Yamaha YXZ1000R Front Brake Pads Replacement

Changing the front brake pads on a Yamaha UTV doesn’t require any special tools, which pretty much makes it a basic “do-it-yourself” maintenance task.

Follow the steps below and watch the video above to replace the front brake pads on your Yamaha YXZ1000R side-by-side. 

Tools and Parts Needed – Yamaha YXZ1000R Front Brake Pad Change


  • Ratchet and 14mm socket
  • C-clamp
  • Flathead screwdrivers
  • Torque wrench

How to Replace Yamaha YXZ1000R Front Brake Pads

Step 1. Raise the front of the vehicle and support it on axle stands. Make sure the axle stands are positioned under the frame (not the floor panels), then remove the front wheels.

Yamaha YXZ1000R front brake pads change

NOTE: Never work on your side-by-side or any other vehicle with only a jack. Make sure the vehicle is properly supported on axle stands.

Step 2. Remove the two 14mm brake caliper bolts, and slide the caliper assembly off the brake rotor.

Yamaha YXZ1000 R front brake calipers

Step 3. Press the pistons back into the caliper by tightening a C-clamp down on the old brake pads.

Yamaha YXZ1000 front brake pads replacement

Step 4. Remove the old brake pads from the caliper, and clean the caliper assembly with contact/brake cleaner.

Step 5. Check that the brake carrier and the brake caliper slide easily along the two pins protected by the rubber boots, then inspect the boots for splits or tears.

If the carrier and caliper are binding on the pins, remove the carrier, then clean and grease the pins and reinstall the carrier.

If the boots are damaged, remove the carrier and replace the boots.

Step 6. Install the new brake pads using a pair of flathead screwdrivers to guide the brake pads into the spring clips that hold them within the caliper.

Yamaha YZX1000 UTV front brake pad calipers

Step 7. Slide the caliper assembly back over the brake rotor.

Yamaha YXZ1000R side-by-side brake pads

Step 8. Add a drop of blue threadlocker to the two 14mm brake caliper bolts, then reinstall them and torque each one to 35 foot-pounds.

Step 9. Reinstall the wheel and torque the lug nuts to 54 foot-pounds.

Step 10. Repeat steps 2-9 for the other side of the vehicle and you’re done.

After changing the front brake pads on your Yamaha side-by-side, you may want to change the rear brake pads next. Watch the video above to see how to replace Yamaha YXZ1000R rear brake pads.


Why Partzilla?

Commercial Discounts

Special discounts for companies in the powersports industry


Government Sales

Discounts for federal and most state and municipal agencies