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post #1 of 22 Old 09-14-2008, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
 
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In my manual it says "Always install new brake pads, brake pad shim and brake pad spring as a set." Not knowing any better, I only bought pads. How important is it to replace all at the same time? I was going to swap out my pads today, until I read that I should replace all at the same time (can't replace what you don't have). What do ya think? Go ahead and replace the pads or wait until I get new shims and springs? What am I going to expect to pay for these?

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If they don't look worn or have a good amount of rust on em, i wouldn't bother.

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Should be fine if they are not damaged.

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I assume the shim is the thin piece between the brake pad backing plate and the piston.
What springs are they referring to, the rear brake cable return spring???
I've never replaced anything other than the pads themselves. 3 or 4 times already!

For what it's worth, I'd just simply replace the pads alone.

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I replaced just my pads without any problems. That was about 800 miles ago. Also I don't recall any springs either.

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I had to scratch my head while swapping out the pads. I too noticed there aren't any shims or springs but my service manual says to replace all when doing the front! LOL Oh well, it was a ton easier to replace than I thought - I'm learning, slowly, how to do basic repairs/maintenence.

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just swapped my fronts out for the second time in 710 miles or so... it's a simple deal, not sure what they're talkin about with the springs... I wonder if that's just a general statement. Drum brakes have a spring..
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I believe they are referring to the little spring on the caliper, it's more like a clip though. It pushes on the pads.

For what it's worth, I just changed the pads only too.

EDIT: I just looked it up. The piece I am referring to is called a support pad. It's the only piece that is kind of like a spring. In the sense that it pushes on the pads. Or I am way out to lunch. MMMMMMM lunch. lol

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Hebs @ September 16, 2008, 12:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
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just swapped my fronts out for the second time in 710 miles or so... it&#39;s a simple deal, not sure what they&#39;re talkin about with the springs... I wonder if that&#39;s just a general statement. Drum brakes have a spring..[/b]
Hebs, Your too tough on your brakes. I have about 1800 miles on my grizz and I&#39;m only on the second set of pads(That includes the factory set). Either that or I drive like a grandpa.

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (GreenGrizzRider @ September 16, 2008, 9:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
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Hebs, Your too tough on your brakes. I have about 1800 miles on my grizz and I&#39;m only on the second set of pads(That includes the factory set). Either that or I drive like a grandpa.[/b]

It&#39;s just the areas I ride I suppose... Sandy, water, mud... I know they&#39;re tough on brakes... but I&#39;m also thinking the yami brake design on these 700&#39;s has to be at fault a little... I can go about a 1000 miles on a set of 660 brake pads in the same environment...

Perhaps I can make something to clean them out better so they don&#39;t wear as fast...

I&#39;ll keep ya posted if I come up w/ something...
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I have about 1900 miles on mine. I try not to use the brakes. LOL! Pads are shot now. Went riding yesterday and a 90 degree turn was coming up. Grabbed a handfull of brake. Not much happened, but me going through the trees. Did that twice!!! Think I will order some EBC pads tonight.
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I just purchased some EBC brake pads for my 04 660 and can't seem to get them to go on! I've pushed the piston all the way back so that's not the problem. It almost seems like the pads are too thick to actually fit! I have the FAO84X Pads which match up perfectly in shape and size and the holes match up etc but I cannot get them to slip over the rotor!!! Help???
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I just purchased some EBC brake pads for my 04 660 and can't seem to get them to go on! I've pushed the piston all the way back so that's not the problem. It almost seems like the pads are too thick to actually fit! I have the FAO84X Pads which match up perfectly in shape and size and the holes match up etc but I cannot get them to slip over the rotor!!! Help???
The opposite side of the piston rides on two posts that holds one of the pads. Squeeze the plate to compress the two posts and you will have room.

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I do a lot of brake jobs on my ATV, and all I ever do is just replace the pads. Seriously. I ride plenty of mud and creeks. Average speed of less than 5mph. Barely ever use the brakes, yet they just get ground away. Look up Race-Driven. They'll hook you up for way less than a set of EBC or factory brakes.

My odometer shows 375 miles and I've gone through 3 complete sets of brake pads. The factory lasted about 50 miles bacause I stayed out of the mud while the engine was breaking in. The EBC pads lasted around 20 miles. Junk for us. The Race-Driven are holding up much nicer.

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Bumping this thread back up and yes, it is old. But, I was trying to search for an answer and found this older thread.

I am curious if the same is still generally done, i.e. only replacing the brake pads and not bothering with also replacing the brake spring/clip?

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