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Old 05-28-2013, 04:26 PM   #1
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Brake pad change

Question. How difficult, and to want degree of technical skill does one need to change there front and read brake pads? I really want to start getting more comfortable with performing certain maintenance requirements on my bike (ZX14). I have seen a few videos and read a few step-by-step write ups and all in all, it looks fairly cut and dry. Has anyone had any bad experiences with the process? Are there any special tools required?
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Old 05-28-2013, 04:33 PM   #2
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Pull calipers, pop out pads and replace. Then change fluid and bleed..have you ever done a car? It's pretty simple. What side of town are you on I'm sure someone could help
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Just don't press the lever or pedal when your pads are out that will push the pistons out.
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Old 05-28-2013, 05:30 PM   #4
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The rear is so easy it aint even funny
I have 14 cals on my 10, I could help out
And change fluid or bleed aint necessary
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Super easy....you dont have to change your fluid but I would....Brake fluid is corrosive...BRAKE FLUID IS CORROSIVE....dont get it on your paint or it will eat that up....

You are going to have to push the pistons back in to get the new thicker brake pads over the brake rotor. U can use anything flat to stick in there to apply pressure to push the pistons back in...probably have to do it over and over again as the other side will push out. Also take off the resevior cap and make sure it doesnt overflow the resevior.
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Yeah I spread the pistons while the old pads are still in. Makes it easier
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Thanks to all that have responded. I live in west Houston off of Westheimer and Dairy Ashford. I have done brakes on a car before but it has been a while and I really want to make sure I do not screw anything up. I would really prefer that someone who has done it before be there with me as I would be doing all of the work if a single person can do it. Just as an extra set of eyes. Snacks and beer would be on me of course, lol.
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Also clean the plunger pistons before pressing them back in with the new pads.
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