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How to replace rear brake pads on Harley softail 2004. thanks

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Remove any saddlebags or whatever might be in the way as to impede your access to the rear brake caliper. Remove the two bolts that holds the brake caliper in the caliper bracket. Set the caliper aside so that the hose is not crimped or the caliper is hanging by the hose. The hose can be damaged on the inside and cause the brake to fail to release.

Look at the pads and the anti-rattle hardware and see how it all fits into the caliper bracket. Once you know how it goes, replace the pads and hardware.

Now, you must 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 into the caliper. Use rags or thin strips of wood to protect the paint and finish on the caliper. Once you have the piston fully compressed, replace it on the caliper bracket while being careful not to disturb the pads or hardware. Insert and tighten the screws to 25 foot pounds of torque.

Slowly depress the rear brake foot pedal and release it. Continue to do this until you get a full firm pedal. Test the brakes before you ride the bike. Failure to test for proper braking action prior to riding the bike can lead to severe injury or death. Make sure you do this job correctly.

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