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How do you change rear brake pads on a 2004 fatboy

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There are two bolts that hold the rear caliper into the rear caliper bracket. Remove these two bolts and the caliper lifts out of the bracket.

Notice how the pads and the anti-rattle hardware is positioned in the bracket. Replace the pads and hardware making certain that you get the fiber side of the pads against the brake rotor.

Now, you must get the piston back into it's bore. I use either a large C-clamp or a large pair of slip joint pliers to press the piston back into it's bore. Use rags or thin pieces of wood to protect the finish on your caliper.

Once the piston is completely pressed into it's bore, carefully replace the caliper back into the bracket without disturning the pads. Slowly depress and release the rear brake pedal until you get a full firm pedal. Test the brakes before you ride the bike. Failure to properly service the brakes on your bike can result in serious injury or death. Make certain that you do this job correctly or take to an experienced person to have it done. If your bike quits it makes you mad, if it won't stop, it hurts you.

Ride safe.
Steve

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No, you don't.

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DO i HAVE TO TAKE OFF MY BACK TIRE TO CHANGE THE BRAKE PADS

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Well, I don't know because you failed to tell me what year model yours was. On the rear brakes, unless Harley has changed something, the caliper comes out of the caliper bracket. On the earlier models, there were two bolts that held it in. If you bike is later than 2007 year model, it indeed may have three bolts. I have not worked on one this late yet. From the drawing it looks like there are two bolts that hold the caliper in the caliper bracket and the third takes the caliper apart. Now, you can go to http://www.bikebandit,com and look up the rear brake on your bike and see an exploded drawing of the rear brakes. The 2007 year model is the latest model Fatboy that they show. If they don't show your particular year and model, it's because they show it for an earlier model. If you're in doubt about how to do the job, either get someone that knows how to do it or purchase a shop manual. I work on the models up to 2000 year model in the Softail series. I do not work on the Twin Cam equipped bikes and Harley has evidently changed the rear brakes on the later models. Don't mess with brakes unless you are sure of what your doing, they're too important. Since I cannot see what you're working on, do not try to go by my previous instructions for the earlier model. I'm sorry I can't help you more.

Good Luck
steve

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Take the two bolts out that hold the caliper into the caliber bracket. Look at the pads and the anti-rattle hardware and make sure you know how it all goes in there. Remove and replace the pads and hardware.

You'll have compress the piston back into the caliper. I use either a large C-clamp or a large pair of slip joint pliers to compress the piston. Use a rag or a couple of pieces of wood to protect the finish on your caliper.

Once the piston is completely compressed into the caliper, carefully reposition it onto the caliper bracket. Install the two bolts and torque them to 20 foot pounds. Step on the rear brake slowly several times until you get a full firm brake pedal. Test the brakes before you ride the bike.

Good Luck
Steve

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Well, I don't know because you failed to tell me what year model yours was. On the rear brakes, unless Harley has changed something, the caliper comes out of the caliper bracket. On the earlier models, there were two bolts that held it in. If you bike is later than 2007 year model, it indeed may have three bolts. I have not worked on one this late yet. From the drawing it looks like there are two bolts that hold the caliper in the caliper bracket and the third takes the caliper apart. Now, you can go to http://www.bikebandit,com and look up the rear brake on your bike and see an exploded drawing of the rear brakes. The 2007 year model is the latest model Fatboy that they show. If they don't show your particular year and model, it's because they show it for an earlier model. If you're in doubt about how to do the job, either get someone that knows how to do it or purchase a shop manual. I work on the models up to 2000 year model in the Softail series. I do not work on the Twin Cam equipped bikes and Harley has evidently changed the rear brakes on the later models. Don't mess with brakes unless you are sure of what your doing, they're too important. Since I cannot see what you're working on, do not try to go by my previous instructions for the earlier model. I'm sorry I can't help you more.

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Take the two bolts out that hold the caliper into the caliber bracket. Look at the pads and the anti-rattle hardware and make sure you know how it all goes in there. Remove and replace the pads and hardware.

You'll have compress the piston back into the caliper. I use either a large C-clamp or a large pair of slip joint pliers to compress the piston. Use a rag or a couple of pieces of wood to protect the finish on your caliper.

Once the piston is completely compressed into the caliper, carefully reposition it onto the caliper bracket. Install the two bolts and torque them to 20 foot pounds. Step on the rear brake slowly several times until you get a full firm brake pedal. Test the brakes before you ride the bike.

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