My brakes feel funny…
Ever since I’ve swapped the GSXR1000 forks onto my SV650, I’ve felt like the brakes have been a little off. At first, I thought that the pads were getting stuck on the calipers or maybe the fluid was dirty. The first thing I did was change the fluid, since that was fast, and it got a little better. I decided, the next step would be to change the pads.
- New Brake Pads
- 5 mm and 3 mm Alan Keys
- 12 mm wrench or socket
- Sand paper
- Anti-seize lubricant or brake grease
First, you’ll want to remove the 3 mm alan bolts that hold the dust cover over the back of the brakes:
Then you’ll want to loosen the 5 mm alan bolt that holds the brake pads in. Don’t take this all the way off yet, as you don’t want the pads sliding out. Next remove the 12 mm bolts holding the caliper in. Now you’re ready to take that 5 mm alan bolt out:
After you’ve done that you can go ahead and pull the pads out:
Now this is where it gets fun, what you want to do now is thoroughly clean the insides of the calipers as well as the hardware. This includes the dust shield and the 5 mm alan bolt. After you’ve cleaned everything, go ahead and put a liberal amount of grease on the back of the pad as well as the sides of the caliper. You’ll also want to lube up any part of the hardware that touches the pad, this includes the inside of the dust cover as well as the shaft of the 5 mm alan bolt:
Before you go ahead and put everything back together, it is always a good idea to scrub down the front and back of the brake disc with some fine sand paper to get it ready to mate with the new pad.
You can now go ahead and place the pads back into the caliper. Then you should slide the 5 mm alan bolt back into place and tighten it down. Next put the dust cover back on with the 2 alan bolts.
Finally slide the caliper back onto the caliper and align it back with the fork mounts. Go ahead and hand tighten both the bolts before you use the wrench. Use a lot of care when you use the wrench because the calipers are made of aluminum and therefore pretty soft.
There you go, you’re all set. You’ll probably want to go out and bed the pads so that you can brake correctly. Pump the front brakes until the lever feels firm.
If you’d like more details on how to bed your brakes take a look at my SV650 pad change. The bottom has the two ways you can bed your brakes.
So now you may be thinking, why did your brakes feel weird. Well take a look at this:
As you can see there was clearly a missing piece of pad here. I’m guessing that something got stuck in the caliper during a crash or something. Well either way, I really hope this fixes everything… If not then you’ll soon see a write up on how you go about rebuilding your calipers.