How to Change Honda VTX Rear Brake Pads
Replacing the brake pads on your Honda motorcycle should be a part of its routine maintenance to keep it running at its best.
Follow the steps below or watch the video above to learn how to do a rear brake pad change on a Honda VTX1800 motorcycle.
- Pick tool
- 3/8th ratchet
- 5mm Allen
- Flat-blade screwdriver
- Torque wrench
Replacing the Rear Brake Pads on a Honda VTX1800
Step 1. Use a flat-blade screwdriver to push the old brake pads back into the caliper.
NOTE: This step is done to compress the pistons inside the caliper and make room for the new pads. The new pads will be thicker since they have more material. Be careful not to gouge the rotor during this step.
Step 2. Use a pick tool to remove the small pin that covers the hanger pin on the caliper.
PRO TIP: See #14 on the VTX1800 rear brake caliper diagram.
Step 3. Use a 5mm Allen to remove the hanger pin.
NOTE: The pin goes through both brake pads.
Step 4. Lift out and remove the brake pads.
Step 5. Insert the new brake pads.
NOTE: The end with the loop faces out. Route the hanger pin through the loop in the pad when you thread the pin.
Step 6. Re-insert and thread the hanger pin. Hand-tighten and then torque the pin to 13 foot-pounds.
PRO TIP: Press up on the outer brake pad, then insert the pin and run it through the loop on the pad. Do the same thing on the inner pad.
Step 7. Replace the dust cap.
Step 8. Pump the brake pedal to push the brake pistons back out and you’re done.
NOTE: Don’t skip this last step, or else you won’t have a good brake response when you initially apply the brakes.
Ready to do the front brake pads next? Watch the video above to see how to change the front brake pads on a Honda VTX 1800.