Question about 2006 Harley Davidson XL 883 Sportster
Whenever servicing brakes, extreme care must be taken to ensure that the job is done correctly. Severe injury or death can result from an improperly done brake job.
To replace the rear pads, remove the two bolts that hold the caliper in the caliper bracket. Lift the caliper off and move it out of the way. Do not crimp the rear brake line. Take notice of how the pads, the stainless steel pad clips and the anti-rattle spring is positioned in the caliper bracket. Remover the old pads and brake parts. Install the new pads making sure you put the friction side of the brake pad against the rotor. Don't laugh I've seen many brake pads put in metal to metal, especially on the backside pad. Make sure the metal end clips are positioned correctly.
Now, you've got to press the piston back into the caliper so that the caliper will go down over the new pads. I usually use a large pair of slip joint pliers but a C-clamp works well. Make sure you protect the paint on your caliper. Remove the master cylinder top and watch the fluid level as you press the piston back into the caliper. Don't allow the master cylinder to overflow. Remove fluid if you have to. Once you get the piston fully pressed back into the caliper, carefully slide it into position while not knocking the pads out of their position.
Install the two bolts and carefully work the rear brake pedal until the pedal feels normal. You may have to depress the pedal a few times before it feels right. Top off the fluid level using the correct type of brake fluid. Never mix two different types of brake fluid such as DOT4 and DOT5 (US). This will cause problems in the future as they do not mix.
Before riding the bike, check for proper brake operation. When you do test ride the bike, test the brakes before you reach a speed of over ten miles per hour. Remember, it's you that is going to ride the bike first. Make sure you do this job correctly.
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