Replace Brake Pads On A 2002 Road King

Changing the brake pads on your 2002 Road King is relatively easy.

If you notice squealing and squeaking when you apply the brakes on your Road King, you may need to replace the brake pads. Be careful not to ride too much farther on your Harley before changing the brake pads, otherwise you could face a more expensive brake job that is beyond your expertise.


1. Find the brake caliper on your front wheel. The caliper holds the brake pad into place and is mounted on the disc brake rotor. Use a 10 mm socket to remove the bolts connecting the caliper to the caliper rotor mount. Be sure to put the caliper bolts in a place where they will not get dirty or misplaced.

2. Slide the caliper off the rotor slowly so you can access the brake pad holding pins easily. Be careful not to disconnect the brake line from the caliper, as this will spill braking fluid.

3. Inspect the rotor for wear and tear. If there are any scratches or scuffs on the Road King’s rotor, remove it and have it resurfaced.

4. Loosen the holding pins on the caliper with the box end wrench. The holding pins do not need to be backed out all of the way, but just enough so you can slide the brake pads out from the caliper.

5. Pry the brake pad and shim apart carefully with a flat screwdriver so you can remove both from the caliper. Slide off the brake pad and shim set. You should see the piston in the caliper depressed back into its hole. If it does not depress, then push it back into the caliper hole with a C-clamp so you have enough room for the new brake pad, which will be thicker than the old pad.

6. Spray the brake pad lubricant on the back side of the brake pad, where it comes into contact with the shim. Slide the brake pad and shim into place on the caliper and screw the brake pad pins back into place.

7. Reinstall the caliper to the mounting bracket on the rotor. Tighten the 10 mm bolts. Bleed the brakes by pumping the brakes. This will push the fluid back into the caliper after it backed up into the brake fluid reservoir when the piston was pushed.

8. Repeat these steps for the rear brake pads.