to change the front and rear brake pads? I'm sure its not in the slightest bit complicated but if I could watch a video before I get my spanners out I think that would be helpful.


    Many thanks in advance.

    Offlinee7navy1999

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      Re: Brake Calliper/Pads Assistance.
      « Reply #1 on: 2016-01-08 01:38:06 »
      it is not difficult at all.  The most complicated part is dealing with the handle bar and under seat reservoirs.  DON't spill any fluid on your paint of wind screen.  Protect with trash bags.  Here is a K1200 video.  K16 and k12 are very similar. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQju4UmstG8

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        Re: Brake Calliper/Pads Assistance.
        « Reply #2 on: 2016-01-08 01:57:38 »
        Where in the UK are you Wolf?
        2012 K1600GT-SE

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          Re: Brake Calliper/Pads Assistance.
          « Reply #3 on: 2016-01-08 11:58:56 »
          Many thanks for the video, much easier to understand than written instructions. I note that you didn't put any copper slip on the back of the pads after installation, is it ok not to do that?


          Bob, I'm in West Yorkshire.


          I feel confident now to have a go at this. I've changed pads on my previous bike, the Kawasaki GTR many times over the years, I just wanted the heads up on the K16 technique. Many thanks indeed.




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            Re: Brake Calliper/Pads Assistance.
            « Reply #4 on: 2016-01-08 12:47:55 »
            Replacing the pads is exactly like replacing pads on a car.  Maybe watch a you tube of replacing disk brake pads on most any car.  make sure you know the torques when putting the bolts back into place

            Tools:
            -New pads with pad anti noise silicone compound (little squeeze tube)
            -Torques tips to fit the caliper mounting bolts and reservoirs covers
            plastic bags, tape to protect painted parts.  BRAKE FLUID IS A GREAT PAINT REMOVER!!! Beware.  Even a little on your hands can leave nasty finger marks into your paint over time
            -Dot4 brake fluid (fresh) 1 small bottle should be plenty but two if you want to do a really stellar job
            -plastic bottle with a 6"-12" long clear plastic hose
            -Piece of wood to push/leverage old pads to near max opening position...this is where it is tricky, when you push/pry open the old pads the fluid behind the cylinders has to go somewhere.  Sometimes I just use a flat screwdriver blade to pry the pads/cylinders apart as they are toast anyway.  You have to watch the reservoirs closely to make certain they do not overflow and make a mess.  Brake fluid is a great paint remover
            - use the plastic bottle and hose to suck out old fluid as the reservoirs fill up
            -Take a few pics in case you forget how things go back together
            -remove old pads and install new ones just backwards steps from removing the old ones.  Don't forget to add the anti squeal paste between the pad and the cylinder
            -After pads are in-place and remounted and all bottles torqued..suck out as much old fluid as you can from the reservoirs. 
            -Add new fluid into reservoirs and begin bleeding air from front and rear ...your choice as to which one to do first.  I do rear first usually...this is just like bleeding air in car breaks.  open bleed valve at caliper...pump..close bleed valve...release and fill.  over and over again.   pump...fill using the bleed valve at the caliper ...Just like bleeding brakes both drum and disk on a car or truck. 


            When all finished wash with water and soap just in-case you got some fluid onto your paint

            Please..this is just a brief summary of a pad change...watch most any car disk pad you-tube and you will pick up what I may have left out of is unclear to you

            For the brake fluid bleed down I have a really nifty trick that makes it near impossible to introduce air into you system.  AIR IS YOUR ENEMY.  Even the most tiny bubbles.  DO NOT SHAKE YOUR FRESH BRAKE FLUID and DO not leave the lid off for more than a few minutes...it absorbes water from the atmosphere.  Moisture is BAD NEWS as well

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              Re: Brake Calliper/Pads Assistance.
              « Reply #5 on: 2016-01-08 21:48:38 »
              If yer need a hand you only need to ask my friend 😃

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                Re: Brake Calliper/Pads Assistance.
                « Reply #6 on: 2016-01-10 14:26:59 »
                Charlie, I wouldn't be able to afford the coffee costs!  ;D