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Old 29 Oct 2010, 09:35 pm
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How do you get the drums off? I gave it a few taps with a hammer and got nothing? And I just got the smell of my new front brakes cooking. I hope it is because I am just riding on the fronts.
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Old 30 Oct 2010, 06:30 am
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If you can't get the drums off by pulling/wiggling them, then you first need to retract the brake shoes by backing off the star adjuster wheel, which you can access through a hole in the backing plate with a flat blade screwdriver.
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Old 30 Oct 2010, 06:32 am
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Also, it is normal to smell new friction material for a day or two while the pads break-in and seat, so there is probably nothing abnormal there.
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Old 30 Oct 2010, 02:40 pm
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If its the first time you've ever pulled the backs off, its entirely possible the shoes are riding in a groove. Use the exploded view and the adjuster to back them out. Sometimes you really really really gotta hump the drums to get them off.
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Old 30 Oct 2010, 04:10 pm
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When assembled new there is a clip put on one of the lug bolts, make sure that is off. It is used to keep the drum from falling off during assembly.
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Old 30 Oct 2010, 05:32 pm
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Looks like the mother was just rusted to the flange. Some PB Blaster and more hammer time got it done. Only problem is I told my knuckle head friend NOT to hit the drum on top just the edge but he didn't want to listen and I think he dented it. I think it is out of round now. O well looks like Ill need a new one. Thanks for the help people.
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