HEXHEAD Tech - R1200XX - Brake Pad Replacement DIY
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[SIZE="3"][B]This pictorial is for replacing the brake pads on a R1200XX series bike. The rear set will be adressed first, followed by the front sets[/B][/SIZE].
-Bike shown is a 2005 R1200RT
-Brake pads were not at end of life, however changed during major service
-Remove rear caliper
-Remove old pads
-Install new pads
-Re-set the brake system
-T-45 Torx wrench
-Small punch & hammer
-Needle nosed pliers
-Brake pads of your choice
-Anti sieze paste
-Brake cleaner spray
[B]Now to the fun part, rear brake:[/B]
[LIST][*]Set bike securely on centerstand[*]NOTE: On GS models remove the mudguard held by three torx screws [*]Loosen, but do not remove the two torx-45 bolts holding the calipers as indicated by arrows #1[/LIST]
step 3 back to the RT/GS version
BMW makes snazzy tools, once again you can use a dull flat tool such as a small tire iron to push pads carefully apart.
Also, same as on the rear, [COLOR="Red"]if you added fluid to reservoir between pad changes, you [B]will[/B] have to drain some off before doing this..[/COLOR] and it's a good time to check the fluid level anyway. Put a good absorbent rag between handlebar reservoir and painted parts!
[LIST][*]Remove the brake pads and carefully set aside to match up new ones[*]Set new pads out and verify orientation as you removed old ones.[/LIST]
LIGHTLY grease the rear and the trailing end face of the pad backing plate. Anti-seize paste is used here, I use Permatex(tm) copper. Take care to grease [COLOR="Red"]ONLY[/COLOR] the rear and the trailing end face of the backing plate. Excessive Grease on the backing plate could allow grease to make its way onto the friction pad and the brake disk. This would be a BAD THING!
A little grease goes a long way!:whistle
[LIST][*]Install pads and reverse order of assembly using the first numbered picture:[*]Install spring (1) with the arrow pointing in the forward direction of travel. [*]Install screw (3). 7 Nm is the torque value...very small torque value so don't strip the dang screw!![*]Install retainer (2).[/LIST]
Repeat process for second set...having fun yet?
[LIST][*]Once the brake pads have been changed, clean both rotors with brake cleaner... you might have some of that copper paste on things.[*]With the ignition switched on, seat the new pads against the brake disks and check operation of the brake system. [*]Top off reservoir and remember the heat cycle and the bedding in of the new pads.[/LIST]
Congratulate yourself on a job well done! :clap