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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-19-2017, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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03 Shadow Ace Front Caliper Spring placement?

I saw one reference to this before without an answer; but I'll try too - I attempted the "Easy job" of replacing my front brake pads on my 2003 Shadow Ace 750. Took the retaining pin out and just like on all the you tube videos the pads dropped right out ( I made the mental note to catch them in my hand but.. ) what wasn't expected was the spring shim to fall out too. With absolutely nothing found on the net of what the proper placement of this spring should be in the caliper upon re-install I have no idea.. I've managed to put it in there 3 different ways, but when I roll it around all I hear is a grinding noise.
I've also determined I had one sticking piston in the caliper. I've managed to block the working one off and pump the brake lever enough times to force the second one out where I sprayed brake clean and tried cleaning it off as best I could and applying a lithium grease in a light coat around the piston (there's no rubber boot) . That could have been why it was making that grinding sound. After doing that, it's not as noticeable, sometimes not at all but after a few brake squeezes.. the rubbing noise is back. Is the shim/spring in right .. I don't know.. is the sticky caliper piston still sticking.. maybe? should I give up and wait two weeks for my local Honda shop to have a look at it (and charge me an arm or a leg) or can someone please post a pic of how the spring should look in the caliper for me so I can start there again.. Much much appreciated.

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I don't have the same bike but from a 2000 manual it shows a couple of views that may help. Also look at the witness marks on the old pads to see where the spring had been wearing.

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Thanks Swifty,
I saw the first exploded view before, but it didn't help, but the second image actually makes me think I do have it installed right this time around. It's still rubbing, I wonder if it's quite possible that the pads they gave me which said Honda Shadow 1100 are perhaps a fraction too big thickness-wise for a 750? (I bought them from a Honda parts counter - so I'm trusting their experience).
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Is the spring rubbing? Making a high pitch metallic sound on the rotor, or is the pad surface rubbing?

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Yes, my 98 is the same through 03...


That spring/clip is tricky and perfinicky to replace into the mix...
BUT > IF I can, you can...
It`ll click when it`s right...
The first time and last time were just as difficult, I had to look at pics to see placement position...


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sounds more like the pad surface rubbing to me
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If it doesn't impede the wheel speed it may be normal especially if you have a sticky piston.
If it is noisy you can chamfer the leading and trailing edges of the pads a little with some sand paper and cut the corner off at about a 45 degree angle.

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When the spring is in place correctly, it`ll have them pads with up & down tension somewhat springy...
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ok thanks for the input fellas. I'll have another go at it again tonight when I get home from work.
next few days calls for rain so, no better time than now to tinker right!
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The only pic I've found thus far that shows placement.. by George this might be it!

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