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Author Topic:   Brakes

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Registered: Jul 99

posted 05-01-2002 01:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Harley     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I need to replace the front pads and rear shoes on my 69, but have never done this before.

Any tips, tricks, etc., would be appreciated.

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V8 Thumper

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From: Orange, Ca. United States of America
Registered: Dec 2001

posted 05-01-2002 07:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for V8 Thumper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
DO ONLY ONE WHEEL AT A TIME!!! That way you have the other side for reference, mirror imaged of course.

You should concider a $20 investment in a shop manual, brakes are critical (dua) and a bit 'involved' to outline in a thread. Buy a book, really. You wouldn't want to make a mistake with this project.

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From: perry, oh, usa
Registered: May 2002

posted 05-01-2002 07:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for senzstang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If this is your first shot at brakes only do 1 side at a time. You can always use the second side for reference. Also get a Chiltons manual or similar book for additional refference. Tip from a cheapskate - Try the library the books are free there.

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69 Sportsroof

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From: Valley, Alabama, USA
Registered: Mar 2002

posted 05-01-2002 02:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 69 Sportsroof     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Seriously, make friends with someone in your town that has the same hobby. I'd also reccomend a set of brake pliers for the rear drums. And, as mentioned, get a Haynes or Chilton manual.

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Ryan Wilke

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From: Stanton, Michigan 49707
Registered: Oct 2000

posted 05-01-2002 04:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
1) I'd also recommend that you purchase a Haynes or Chilton manual for yourself. They can be had at your local parts store for about only $18. When you have your own book, you can make notes in the margins, highlite the portions that pertain to your car and you don't need to worry cleaning it if you get a few oily fingerprints on the pages.....

2) Give yourself enough time to do the job. If you start with the rears, it may take an hour to do each side. Take your time. Be careful not to breath the black brake shoe dust inside the drums and use a spray Brake Cleaner on the shoes/pads and drums / discs before you button each wheel up to wash off any dirty fingerprints on the surfaces.

3) If the wheel cylinders or calipers show any leakage of brake fluid, you should consider replacing them. Some folks have good luck rebuilding them...but I've never had good luck doing that.

4) On the rear shoes, adjust the lower adjusting 'star' out enough so that the shoes barely touch the drums when you slip the drums on.

5) Once you've completed the job, CAREFULLY take a slow test drive - like 5 feet - then extend the test drive to 20 feet, then to the end of the block, etc.

Good Luck!

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