How to Change the Rear Brake Pads on a Suzuki GSXR

When the brake pads wear on a Suzuki motorcycle, it really cuts into the bike’s stopping power. 

Changing the rear brake pads on a Suzuki GSXR is a little easier than changing the front brake pads, since you only have to do it once because there’s only a caliper on one side.

Tools and Parts Needed - Suzuki GSX-R1000 Rear Brake Pads Change


  • Flat-blade screwdriver
  • 5mm Allen
  • 12mm socket
  • Ratchet
  • Torque wrench

GSXR rear brakes change

How to Change Suzuki GSXR Rear Brake Pads

Step 1. Use a 5mm Allen to break loose the pin that runs through the caliper and holds the pads in place. 

NOTE: Don’t remove it yet, just loosen it up. 

Suzuki GSXR rear brake pads change

Step 2. Use a flat-blade screwdriver to spread the pads out and compress the pistons behind the pads. 

NOTE: This will give you enough room for the new pads, which will have more brake pad material. 

Suzuki motorcycle rear brake pads change

Step 3. Remove the 12mm bolt that holds the rear caliper in place.

Suzuki GSXR1000 rear brake pad caliper bolt

Step 4. Remove the pivot pin you loosened in Step 1. 

Suzuki GSXR 1000 rear brake pad replacement

Step 5. Rotate the entire caliper up from the rear toward the front, and pull the pads straight out. 

Suzuki GSXR-1000 rear brake caliper

Step 6. Install the new rear brake pads

NOTE: There are squared off tabs on one side of the pads that will seat into the notches found on the caliper assembly. 

Suzuki GSX-R1000 rear brake pads

Step 7. Lower the caliper back over the pads, then replace the 12mm bolt and hand-tighten it. 

Suzuki GSXR motorcycle rear brake pads change

Step 8. Replace the 5mm Allen pin. 

NOTE: You may need to maneuver the pads around a bit to guide the pin through the holes on both pads. 

Suzuki GSXR rear brake pads install

Step 9. Torque the main bolt securing the caliper to 13 foot-pounds, and the pin to 12 foot-pounds. 

Suzuki GSXR1000 rear brake pads replacement

Step 10. Pump the foot brake a few times to build up pressure in the caliper so that the brakes will work properly when you try them the first time. 

Ready to do the front brake pads next? Watch the video above to see how to change the front brake pads on a Suzuki GSX-R


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