Bob gives us a look at an updated rear brake caliper for rear pad replacement and bleeding the rear brakes. He removes the parts and preps for reinstallment. You will note he removed the rear muffler to give us a better view. Check out our exhaust removal videos if you have to do so. With the caliper off he removes pads and replaces making sure the anti rattle shims, spring and clips are reinstalled. A little anti-seize on the pins helps with reinstall and service over time. Bleeding brakes can be a life saver. Old fluid and bubbles out, new fluid in. Make sure you have good brake lever feel. Clean as you go.
Bob demonstrates the proper technique for checking, servicing and replacing Harley brakes on the rear wheel caliper of your Harley Sportster. He shows how to loosen the caliper, remove the brake pads and install a new set. Once they are in place, he pumps the rear brakes to make sure the caliper is making solid contact with the wheel and checks the fluid reservoir. If the fluid level is low, you should either bleed the brakes or replace the fluid. More Maintenance Videos are listed here.Watch Now >>
When you’re adjusting the primary chain on your Sportster model, it’s always specified to adjust it in the tightest spot of its travel. Whether you use the hot or the cold measurement, Harley specifies that you do it in the tightest area. Bob teaches you a quick and simple method for locating the tightest spot in the path of the chain. He stresses that any time you are servicing inside the primary you should always unhook the negative cable.Watch Now >>
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Bob teaches you how to adjust the clutch and primary chain on your Harley Softail or Dyna model. Be sure to achieve free play on the clutch cable to verify that you have proper adjustment on the clutch cable pack, and check for the proper specs in your service manual for adjusting the primary chain (if your model has the adjustment window). Bob finishes by mentioning that when you are doing this type of repair, only factory service gaskets should be used.Watch Now >>