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No, you do not have to remove the axle bolt at all. The two bolts that hold the brake piston caliper to the bracket, unscrew them and pull them straight out, the caliper will slide right off (pull toward front of bike. ) Next the brake pads will slide right out of the grooves in the bracket. Pull exhaust side pad toward you and pull other brake pad toward opposite side. Install new pads in opposite order. Install caliper back on the same way. (you may need to use a c-clamp to force the piston back in a little to slide over the newer thicker pads. Make sure the pump the rear brake pedal after you are done to take back out the clearance between the new pads and pistion. May take several pumps on pedal before it becomes firm again.
 

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xharleyman, which bike do you have? If you have a V-star 1100 the instructions are just a little different. Unbolt the Caliper bolts that the caliper floats on. You may have to undo the line clamp to get enough free play to slide the caliper off the disk. Pop off the plastic cover that cover off the caliper. You'll see two small bolt heads to not turn them. Under the plastic cover you'll see two rods that hold the pads on. Remove the locking clips in the center of the caliper that release these rods. Do not try to unscrew these pins before removing the lock clips as you will bend them. Reset the pistons with a clamp. install the new pads in the reverse order of removal instruction.
 

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No, you do not have to remove the axle bolt at all. The two bolts that hold the brake piston caliper to the bracket, unscrew them and pull them straight out, the caliper will slide right off (pull toward front of bike. ) Next the brake pads will slide right out of the grooves in the bracket. Pull exhaust side pad toward you and pull other brake pad toward opposite side. Install new pads in opposite order. Install caliper back on the same way. (you may need to use a c-clamp to force the piston back in a little to slide over the newer thicker pads. Make sure the pump the rear brake pedal after you are done to take back out the clearance between the new pads and pistion. May take several pumps on pedal before it becomes firm again.
It is just that simple. If you have the stock exhaust you migh have to contend with that. I have the Yamaha Speedstar and it took me less than a conservative 1/2 hour to do it. I didn't need c-clamp; just pushed on the pistons with my fingers.
 
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