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Rear Brake Installation Advice

I am in the middle of a rear wheel overhaul of sorts. New Metzler 880 tire going on this week, just finished the drive shaft spline lube, and now I'm going to put new shoes on the rear brakes. Don't really need them, but have a new set I got off ebay for 10.00 so might as well do it while it's all apart.

I saw a post on here awhile ago complete with tips and pictures of the process. Anyone know where it might be, I can't seem to find it.

I could use some advice as to how to go about taking these off and putting the new ones on. There must be a trick to it, it can't be as simple as it looks.

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Crisis adverted! I solved my own problem on the rear brake installation. The Kawasaki Vulcan 750 shop manual (NOT the Clymer Manual) I bought on ebay a couple months ago has a good photo of someone's hands removing the shoes, so there is no question now as to what to do. If you don't have one of these manuals and you work on your own bike, GET ONE! It has better pictures, nice concise text that tells you exactly what to do.

The gist of the procedure according to Kawasaki is: Grab the shoes, pull them up at a slight angle to form a V and remove. Install the springs on the shoes and re-install them the same way, as one set. Don't forget to lubricate pivot points and reorient the wear indicator to the extreme left of the scale. Reassemble and ride! (There are other small steps in between but you'll have to buy the book since there won't be a movie.)

If nothing else, I hope this post will help someone on their brake install, it was only hard to do in my mind.

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This may also help.

https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7259


85 VN700 "Old Yella"

REBUILT ENGINE
CUSTOM PAINT
VANCE & HINES CRUZERS
EAR SHAVED AND RE-JETTED W/K&N'S
DUNLOP ELITE K591 FRONT & REAR
VOLTMETER
SYNTHETIC BRAKE FLUID
SYNTHETIC OIL & GEAR LUBE
PLEXISTAR 2 WINDSHIELD
SPLINES LUBED
ACCT'S GREASED W/TOC SPRINGS
COASTERD
LEATHER SADDLE BAGS
LEATHER TOOL AND ROLL BAG
PICKUP COILS GAPPED AT .018"
NGK CAP, WIRES, IRIDUMS
BARNETT FRICTION PLATES & SPRINGS
CUSTOM GRIPS, MIRRORS, LEVERS
ORIGINAL STATOR & R/R 14.5v
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It really is as simple as it looks!

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Just finished. I bolted the hub to a 2X4 through the axle hole with a lag bolt and washer. Put my knees on the board and lifted the shoes off the hub. Disesembled the brake arm (after making marks so I got it back correctly), lubed it as directed and reassembled. Put the springs on the new shoes, and reassembled them the same as I took them off. Took me 15 minutes start to finish including cleaning everything nicely with brakleen before and removing the shoes and before putting the new ones on.

Got to say, the posts are intimidating, but it really wasn't hard at all with a little yankee ingenuity.

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Just finished. I bolted the hub to a 2X4 through the axle hole with a lag bolt and washer. Put my knees on the board and lifted the shoes off the hub. Disesembled the brake arm (after making marks so I got it back correctly), lubed it as directed and reassembled. Put the springs on the new shoes, and reassembled them the same as I took them off. Took me 15 minutes start to finish including cleaning everything nicely with brakleen before and removing the shoes and before putting the new ones on.

Got to say, the posts are intimidating, but it really wasn't hard at all with a little yankee ingenuity.
Ya just can't beat Yankee Ingenuity! unless it's Damn Yankee Ingenuity. LOL


85 VN700 "Old Yella"

REBUILT ENGINE
CUSTOM PAINT
VANCE & HINES CRUZERS
EAR SHAVED AND RE-JETTED W/K&N'S
DUNLOP ELITE K591 FRONT & REAR
VOLTMETER
SYNTHETIC BRAKE FLUID
SYNTHETIC OIL & GEAR LUBE
PLEXISTAR 2 WINDSHIELD
SPLINES LUBED
ACCT'S GREASED W/TOC SPRINGS
COASTERD
LEATHER SADDLE BAGS
LEATHER TOOL AND ROLL BAG
PICKUP COILS GAPPED AT .018"
NGK CAP, WIRES, IRIDUMS
BARNETT FRICTION PLATES & SPRINGS
CUSTOM GRIPS, MIRRORS, LEVERS
ORIGINAL STATOR & R/R 14.5v
DEKA MF AGM ETX15L

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I always keep a 3 ft 2x4 handy in the shop, never know when it will come in handy. As long as it's not a Damn Yankee in pin stripes you'll be okay!

Now I just need to get the tire on the rim, lube the wheel spline and slap her back together. Then wait for the 9" inches of snow that we got to day to dry up and go away so I can rider her again and marvel at my handywork, or crash because of it (God forbide).

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Yeah it's pretty simple to do, even an idiot like myself can GET ER DUN in 10 mins.

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Now that I've done it once, I could do it in about 10. Not knowing how and doing it for the first time are intimidating factors. 2 Miller Lite's later the job became much easier.

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Now that I've done it once, I could do it in about 10. Not knowing how and doing it for the first time are intimidating factors. 2 Miller Lite's later the job became much easier.
The proper lubricant is a must!!


85 VN700 "Old Yella"

REBUILT ENGINE
CUSTOM PAINT
VANCE & HINES CRUZERS
EAR SHAVED AND RE-JETTED W/K&N'S
DUNLOP ELITE K591 FRONT & REAR
VOLTMETER
SYNTHETIC BRAKE FLUID
SYNTHETIC OIL & GEAR LUBE
PLEXISTAR 2 WINDSHIELD
SPLINES LUBED
ACCT'S GREASED W/TOC SPRINGS
COASTERD
LEATHER SADDLE BAGS
LEATHER TOOL AND ROLL BAG
PICKUP COILS GAPPED AT .018"
NGK CAP, WIRES, IRIDUMS
BARNETT FRICTION PLATES & SPRINGS
CUSTOM GRIPS, MIRRORS, LEVERS
ORIGINAL STATOR & R/R 14.5v
DEKA MF AGM ETX15L

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