How to Change Brake Pads on a Harley Heritage Softail

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Things You'll Need

  • Allen wrench

  • Screwdriver

  • New brake pads

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The brake pads on your Harley Heritage Softail are what allow you to stop while you're riding. Harley Davidson manufactures a specific brake pad that you'll need to buy from your Harley dealer before you can perform this job. You need to change the brake pads on a regular schedule, depending on how many miles you ride your Softail. Changing the brake pads on your Heritage Softail is not difficult to complete and will keep you safe while you are riding.

Step 1

Remove the bolts from the calipers using the allen wrench. On a Heritage Softail with fixed calipers, rotate the caliper retaining pins until the ends of the retaining clips are exposed, and then remove the clips with pliers.

Step 2

Pull the brake calipers off of the rotors and inspect the calipers for cracks or other damages. Remove the brake pad from the caliper and squeeze the brake handle or foot pedal to force the piston out of the caliper. Clean the caliper pistons to remove any debris. Use the screwdriver to push the caliper piston all the way back into the caliper.

Step 3

Insert the new brake pads into the caliper. Replace the caliper to the rotor. Replace the bolts that secure the caliper to the rotor using the allen wrench.


Not replacing the brake pads correctly may cause your brakes to fail while you are riding on the road.