Yamaha YXZ1000R Replacing Parking Brake Pads

Parking brake pads on a Yamaha YXZ1000R should always be included in regular brake maintenance. 

Watch the video above and follow the steps below to change the parking brake pads on a Yamaha YXZ1000R.

Tools and Supplies Needed – Yamaha YXZ1000R Parking Brake Pad Change

Tools

  • Ratchet and extensions
  • 7mm, 10mm, 14mm sockets
  • 10mm, 12mm wrenches
  • 5mm Allen
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Torque wrench

Yamaha YXZ1000 side-by-side parking brake pads change

There must be enough slack in the parking brake cable to remove the pads on your Yamaha UTV. Follow these steps to access the parking brake cable adjuster.

Slacken Yamaha YXZ1000R Parking Brake Cable

Step 1. Remove the right seat bottom. It clips in place, so just lift it up from the front to remove it.

Yamaha YXZ1000R parking brake pads first step

Step 2. Remove the center console upper covers, which are held in place with plastic rivets plus 7mm and 10mm bolts.

NOTE: If your Yamaha YXZ1000R has a sound system in the center console, you’ll need to disconnect it and remove it too.

Step 3. Remove the right-side center console cover.

Step 4. Using a 10mm wrench and a 12mm wrench, loosen the lock nut on the parking brake cable and turn the adjuster to slacken the cable.

Yamaha YXZ1000R parking brake cable

Watch the clip below to see the brake cable loosening segment of our Yamaha YXZ1000R parking brake pads video.

It’s not necessary to raise the YXZ1000R or remove the rear wheels, but doing so makes replacing the parking brake pads much easier. If you choose to raise the vehicle, support it on axle stands positioned under the frame. 

NOTE: Never work on your side-by-side or any other vehicle using only a jack.

Removing Yamaha YXZ1000R Parking Brake Pads

Step 5. Disconnect the parking brake cable from its retaining bracket.

Yamaha YXZ100R brake caliper assembly diagram

Step 6. Remove the two 14mm brake caliper mounting bolts and the parking brake caliper assembly from the vehicle.

Step 7. Remove the two 5mm Allen brake pad pins and slide the parking brake pads from the caliper assembly.

Step 8. Remove the spring clip beneath the brake pads from the caliper assembly.

Watch the clip below to see the brake pad removal segment of our Yamaha YXZ1000R parking brake pads video.

Before installing the new parking brake pads, clean the pad pins, spring clip and caliper assembly with a wire brush and contact/brake cleaner to remove as much dirt as possible.

Installing Yamaha YXZ1000R Parking Brake Pads

Step 9. Reinstall the spring clip, then install the new parking brake pads into the brake caliper.

Yamaha YXZ1000R parking brake pads change

Step 10. Apply a drop of red threadlocker to the pad pins and reinstall them.

Step 11. Measure the gap between the new brake pads by pushing the tapered end of a flathead screwdriver between the pads, marking the screwdriver at the point at which the pads are fully pushed back, and measuring the thickness of the screwdriver at the mark. 

NOTE: The gap should be 5mm. If the gap is greater than 5mm, you’ll need to adjust the caliper (Step 12), but if the gap is correct you can skip ahead to Step 19.

Watch the clip below to see the brake pads installation segment of our Yamaha YXZ1000R parking brake pads video.

Step 12. Disconnect and remove the tensioning spring from the parking brake cable retaining bracket and the brake cable arm.

Yamaha YXZ1000 parking brake pads replacement

Step 13. Remove the 12mm nut and the brake cable arm beneath if from the brake caliper shaft.

Step 14. Rotate the 12mm nut on the brake caliper shaft counterclockwise until it can’t turn any further.

Step 15. Reinstall the brake cable arm and 12mm nut onto the brake caliper shaft, but only hand-tighten it.

Step 16. Measure and mark the tapered end of a flathead screwdriver at the point where it’s just under 5mm thick.

Step 17. Put the screwdriver between the parking brake pads, and turn the brake caliper shaft clockwise until the pads contact the screwdriver at the marked point, then tighten the 12mm nut to lock everything in place.

Step 18. Reinstall the tensioning spring to the parking brake cable retaining bracket and the brake cable arm.

Watch the clip below to see the caliper adjustment segment of our Yamaha YXZ1000R parking brake pads video.

Step 19. Reinstall the parking brake caliper assembly and the caliper mounting bolts. Torque the bolts to 29 foot-pounds.

Step 20. Reconnect the parking brake cable into its retaining bracket.

Watch the clip below to see the brake caliper installation segment of our Yamaha YXZ1000R parking brake pads video.

Before finishing the job, the parking brake cable must be tensioned so the parking brake lever engages at the correct point.

Adjusting Yamaha YXZ1000R Parking Brake Cable

Step 21. Pull the parking brake lever. There should only be a single click before it engages. If there’s more than one click, tighten the parking brake cable adjuster until the lever only moves by a single click, then tighten the lock nut on the parking brake cable.

Yamaha YXZ1000 UTV parking brake pads change

Step 22. Reinstall the center console covers and the seat bottom and you’re done.

Watch the clip below to see the brake cable adjustment segment of our Yamaha YXZ1000R parking brake pads video.

 

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