Join Date: May 2007
Location: Newport News, VA
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!
Greg in SE Virginia
2000 Harley UC
Gone, but not forgotten: VTX1300S, VTX1800C, Aero 750 (couch on wheels)