How to Replace Suzuki GSX-R1000 Front Brake Pads 

Replacing the front brake pads on a Suzuki GSX-R1000 motorcycle can be done with a few basic tools and a handful of minutes.

There are wear indicators cut into Suzuki GSX-R1000 front brake pads, which will no longer be visible once the pads need replacing. Note that the wear indicators show the absolute maximum wear limit, and GSX-R1000 front brake pads should always be replaced before that wear limit is reached.

Suzuki GSX-R 1000 front brake pads

Watch our Suzuki GSX-R1000 front brake pad replacement video above and reference the step-by-step guide below for additional help.

Suzuki GSX-R front brake pad change

Tools and Parts Needed - Suzuki GSX-R Front Brake Pad Change


  • Ratchet
  • 12mm socket
  • 5mm Allen
  • Screwdriver
  • Torque wrench

Replacing Suzuki GSX-R1000 Front Brake Pads

Step 1. Break loose the two brake pad pins with a 5mm Allen. 

PRO TIP: It's much easier breaking the pad pins loose while the caliper is still mounted to the fork.

Suzuki GSX-R motorcycle brake pad calipers

Step 2. Remove the two 12mm caliper mounting bolts, and slide the caliper assembly off the brake rotor.

Step 3. Use a flat blade screwdriver to lever the old brake pads apart and press the pistons back into the brake caliper.

Suzuki GSX-R brake pad change

Step 4. Remove the two brake pad pins, and drop the old brake pads out of the caliper assembly. 

NOTE: You may have to apply slight pressure to the brake pads to release the tension from the brake pad spring and make removing the pad pins easier.

Step 5. Clean the caliper assembly and the brake pad pins with contact/brake cleaner.

Step 6. Slide a set of new front brake pads into the caliper assembly, press them in against the pad spring and reinstall the two brake pad pins.

Suzuki motorcycle front brake pads change

Step 7. Carefully spread the new brake pads open with a screwdriver so they're positioned under the pad spring and against the pistons. 

NOTE: Be mindful not to scratch or damage the brake pad surfaces.

Suzuki GSX-R1000 front brake pads change

Step 8. Slide the caliper assembly back over the brake rotor and reinstall the two caliper mounting bolts.

Suzuki GSX-R front brake rotors

Step 9. Torque the caliper mounting bolts to 28 foot-pounds, and torque the brake pad pins to 12 foot-pounds.

Suzuki GSX-R1000 brake pads change

Step 10. Repeat Step 1 through Step 9 for the front brake pads on the other side of the wheel.

Make sure you pump the front brake lever a few times to seat the new brake pads on the rotors and build up pressure in the system before riding the bike for the first time after a front pad change. 

If you also need to replace the rear brake pads on your GSX-R1000, watch our Suzuki GSX-R1000 rear brake pad replacement video above. 


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