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Old 05-23-2012, 08:05 PM
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My '03 FXST's rear brake pads are down to the metal. Sac Harley wants @ $125 to replace them. Pads cost $55. Is this a job that can be done at home by the average guy with no special tools?
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Do you have a service manual? That would be the place to start and @$50 it is a worthwhile investment. After looking at it, you can then gauge whether you can do it yourself.
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I just did mine and all you need to do is remove the two pad pins and the pads come right out. Put the new ones in and tighten up pins. Removal of rear wheel isn't needed. And if by some chance you can't get the pads out or back in, all you do is take the axle nut loose and push the axle in far enough to free the caliper. The front is even easier. Just remove pins , remove pads and put the new pads in. Clean with brake cleaner and pump the brakes till firm.
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very easy....don't pay the stealer for that
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Do you have a service manual? That would be the place to start and @$50 it is a worthwhile investment. After looking at it, you can then gauge whether you can do it yourself. The rear caliper on a stock softail involves removing the rear wheel and after that it is very straightforward.
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I just did mine and all you need to do is remove the two pad pins and the pads come right out. Put the new ones in and tighten up pins. Removal of rear wheel isn't needed. And if by some chance you can't get the pads out or back in, all you do is take the axle nut loose and push the axle in far enough to free the caliper. The front is even easier. Just remove pins , remove pads and put the new pads in. Clean with brake cleaner and pump the brakes till firm.
I concur , takes a few minutes to get all the tools together and then it`s a piece of cake . If you buy the HD pad`s they come with the info on how to change them out . Why pay the stealer ... their already making alot of money .
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If you are able to change your own oil then you will not have a problem doing the pads. If you can't figure out how to put the transmission drain plug back in then you might have trouble.
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My '03 FXST's rear brake pads are down to the metal. Sac Harley wants @ $125 to replace them. Pads cost $55. Is this a job that can be done at home by the average guy with no special tools?
Take a good look at them I suspect you can handle it just fine , PM me if decide to tackle it and I'll shoot you my cell # for guidance if you need it but it's very straight forward .
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Do you have a service manual? That would be the place to start and @$50 it is a worthwhile investment. After looking at it, you can then gauge whether you can do it yourself. The rear caliper on a stock softail involves removing the rear wheel and after that it is very straightforward.
I didn't have to remove my wheel
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