This week a parcel arrived with some parts inside.
Sylvie’s brake pads and the pillion peg plate had arrived.
Having delayed replacing the old pads for too long, I fit them as soon as possible.
I started by bleeding the brake lines a little to loosen up the brake caliper.
I loosened the caliper bolts and had removed them before I remembered that I would need to remove the brake pad retaining pins first.
After the pins were loosened,I removed the brake caliper and pins and took the old brake pads out. One of the pads was down to bare metal, as I’d suspected.
The new brake pads were substantially thicker, so it took a while to push the pistons back in enough to get the pads in.
Once the pads were in, I maneuvered the caliper back onto the brake disc.
It took a while to get the brake pads in the right position for the pins to go back in. Next time I’ll try to remember to put the pins n before putting the caliper back on the forks!
With the caliper back on the forks,I replaced the dust covers for the mounting pins and checked the brake fluid level in the master cylinder, as the brake lever had gone slack. I found there was no fluid visible in the sight glass, so off came the cap.
The plastic cover underneath the cap seemed to have a lot of air behind it.
I put the cover aside next to the cap.
The diaphragm seemed somewhat concave, so I carefully removed it. Sure enough, the master cylinder was practically empty.
I placed the diaphragm on top of the plastic cap.
I packed a clean rag around the master cylinder in case I spilt any brake fluid.
I already had a bottle of DOT4 brake fluid on hand.
I bled the brake line until there were no more bubbles and replaced the diaphragm and plastic cover.
I replaced the cap and screwed it down firmly.
With the front brake pads replaced at last, I moved on to the left pillion peg.
I nscrewed the mounting bolt and took off the cover.
I left the bolt with the cover to ensure I wouldn’t lose it.
I forgot to order this part with the parts order before I swapped the pillion footpeg parts to the rider position. Fortunately I didn’t need to ride with a pillion before the missing part arrived.
The plate went over the peg before the rubber cover was repalced
Finally, I returned the pillion peg to its usual position.
That’s all for this week – although I did get more work done on Khaleesi it wasn’t completely finished, so I’ll include it in next week’s update after Khaleesi goes back to her owner.