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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-17-2008, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
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How-to: Changing brake pads on my '02 VTX1800C

Thanks to everybody who has posted on this topic in the past; I used some of that info to change out the brake pads on my '02 VTX1800C this weekend.

Here's what I did... I bought 3 sets of pads via eBAY.

On the front, one side at a time, I:

1. Located and removed the rubber stopper that's called the brake pin cover

2. Unloosened the brake pin slightly using a "30" hex wrench

3. Removed the front bolt that holds the caliper to the frame of the wheel

4. Loosened the rear bolt that holds the caliper in place just enough to swing the caliper up and out from the rotor

5. Depressed the pistons by inserting a flat head screwdriver bween the old pads

6. Continued to remove the pad pin such that the outer pad fell out

7. Snapped it's replacement pad in

8. Pulled the pad pin out enough to drop the inner pad

9. Snapped it's replacement pad in

10. Put the pad pin back in but didn't tighten all the way

11. Spread the pads a little with a flathead screwdriver to ensure they'd clear the rotor

12. Swung the caliper back in place and rpelced the one bolt and tightened the other and then tightened the pad pin

The rear brake would have been even easier except that I didn't have a long pad pin hex bit. The pad pin is extremely recessed and I have to buy a long "30" bit for it. I'll do that later.

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Good going!

And on that rear...they are famous for being "tough" to get out. Definitely get a good long shank allen wrench.!

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Be sure to buy a top quality hex wrench. Rounding off the hex wrench and screwing up the pad pin while in the middle of the job makes for a lot of frustration and lost time.

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How many miles on the bike and....did you measure the pads you took out? Just wondering.

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How many miles on the bike and....did you measure the pads you took out? Just wondering.
Around 22K miles; the pads have been squealing up front for some time now. After changing out the front, I noticed how much less I have to squeeze the brake handle. I'm hoping the same for the back brake foot lever after I get a good hex wrench set.

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The back brake pads were even easier

Once I got that pesky pad pin out, the back brakes were a breeze to change on my '02 XC.

I couldn't find a hex bit in metric that fit on the end of a socket wrench. I ened up using Pep Boy's l-shaped hex wrench "something-Pal" that had a plastic handle for the hex wrench to give me enough torque to unlock the pad pin.

First, though, I pushed back the pistons then loosened the bolt nearest the shock (not like the VTX1300 pix that others refer to), swung the caliper out a little, took out the pad pin, easily replaced the brake pads, reinstalled the pad pin, replaced the bolt, pressed on the brake pedal to seat the pads and bada-bing, it was done.

It's nice to be able to save $150-200 or so doing these things myself since I'm not a mechanic by any means. And finding how-to instructions here has been a great help!

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