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Old Apr 25th, 2011, 9:59 am
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Steps - Changing Front Brake Pads

I found a great write-up, article for the rear brake pads.....but can't find anything, step by step for changing out the front brake pads.....

Do I need to take off the front wheel?
Do I need to take the calipers off the disk?
What about pushing the pistons out??? Do I open the bleeder, as to not push the brake fluid back through the system (could damage the ABS)???


I would love a step by step with pics..... Anyone?

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Old Apr 25th, 2011, 11:05 am
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Re: Steps - Changing Front Brake Pads

Need to know what year you have. Late 2001 and up no need to pull the calipers. Just the spring plate and holding pin to get the pads out. Early bike you have to pull the calipers.
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Old Apr 25th, 2011, 7:49 pm
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What John says here is correct. To add some info, if your calipers say "Brembo" you have the early style which will need to be reomved to change pads. If they say "BMW" you can get away with just pulling the pads similar to the rear caliper.

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Need to know what year you have. Late 2001 and up no need to pull the calipers. Just the spring plate and holding pin to get the pads out. Early bike you have to pull the calipers.
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Re: Steps - Changing Front Brake Pads

I worked on a 2002....so they had the BMW brakes.

For the rear, I went ahead and removed the two bolts that hold the brake assembly. That way I could have some room to work. There were two cotter pins to remove and then pull out the two pins....and the brake pads pulled out easily. I pressed the calipers in....and slid in the new pads.

On the front, I did not have to remove the brakes and there was just one cotter pin and a single pin. Same....push in the calipers, slide in the new pads...etc...

This was the easier brake job I have ever done in my life. Anyone paying a dealer big money to do this job....well, you are wasting your dough.
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For the rear, I went ahead and removed the two bolts that hold the brake assembly. That way
Just note that the front and rear bolts on the rear caliper are unique and not interchangeable. But no real need to remove them.
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Re: Steps - Changing Front Brake Pads

Any feedback if the stainless steel brake pins are of any good?
I see these on the UK ebay sites.
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Re: Steps - Changing Front Brake Pads

wish mine was so simple. I have an 03 and the pistons in the calipers do NOT want to compress on both sides at the same time (yes i pulled the cap on the res). I am going out to give it another go as the pads are just about gone and I will not be without a ride heh.
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Re: Steps - Changing Front Brake Pads

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Any feedback if the stainless steel brake pins are of any good?
I see these on the UK ebay sites.


How about a link as I have no idea what a brake pin is anyway. The only one I know of is the one that keeps the pad from coming out. Why would you want to "upgrade" that?
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wish mine was so simple. I have an 03 and the pistons in the calipers do NOT want to compress on both sides at the same time (yes i pulled the cap on the res). I am going out to give it another go as the pads are just about gone and I will not be without a ride heh.
Posted on your other post as well. Put the calipers back on empty and use the old pads to lever the pistons back. As one side goes in install the new pad there and continue to use the old pad on the other side to push the piston back in. You did spray it down with brake kleen before you pushed them back I hope?
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Re: Steps - Changing Front Brake Pads

I just replaced the front pads on my 00.
Remove the two bolts holding the caliper in place. Push the caliper against the disc brake to push the pistons in. They have to be pushed in enough so that the pads will slip over the disc brake--very tight fit to get the caliper past the well.

I used C-lamps to push the pistons in; worked like a charm on the first pad.

The second one was a real PITA!

I'd push in one piston and its mate would extend. Two C-clamps got the pistons on one side pushed in. But one of the pistons on the opposite side of the caliper extended.

I struggled in vain trying to get the pads over the disc brake.

Eventually it occurred to me to open the speed bleeder!

I was then able to compress all four pistons and get the dam thing over the disc and bolted back in.

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