How do you remove the front brake pads?

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  1. CHRIS_D

    CHRIS_D Been here awhile

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    Well I'm a bit embarrass :shog . I'm trying to replace my front brake pads on 08 ADV and I can't seem to remove the pin that holds the pads in the caliper. I have removed the one (only) clip that holds the pin in place, but can't figure out how to unscrew the pin out of the caliper. There's no head on pin to stick a hex wrench or screwdriver on. The rear brake pads have the "normal" two clip deal which once both clips are removed it makes it easy to remove the pin. What in world am I missing here on the front?

    Thanks in advance!!
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  2. Johnf3

    Johnf3 Long timer

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    They just tap out. Use a drift punch and a hammer. They should come right out.
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  3. thugdog

    thugdog Druid Revisionist

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    +1, firm but gentle tap, tap, tap

    ...also note, just in case you get super frustrated, please NEVER apply flame/heat after using brake cleaner spray!

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  4. flyingreg

    flyingreg just ridin' along

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    LOL, the picture that went through my mind as I read that line, totally priceless.
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  5. CHRIS_D

    CHRIS_D Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the replys!

    I did try to push it out with a punch but didn't want to start hammering on it until I was sure.:D
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  6. bikepsych

    bikepsych Been here awhile

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    Did you get it out?
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  7. DirtyADV

    DirtyADV Long timer

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    Sure hope so since it was 2 years since he posted.

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  8. Sadlsor

    Sadlsor Been here awhile

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    Ha! That's a good one.
    But in the event he DIDN"T get the pin out, I'd bet he needs new rotors now, too... and pistons.
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  9. CHRIS_D

    CHRIS_D Been here awhile

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    Yes I got the pin out.:lol3
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  10. bluesurf

    bluesurf en dos ruedas

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    :roflat this thread....I'm swapping my 990's out for the first time, and went through the same exercise of trying and not wanting to hammer too hard, so thought I'd consult the forum.

    Thanks for the instrux & chuckles
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  11. DirtyADV

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    There is plenty of help to find and a few jokes here and there.

    If you missed it look up "Aurel cable", see I got my own now when buying a new 990R :-)

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  12. ciedema

    ciedema мотоциклист

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    I have to say that pin is the suckiest thing - makes a changing them when you are travelling just that little more difficult than it needs to be.
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  13. Sadlsor

    Sadlsor Been here awhile

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    Whenever I change the brake pads, front or rear, I always put anti-seize on the pins before replacement.

    I'm sure there are other chemical compounds that will work.

    The pins always come out easily, once the small cotter pins are removed.
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  14. ciedema

    ciedema мотоциклист

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    With the right tools they out easily but as a traveller doing some where other than their garage it isn't as friendly as it could be. The rears are much better I just want to do it with the minimal of tools.

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  15. Oz Nutter

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    I used a pin head punch to take out brake pin.
    A tyre lever in between the pads is good too hold it steady, (place foot on lever)
    I found my last replacement pads to be very tight when new, could hardly push bike!!
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  16. Snarkalufugus

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    This thread is 5 years old and still relevant!!!

    This exact situation happened to me.

    The manual shows 2 cotter pins per brake pin, my bike has one per brake pin.

    The manual says "remove the pins".

    Remove. Like it's almost an afterthought. Not TAP OUT WITH A FUCKING PUNCH!!!! That seems like utterly relevant information. "Remove"? Sheesh. Thanks a lot jerks! I too felt silly, staring at this caliper, awkwardly on my garage floor.

    Still, ADV rider to the rescue, once again. The exact answer I needed! I just had to chime in and keep this thread alive, and thank OP for sorting this out ahead of time for me. Thanks!!

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  17. TheYeti

    TheYeti Hard to be Humble

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    Alive and well, good info.and a few good laughs thrown in for good measure.
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  18. Easy Peasy Rider

    Easy Peasy Rider n00b

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    Yep - and one more person that had to down tools, wander inside and look up how to remove the seemingly ir-removable pin. Now having a beer and wondering if I can be bothered going back outside through the rain to the cold shed to start again...
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  19. BitesTheDust

    BitesTheDust Been here awhile

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    Ah - good. ADV comes to the rescue once again. Had me scratching my head for a while until I had the bright idea to check back here.
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  20. desert sky

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    Just remove the front wheel. Then put it back on. Them brake pads will be falling out all over the place, especially as you get the front wheel close. Its a mystery to me. Cheers.
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