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Offline FireBladerDk

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Brake Pads - Rear, Replacement - DIY Article
« on: 25 December, 2008, 01:46:43 PM »
I have prepared a DIY article with lots of pictures about rear brake pad replacement. Here is a link to it Brake Pads - Rear, Replacement.

I will suggest Big Bear to include it under the Articles section.

I also popose to use this thread for feed back and discussion.

Regards ... Fred  :002:

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Re: Brake Pads - Rear, Replacement - DIY Article
« Reply #1 on: 27 December, 2008, 08:00:40 PM »
Another great article from Freddy  :152:

It's been added to the site articles

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Re: Brake Pads - Rear, Replacement - DIY Article
« Reply #2 on: 28 December, 2008, 10:49:28 AM »
Excellent, well done indeed.  :495:
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Re: Brake Pads - Rear, Replacement - DIY Article
« Reply #3 on: 28 December, 2008, 06:27:49 PM »
Good man, Freddy!

Now just nip to the front end and show us what needs to be done there!  :002:

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Re: Brake Pads - Rear, Replacement - DIY Article
« Reply #4 on: 28 December, 2008, 06:42:23 PM »
I think it'l be some time before my bikes front pads are up for replacement Brit182.  :027:
Maybe one of the good British lads visiting my wife and me on their Denmark tour next may need font pads replacement. In that case we could do it quicker.  :001:

Or one of the many other members (I'm fishing now  :068: ) could spend some winter time in the garage and at the keyboard.

Regards ... Fred :santa_smiley:

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Re: Brake Pads - Rear, Replacement - DIY Article
« Reply #5 on: 29 December, 2008, 03:31:56 PM »
Hey Freddy ....you ever thought about working for Haynes Manuals ? .... might show them a thing or two .... understood your article better !!!

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Re: Brake Pads - Rear, Replacement - DIY Article
« Reply #6 on: 29 December, 2008, 04:06:29 PM »
Thanks nbells, no - it's more fun just to have it as a hobby I think  :santa_smiley:
One big advantage of an on-line manual is that it is possible to use many high resolution pictures. I have always found it difficult to see enough on the small black-and-white pictures in the printed manuals.
I must say though, that the original Honda manual has extremely many good pictures and illustrations. It is however written for people with a professional level of expertise, taking it for granted that people just know standard stuff well. That is why I'm contributing to our on-line manual, so as years come, we will be able to keep our bikes in perfect condition at low cost.
I was inspired by all the DIY articles you can find on the web for e.g. BMW autos. Here in Denmark where at least 200% tax is added on the import price of cars and bikes, you normall need to have a very high income if you want to own a BMW 323i like mine. The car is very reliable, needing almost no repairs, but BMW charges for service and maintenance are real heavy. Funny enough BMW do not charge to much for their original spare parts, so if you can DIY you can own a really nice car, and a ditto bike at very low cost  :santa_afro:

... Fred  :santa_smiley:

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Re: Brake Pads - Rear, Replacement - DIY Article
« Reply #7 on: 30 December, 2008, 08:39:58 PM »
Fred, this is excellent and perfectly timed.  When my bike decides to start again (small problem with the PGMFI and HISS lights not extinguishing when turning ignition on), I am going to change engine oil and filter, and rear and front disc pads.  I have never been able to do it myself until I saw your article - and I reckon I should be able to follow that (40 years of riding, 0years of mechanical skills!).  I presume changing the front pads is similar to the rear?

Cheers again, and Happy New Year

Phil Carter

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Re: Brake Pads - Rear, Replacement - DIY Article
« Reply #8 on: 30 December, 2008, 10:56:35 PM »
Phil,
I read about your starting troubles in the other threads and it really sounds as a fault induced by the heated grips installation. When events coinside like that, it is most often one thing causing the other, so back to Honda on the warranty.
I had the Honda heated grips installed by the Honda garage when I bought my 2007 CBF1000A and it has worked well. The grips are however very sensitive to too low voltage so they are the first to show symptoms in case of low charging voltage, e.g. in case of alternator failure.
I rearranged the wiring to the grips recently when installing a Garmin ZŘmo GPS. Not connecting to anything different, but just to shorten the curled up wires and to make it look a lot more pretty. While doing this I also measured the voltage drop in the wires, and found this to be too high for my liking. If I recall correctly the drop was more than 250 mV, and that is way to much because there is supposed to be an under-voltage detection circuit in the grip control unit which is supposed to switch off the grips in case of under-voltage (to prevent battery discharge). If I'm wright, this might be the reason for so many reporting about troubles with their heated grips.
During this winter I will do some further investigation and probably come up with a suggestion for an improved wiring.

Now back to the brakes:
Replacement of the front pads is in principle all the same as the rear pads. Also the same torque for the pad pin. Take some pictures if you can and write up a DIY article afterwards  :santa_smiley:  :068:

Regards ... Fred


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Re: Brake Pads - Rear, Replacement - DIY Article
« Reply #9 on: 02 January, 2009, 09:41:15 PM »
Fred,

Sorry for delay, but been out of action with wisdom teeth removal - not to be recommended!

Anyhow, much appreciate your feedback on the heated grips - looking at the wiring it does seem fairly circuitous and downright ugly.  I'm no electrician, but I will look for someone to help me tidy it up after she's gone back to the dealer.  Strangely, the grips were fitted last January and after the initial breakdown, they have worked well until now.  Perhaps some shoddy soldering has cracked with the cold weather?

When they have fixed it, I will perform the oil/filter change and pads - will take photos of front disc and post as a DIY.  Happy New Year, and thanks again.

Phil.

 


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