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How do you change a caliper on a honda shadow 1100. right front

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First you want to clamp off the rubber line going to the caliper. You can put rubber hoses on needle nose vise grips and put them on the rubber hose. DO NOT put vise grips on rubber line without protection from the teeth on the hose. Second follow the hose down to where the metal meets the caliper and remove that bolt going through the line into the caliper, DO NOT LOSE BOLT. notice the copper washers? make sure you put the new ones in the same way. next remove the two bolts going through the caliper into the fork. check the rotor over very good for blue spots, if you find some, it wouldnt be a bad idea to replace the rotor as well. Now to install the new caliper put your new pads in the caliper. put the caliper back over the rotor and reconnect caliper to fork. remmeber the copper washers? put one between the caliper and brake line, and one between the brakeline and the bolt head. make sure not to over tighten the bolt into the caliper. now bleed the brakes, and keep checking the fluid level while doing so. most likely its dot 4 brake fluid, but the cover on the resevoir will tell you. or refer to your owners manual to make 100% sure.IF I remember right, the right caliper is independent from the rear brake. but dont hold me to that :) any questions shoot me an email and ill go in more thurough.

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