Another Free Video For Bikers By Bikers
VIDEO & BLOG-So, there are some tutorial videos out there on how to replace the front or rear brake pads on your Harley Davidson motorcycle. Many of the videos are lacking in certain areas or lacking quality. We wanted to make an even better free high definition tutorial video. Of course we did it Law Abiding Biker Podcast & Media style and did an extremely thorough step-by-step video. Money could not buy you a more detailed video on replacing and inspecting your brake pads on your Harley. We enjoy giving back to the law abiding bikers/motorcyclists that are so supportive of this platform.
Free Harley Brake Replacement Video
For this video we used Lurch's 2008 Harley Street Glide and did the rear brake pads. The fronts are basically the same except they are dual front rotors. We used Harley brake kit #41852-08B. This kit also comes with a tube of brake paste. We show you where and how to apply that to the back of the brake pad plates. This is where the caliper pistons hit the plates and it helps to eliminate squeaking and noises.
You can save yourself a ton of money by not taking your Harley Davidson motorcycle to the dealership just to have your brake pads replaced. Imagine how much money you can save over the life of all the Harley's you own by changing your own brake pads? It doesn't matter which model of Harley you have, because after watching this tutorial video you will be able to do this project yourself on your own motorcycle! In fact, after watching this video you will
likely be able to change your brake pads regardless if it is a Harley or metric motorcycle.
You don't need a fancy motorcycle lift or have to be a “certified” mechanic to do this. It is super easy and you can do it right in your own garage or even outside. We do it in my garage and it was 100 degrees. Sweaty video shoot for sure. You can do it on the kickstand, however I suggest at least a motorcycle/ATV jack, so you can spin the wheel and visually inspect the rotor. The motorcycle/ATV jack I use in the video is a cheap off brand and I bought it years ago for $80 at an auto parts store. It works, but I would certainly like a better one when I can actually afford one.
We show you not only how to completely replace your brake pads, but also how to inspect the brake pads using the wear indicators, so you can decide when to replace them. Don't let a mechanic tell you when to do this. You can look at them and make the decision. We show you how to inspect the rotor and caliper while you are at it. You will learn how to turn the rotor and look for “run out”, which is basically warping of the rotor and how much it is warped, if any. An easy way to tell if your rotor is warped is if you feel a pulsing sensation when you apply your brakes.
Yah, and all in a high definition video!
If you have access to a micrometer you can measure the thickness of the rotor and make sure it is within specification. Measuring the thickness of the rotor is not really necessary until later down the road after many miles.
You don't need to have very expensive specialized tools to do this and I show you exactly what basic tools you will need to replace your motorcycle brake pads at the beginning of the video.
The best part is that you will have the satisfaction of working on your own Harley Davidson motorcycle! And let me tell you that there is nothing better than knowing you did the work on your own motorcycle and to your standards.
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Jim Dimitrious says
Good video – thanks
I gather the paste is a anti seize paste?
Are there alternatives to buying from HD? Have not looked yet!
Mark Rosselet says
Thanks agin for another great video.
Ryan Urlacher says
Your very welcome Mark. Thanks for commenting.
William Johnson says
Let me tell you,you guys are right the money with these HD bike videos. They are very well presented and give an outstanding view (step by step) on what you need to look for and how to complete the task at hand. Nicely shot video , and information like socket sizes ect, the best bike service videos I have seen on the good old interweb.I have a 2014 Streetglide Firefighter bike and have allready done my 3 hole oil change and getting ready to do the break pads now (non abs) model. I
Can tell you my local HD mechanic gets pissed when he sees me getting pads , oil ect doing it myself as opposed to spending a fortune on MR HD outrageous labor costs. Thanks again.????????????????????
Ryan Urlacher says
Awesome William!! Really, thanks for the shout out and feedback. We put a ton of work into this stuff to make sure we do it well. We really just want to help bikers out there save money and wrench on their own Harley like you. Puts a huge smile on our face to hear things like this! Funny about your local mechanic getting funny faced….
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Sherry Gajos says
I really appreciated what you said about being able to replace the brake pads on your own motorcycle. My dad just gifted a Harley to my husband and it needs a bit of upkeep, so we’re looking into what repairs we can do on our own and which ones we need to take to a mechanic. Thank you for the advice about using a motorcycle/ATV jack when replacing the brake pads so we can see the rotor and make sure we do the replacement correctly!
Matt Couchman says
You are most welcome! Glad we could help. Cheris that Harley! it’s cool that it came from your dad.
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