How to Replace the Front Brake Pads on a Yamaha V-Max 

The front brake pads on a bulky bike like the Yamaha V-Max need to be replaced frequently due to the sheer amount of punishment they receive. 

Changing the front brake pads on a V-Max motorcycle only takes minutes to complete yourself. Watch the Yamaha V-Max front brake pad replacement video above to see how it's done, and print out the walkthrough below for reference.

Tools and Parts Needed - Yamaha V-Max Brake Pad Change

Tools

  • Ratchet
  • 14mm socket
  • C-clamp

Yamaha V-Max motorcycle maintenance

Replacing Yamaha V-Max Front Brake Pads

Step 1. Remove the two 14mm brake caliper mounting bolts.

Yamaha V-Max front brake pad change

Step 2. Slide the caliper assembly off the brake rotor, and remove the brake caliper dust cap from the back of the caliper assembly.

Step 3. Remove the two clips from the brake pad pins, and slide the pad pins out from the brake pads and caliper assembly.

Yamaha V-max motorcycle brake pad change

Step 4. Remove the spring pad from the caliper assembly, and drop the brake pads out of the caliper assembly.

Yamaha V-Max front brake pads

Step 5. Use a C-clamp to compress the pistons back into the brake caliper.

Yamaha motorcycle front brake pad change

Step 6. Clean the caliper assembly with contact/brake cleaner.

Step 7. Slide a pair of new brake pads into the caliper assembly. Next, reinstall the spring pad, and slide the pad pins back through the brake pads and caliper assembly.

Yamaha V-max new front brake pad installation

Step 8. Reinstall the two clips into the brake pad pins, and reinstall the brake caliper dust cap into the back of the caliper assembly.

Step 9. Slide the caliper assembly back over the brake rotor, and reinstall the two 14mm brake caliper mounting bolts.

Yamaha V-max front brake caliper assembly

Step 10. Repeat Step 1 through Step 9 for the brake pads on the other side of the V-Max and you're done.

Yamaha V-max front brake pad change steps

Looking for more information about motorcycle brakes and brake pads? Check out our articles on how to understand and troubleshoot motorcycle brakes and how to choose the right dirt bike brake pads

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