Howdy Folks --
I was having withdrawal symptoms from not riding in 2 weeks. Instead, I've been waiting on parts and wrenching to fix the last set of gremlins: leaking seals, fork oil on brake pads, 2nd melted R/R connector.
Everythings is done now including brake pads replacement and bleeding of very old brake fluid (see photo below). I don't think the fluid was EVER changed. One screw on the master cylinder was completely rounded/stripped. I used an extractor/easy out to remove and replace the screw. WOW! It felt great to finally go on a short ride tonight especially after doing all my own wrenching WITH THIS FORUM'S HELP!
Everything seems to be working well!
When I removed the old bleed valve to replace it with a speed bleeder the fluid drained much quicker than I expected. Hence, the master cylinder went dry. So, I had to remove the union bolt and bleed the master cylinder--WHAT A FREEKIN MESS !^%*>
Stand by with an open can of brake fluid--DO NOT let the master cylinder run dry!
Life is good again! At least until the next attack of the gremlins.
My thanx to Lance and everyone for your help in fixing all the many gremlins over the last few weeks!
Once installed and compressed they will be fine. I do suggest you use Valvoline DOT 4 Synthetic fluid.
Make sure inboard pad is seated properly.
Hey Lance --
UPDATE: Still working on the front brakes while waiting for fork seals.
On the right caliper the inboard and outboard pads are both now securely in place.
On the left caliper the inboard pad is securely seated in place; however, I can't get the outboard pad to snap in at all. Also, the space between the two pads seems very narrow. I did remove a bit of brake fluid from the master cylinder to make room for the new pads.
Can I just hold the outboard pad in place when I mount the caliper onto the disk? Will that work?