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Old 03-07-2006, 02:44 AM   #1
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Brake pad removal (another stupid question)

How do you remove the pin to get the front brake pads out? I want to replace the stock squealers with some Galfer green pads. I had no problem getting the rear done (Galfer black), but after pulling the clip from the guide pin on the front calipers I can't seem to get that pin to go anywhere.

It seems to me that if they made the rear so you didn't have to pull the caliper to do the pads, they would design the front the same way ...I'm sure I'm just missing something obvious. Of course, it's the one thing that isn't in any of the manuals.

Anyone? I'm all ears!

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Old 03-07-2006, 08:36 AM   #2
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How do you remove the pin to get the front brake pads out?
If I remember correctly you don't remove the pin. The pads just "hang" in the caliper.
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Old 03-07-2006, 11:20 AM   #3
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Well, the pin goes through the pads, so the pin must get removed to remove the pads (the other end fits into the guide-slip, same as any other caliper); I just can't figure out how to remove the bloody pin!

...apparently nobody else has either!
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Old 03-07-2006, 11:32 AM   #4
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When I change brake pads on an unfamiliar caliper, I unbolt it from the front end (not the brake line) so I can turn it over and and get a better look at it.
Have you unbolted one of the calipers from the front end yet? So you can look at them properly?(as Blue suggests) They bolt right back on ... really.
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Old 03-07-2006, 11:44 AM   #5
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Simple really.......you gotta 'drive' em out with a nail punch.Unfortunately you have to drive them from the wheel side(awkward)AFTER you have removed the clips.Quite simple really but ya gotta look properly at them.

*Edit*

After going outside to check i have to backtrack and say you drive them TOWARDS the wheel......re installing is a b'stard trying to get you punch through the spokes and hit it with an hammer.

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Simple really.......you gotta 'drive' em out
Just I was going to come back and answer correctly... yes.
This is true.

sorry for my inaccurate description. I've had my pads out 3 times for different reasons. I couldn't remember between bikes how they came out.
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Old 03-07-2006, 12:22 PM   #7
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Simple really.......you gotta 'drive' em out with a nail punch.Unfortunately you have to drive them from the wheel side(awkward)AFTER you have removed the clips.Quite simple really but ya gotta look properly at them.
That's what it looked like, but I couldn't tell for sure that they would come out that way (the "head" of the pin looks like it's part of the caliper body in my crappy parking-garage light) and I didn't want to apply any serious force without being sure.

I didn't have the right tools to pull the caliper (larger sockets) last night, so I didn't. I live in an apartment and all my real tools live in a friend's garage near LAX, which can be quite a long drive on a rainy SoCal day (native Californians FREAK OUT when it rains, and drive into eachother with startling consistancy).

If I can't get the pin out tonight, I'll go get my real tools and pull the calipers. It just seemed that it was, most likely, not necessary.

...I still don't understand why they exclude the brakes from the service & owner's manuals.
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