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Can i change the rear brake pads without taking the tire off?

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  • tonybajek Mar 31, 2011

    will the rotor be in the way to get the pad out ? never done brakes before on a motorcycle,cars yes. so how do i do this(change both pads)please be specific. thank you.

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Isn't it the other way around?
You can't take the tire off without first taking off the brake caliper?
It is the brake caliper you have to take off.

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