Replacing the Rear Brake Pads on a Yamaha Road Star

Out riding this morning I heard a unfamiliar sound when applying the back brake and knew I had just hit metal. Oop’s I came home and changed them, at 33,670 miles It would be wise to change the OEM by at least 30,000 miles depending on your riding style this might differ. The front pads still had plenty of pad left as shown by the Picture at the end of this article. Enjoy, I hope this is of some help to you

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RoadStarMagazine.com accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of these Garage Tips and they are only provided as a resource reference. Any type of modification or service work on your Road Star should always be performed by a professional mechanic. If performed incorrectly, some of these Garage Tips may endanger the safety of you and others on your Road Star and possibly invalidate your manufacturers warranty. The majority of these Garage Tips are not official manufacturers instructions and have been accumulated by Road Star enthusiasts from around the world.

Replace Your Rear Brake Pads

“How To”

Replace your Rear Brake Pads

with a note on the Front Pads at the bottom of this procedure

As with any maintenance procedure if you don’t feel comfortable performing the job on your bike, let the pro’s do it.

by Mr. Tidy

Instructions


  • Depending on your exhaust, you might have to remove it to obtain access to the rear caliper.
  • Remove the two caliper mounting bolts

    (12 mm hex head socket)

  • Remove the brake pad cover

    (A black plastic cover)

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  • Remove the Clips from the Pad Pins
  • Remove the Pad Pins
  • The Brake Pad Spring lifts up

    (Denote that the spring has an arrowdesignating the direction of rotation of the rotor upon the top, see location of arrow 3 pictures below this one)

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  • Remove the Brake Pads
  • The Caliper pistons collect dirt and this should be cleaned off to reduce the chances of it entering the caliper body and causing a failure of the caliper. I used a solvent and a scotch brite pad to clean the pistons.
  • Take a piece of small diameter hose place it on the end of the bleeder screw to drain the brake fluid into a container.
  • Loosen the bleeder screw and push the pistons back into the caliper body till all four are retracted.
  • Tighten the bleeder screw.
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You can clearly see the remaining two pistons still extended

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Both sets of pistons fully retracted into the caliper body

  • Place new pads into the caliper body,

    Important

    Re-apply the Brake Pad Spring observing the direction of rotation arrow upon the top of the Pad spring.

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  • Re-apply the pad pins
  • Re-apply the pad clips
  • Re-apply the pad cover
  • You are now ready to install the Caliper back on to the frame.
  • Check the brake fluid level in the reservoir and fill if needed.
  • Re-apply the reservoir cap.
  • Place your hose on the bleeder screw and into a container to retain spilled fluid.
  • Pump your brake pedal several times and hold the pedal. While holding pressure on brake pedal, loosen bleeder screw, fluid and excess air will expel from bleeder screw hose into container, hold pedal fully forward and tighten bleeder screw. Pump brake pedal again and repeat process till all the air is expelled from the brake lines and the pedal is firm and not spongy.
  • Refill Fluid Reservoir and check operation of rear brake.
 
  • The Picture to the right is a set of front pads with 33,670 miles on them, they have plenty of pad left as you can see by the depth grooves. Both calipers looked the same.

Image of the Dyna 3000 Switch Map

Dyna 3000 Switches

Dyna 3000 SwitchesIf you have installed a Dyna 3000 on your Road Star there is a little tip about how you can cut a hole in your battery case so you have easy access to the dip switches to change the Dyna’s settings. Problem is, after doing this you can’t see the mud map for the switch settings. So thanks to Jimtech of the Road Star Riders Forum here is a photo of the back of a Dyna 3000 for you to refer to or print out.

Continue reading “Image of the Dyna 3000 Switch Map”

Yamaha Road Star Four Way Flashers

4 Way Flashers

4 Way FlashersWhile at Hot Springs I had a few people ask me how I wired up my 4 way flashers. Rather than a long technical explanation I decided to draw the diagram and point out the hook up points.

DISCLAIMER:

RoadStarMagazine.com accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of these Garage Tips and they are only provided as a resource reference. Any type of modification or service work on your Road Star should always be performed by a professional mechanic. If performed incorrectly, some of these Garage Tips may endanger the safety of you and others on your Road Star and possibly invalidate your manufacturers warranty. The majority of these Garage Tips are not official manufacturers instructions and have been accumulated by Road Star enthusiasts from around the world.

4 Way Flashers

by Vince Sbordone

Instructions

This entire project took all of 1 hour to install including drilling the hole for the switch. I placed my switch on the top of the left side cover of my Road Star. Total cost for parts is about $13.00

Refer to the Diagram:

  • One side of the fuse holder goes to the POSITIVE side of the battery.
  • The other side goes to the Flasher can, the NON-load side of the flasher .
  • The other terminal on the flasher, the LOAD (L) side, goes to one set of switch leads which are jumped together upon the Double Pole Single Throw switch (DPST)
  • The other switch leads get tapped into the wiring that is going into the rear fender. (These wires can be seen with the seat removed and they are just behind the battery on the left-hand side.)
  • One wire is tapped into the Chocolate wire,   (brown-Left), the other is tapped into the Dark Green wire, (Right).
  • The flashers should be operational now.

(Remember since they are wired into the Positive side of the battery, they are unaffected by the Ignition switch. They will remain on with key turned to off position. If left on for extended periods of time you will drain the battery.)

4 Way Flashers

4 Way Flashers

4 Way Flashers

4 Way Flashers