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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-21-2006, 07:28 AM Thread Starter
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Rear brake wear limit

Hi, Folks -
If my "wear limit" indicator on the rear brake is suggesting that a "replacement" is imminiently warranted...do I need new rear brake shoes? Pads? A drum? I haven't dismantled my rear set-up to see how the drum brake works (when I lubed the splines I tried not to disturb ancillary parts), but I was wondering if anyone had a quick answer to this question.

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Check it out soon. You don't want metal from a worn down shoe scraping up the drum in the rear wheel. The drum and rear wheel are one piece.

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Check it out soon. You don't want metal from a worn down shoe scraping up the drum in the rear wheel. The drum and rear wheel are one piece.
It's on my new project bike, and since I've dismantled most of the rear (well, okay, all of it), it's not even close to rideable at the moment. But I saw a couple of rear brake shoes on eBay and was wondering if that's what I need to replace. Come to think of it, though, what I did see of the rear was a true *drum*, not shoes. Is that right?

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The shoes are similar to the front pads. The drum is the inside of the wheel.

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Here's the eBay item number (190052996642). Sooooo, I need a drum *and* shoes? Or are these the wrong item altogether? I'm at work, and didn't bring my Clymer's with me...Perhaps I should just...work?

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Cindy disc brakes (like on the front) use brake pads, drums (like on the back) use brake shoes. if the shoes are worn, you could just replace them but keep in mind you should inspect the drum for wear...there are wear limits for the drums and also the discs
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Cindy disc brakes (like on the front) use brake pads, drums (like on the back) use brake shoes. if the shoes are worn, you could just replace them but keep in mind you should inspect the drum for wear...there are wear limits for the drums and also the discs
The wear indicator on the outside of the drum (the arrow thing that marks "within limit") - that's for the shoes or the drum?

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The shoes. The drum will have to be measured by a set of calipers or similar tool. They measure the thickness of the drum wall.
How many miles does your project bike have on it? The rear brake should be good for a long time as the fronts supply most of the braking power.

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Cindy,

here is part of the micro fiche for the rear end. I've marked the shoes so you will know what they look like.
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The price of a new set of brake shoes is about $30.
Although the ones on ebay (which is what you'd need) don't look too bad, I'd say go with new.


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