Although the idea of replacing the front brake pads on a Suzuki Eiger ATV can seem daunting to the untrained ATV owner, the truth is that the task can be done with basic tools and common sense. Once you remove the front wheel, you can easily unbolt the brake caliper frame of the Eiger, allowing for the removal and replacement of worn brake pads. Take your time to avoid losing parts or making mistakes that will have more time to repair.
Things you need
14 mm bushing
8 mm socket
6 mm Allen socket
Spray brake cleaning spray
replacement brake pads
Loosen the wheel nuts before using a 14 mm socket and a breaker bar for extra leverage. Engage the parking brake and lift the front wheels of the ATV off the ground using a jack. Remove the lug nuts of the front wheel and remove the wheel from the axle.
Unlock the mounting bracket of the front brake caliper, using a 8 mm outlet for removing the pair of bolts that attach the ATV carrier. Lift the bracket up and slide it out of the front brake rotor.
Remove the pair of pins of the caliper brake pads, using an Allen socket 6 mm to loosen the pins. Pull the brake pads and caliper clip retainer spring. Separate platelets retaining spring and pull metal shims out of the back of the brake pads. Insert a pair of new brake pads in the retaining spring clip and press the holds on the back of platelets.
Cleaning the inside of the brake caliper with a brake cleaning aerosol spray, concentrating around internal caliper pistons. Wipe dry immediately with a clean shop towel.
Press the inner pistons in the brake caliper with a large screwdriver. Insert brake pad and clip retaining spring in the caliper. Insert the brake pad pin in the caliper and through the pads of the mounting holes. Tighten the pins with an Allen socket 6 mm.
Slide the brake caliper on the front brake disc and caliper bracket align with the frame of the ATV. Insert and tighten the caliper mounting bolts with an 8mm socket. Mount the wheel on the front axle and tighten the lug nuts with a 14 mm socket, alternating between the wheel nuts in a cross pattern until they are fully tightened. Repeat on the opposite side of the ATV.
Prepare the front brake circuit after the brake pads on both sides of the ATC were replaced. Pump slowly the front brake lever several times to close the brake pads around the brake rotor, the reconstruction of the hydraulic pressure in the brake system. Stop once the brake lever provides firm resistance when it is pulled in.
Tips & Warnings
Inspect internal caliper pistons for damage or corrosion while the brake pads were removed. If the pistons show signs of healing, rusting or leaking, have rebuilt the caliper by a qualified technician Suzuki.
Check your brake pads before installing the bracket on the ATV. The brake pads must be fully guaranteed by the pad pins to prevent platelets from moving freely. Loose buffers can bind against the brake rotor and lock the front wheel, creating a dangerous loss of control.
Always prime the braking system after the replacement of the brake pads to restore the hydraulic pressure of the brake.