Brake pads and discs need to be inspected at every scheduled service interval, or whenever braking components are removed during service procedures. In this video Bob walks us through front brake pad replacement on a Twin Cam Softail 103. This brake pad change is considered a performance upgrade as the guys install EBC’s Double H Sintered brake pads. These ultra high friction HH rated brake pads remain a market leader. The pads work in all weather conditions, have high longevity, and are manufactured in the USA.
Changing brake pads may not be considered a very involved or difficult service; but it needs to be taken very seriously and completed exactly as the service manual insists. It is important to work clean. Always verify that your rotor is within spec and that it is not damaged or warped. Never install new pads against an old, worn out rotor. It is important to remove the master cylinder top cover to aid in venting when caliper pistons are compressed back into their bores. This is also the ideal time to inspect the condition of your brake fluid. If the brake fluid does not look clean; the brake system should also be flushed and replenished at this time. It’s always best to loosen the brake pad pin before loosening and removing the caliper mounting hardware. Note the correct location of the caliper mounting bolts/pins. Prying between the brake pads will compress the caliper pistons, but be sure to pry with a soft, non marring tool if the pads are to be reused, or saved. As the pads are worked down and free from the spring clips, note the condition and location of the clips. Note that these brake pads are directional. Make sure that the new pads are fully seated into the spring clips and caliper housing. Tighten all hardware to factory torque specs.
Always remember to pump the brake lever until you have correct lever feel. Make sure you have correct brake fluid level before installing the master cylinder top cover. Refer to the brake pad manufacturer’s break in procedure before riding. Following this procedure will help with brake pad longevity and give you optimum stopping power.
Watch Rear Installation Here:
Harley Davidson Brake Pads Change: Rear Brakes on a Twin Cam 103