Honda CRF450R Rear Brake Pads Replacement

Changing the rear brake pads on a Honda dirt bike takes only a handful of tools and minutes to get done, so you should never put it off. 

How do you know it’s time to change the pads out? OEM Honda CRF450R rear brake pads have wear indicators of about 1/16th of an inch deep. The indicator is at the absolute maximum wear limit, but you should replace the pads long before they reach the indicator. Watch the video above and follow the steps below to change the rear brake pads on a Honda CRF450R dirt bike. 

Tools and Parts Needed – Honda CRF450 Rear Brake Pads Change


  • Ratchet and 8mm socket
  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Torque wrench

Honda CRF450R rear brake pads change

NOTE: If you don’t have OEM Honda motorcycle brake pads on your machine with wear indicators, change the pads before they’re down to 1/8th of an inch in thickness.

How to Change the Rear Brake Pads in a Honda CRF450R

Step 1. Slide a flat-head screwdriver between the rotor and the brake pad, then lever the outer pad away from the rotor, being careful not to scratch or damage the rotor. This compresses the piston back into the brake caliper, which gives you enough room to install the new brake pads.

Honda CRF450 rear brake pads rotor

Step 2. Remove the 8mm pin from the upper rear of the caliper assembly and slide out the old brake pads.

Honda CRF450 dirt bike brake pads change

Step 3. Remove the old O-ring from the 8mm pin, then clean the pin and install the new O-ring (included in the OEM Honda rear brake pad set).

Honda CRF450R rear brake pad pin

Step 4. Slide the new brake pads into place, then reinstall the 8mm pin and torque it to 10 foot-pounds.

Honda CRF450 rear brake pads replacement

Step 5. Press the brake pedal a couple of times to seat the new pads against the rotor and you’re done.

Pretty easy motorcycle maintenance, huh? Next, it’s time to swap out the front brake pads on your Honda dirt bike. Watch the video above to see how to change the front brake pads on a Honda CRF450R.





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