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post #1 of 3 Old 02-19-2011, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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How important is this little part?

I put new Michelin Anakee2's on my bike this week and new EBC brake pads, but when I took the rear wheel off, this little doohickey fell off.



It took me a while to figure out where it came from, but I found it in the service manual on the rear brake:



The problem is that I just figured it out tonight - after I had put the bike back together and taken it for a test spin. After looking at the bike tonight and the drawing it appears to be a place for the brake pads to rest. So my question for you more technically oriented people (like Greywolf) is this: how important is this little clip? It's not like it's a big deal to take the caliper off and put this in place, but I'm just curious. Thanks!

BTW, this is my first set of new tires for the bike since I've only had it a year. I didn't know what I was missing! With truly rounded tires it handles much differently - very responsive, easy to throw into a turn. I can't wait until the streets get cleaned of the sand that is all over the place.

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post #2 of 3 Old 02-20-2011, 12:45 AM
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Without it, the steel brake pad backing plate will wear into the aluminum caliper carrier.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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post #3 of 3 Old 02-20-2011, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, that makes sense - the aluminum being much softer. I was already planning on putting back now that I know where it goes. Thanks for the reply.

- Tom
Current: 2010 Triumph Tiger 1050, 2008 Yamaha WR250R
Former: 2008 Suzuki V-Strom DL650, 1982 Honda XL250R, 1980 Kawasaki KZ750, 1978 Yamaha SR500
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