Question about 2002 Harley Davidson FXST Softail Standard
Following 02FXST HD Manual, I removed brake pads prior to removing wheel to fix a flat. Fixed flat/installed new floating break rotor. Prior to reinstalling rear wheel, I installed new inside brake pad and did tighten the pad pins just a bit. Installed wheel and now,new outside break pad will not fit. Seems the floating button on new rotor is blocking install. When I attempt to remove new inside break pad, the pins will not pull out although pins are completely loosened. Both sides of brake have pistons are fully retracted into their bores. I have not pumped or engaged the brake pedal.Thinking of reusing old brake pads (still have some life) to break in new rotor but first have to remove new inside pad. Thinking if I pump brake pedal that might unstick the pad pins, but I'm afraid of outside pistons coming out of their bore. How do I unstick the brake pad pins? Why are new brake pads not able to fit with new floating rotor?
I suggest pulling the axle out a bit to allow the caliper assy more freedom of movement. Then see if you can get the pins out. If not, you can put something (like a piece of wood) between the pistons and the rotor on the outside and gently pump the pedal to see if that does in fact loosen the pins. But a more fundemental question: is the new floating rotor the EXACT diameter as the OEM (or whatever was on there) rotor? It sounds to me like the rotor is jammed against the pins. If it is the same size, are the new pads the same shape as the old ones (same profile on the metal backing)?
Posted on Nov 20, 2008
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