Front Brake Pad Question


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Front Brake Pad Question

Postby moreira72 » Wed Jun 10, 2015 5:54 pm



Hi, I'm replacing the front brake pads, and the dealer gave me OEM pads that have a backing plate per pair. The EBC's that I'm replacing don't. Which side does the backing plate go on? The piston side, or outside? I'm thinking the piston side. TIA



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Re: Front Brake Pad Question

Postby moreira72 » Wed Jun 10, 2015 7:06 pm

This is a picture of the plate I'm talking about.
I'm also rebuilding the rear just waiting on the O-rings and thrust washer to complete the rear.
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Re: Front Brake Pad Question

Postby ct1500 » Wed Jun 10, 2015 7:32 pm

It goes on the pad for the non-piston side.
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Re: Front Brake Pad Question

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Wed Jun 10, 2015 11:29 pm

Interestingly, the parts fiche shows the shim (#13) only being used on the front right caliper. The non-piston side. Since the pads are the same for both left and right side calipers, they may ship the shim with all pads, for use depending on which side you are replacing. The again, the parts fiche drawing could be in error. Haven't replaced mine yet, so no personal experience. My 1997 Honda service manual doesn't show, or mention the shims at all.

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Re: Front Brake Pad Question

Postby moreira72 » Thu Jun 11, 2015 6:18 am

Bluewaterhooker0 wrote:Interestingly, the parts fiche shows the shim (#13) only being used on the front right caliper. The non-piston side. Since the pads are the same for both left and right side calipers, they may ship the shim with all pads, for use depending on which side you are replacing. The again, the parts fiche drawing could be in error. Haven't replaced mine yet, so no personal experience. My 1997 Honda service manual doesn't show, or mention the shims at all.
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My 98 Service manual doesn't show or mention the shim either. I did read somewhere online that it is used on the right caliper. just didn't know what side of the caliper. I guess the left doesn't need it because that caliper works off the rear brake? What does the shim do? And would it be ok to use on both sides?

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Re: Front Brake Pad Question

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Thu Jun 11, 2015 10:13 am

As far as I know, shims like that are used as an anti-squeal device. Automotive pads come shipped with varying techniques to address that issue. Sometimes an attached shim, sometimes with a special coating. However, I don't know why they wouldn't be needed on all calipers. I did replace my rear pads a while back, with EBC pads, and there were no shims on the old or new pads. The old pads appeared to be oem.

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Re: Front Brake Pad Question

Postby wingman12 » Tue Jun 16, 2015 5:43 pm

I have a 99 1500 SE and I have replaced my brakes every two years and have never seen this shim on any calipers nor when I order OEM or EBC pads, does a shim come with the pads.

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Re: Front Brake Pad Question

Postby moreira72 » Wed Jun 17, 2015 8:08 am

wingman12 wrote:I have a 99 1500 SE and I have replaced my brakes every two years and have never seen this shim on any calipers nor when I order OEM or EBC pads, does a shim come with the pads.


The EBC pads don't have the shims, the Honda OEM pads have them for the front only. As per honda service manual, you use the shim on the outside pad on the right fork which is the caliper controlled by the front brake. Although the manual doesn't call for a shim on the left side, I used the shims on both sides since they package a shim with all front OEM pads. the bike stops fine using front or rear brakes.




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