Motorcycle Repair: How to Measure Motorcycle Brake Pad Wear on a 2009 Kawasaki KLR 650
**Always follow the instructions in your repair manual when doing repair or maintenance work on a motorcycle. Manuals can be found at the dealer and online.**
Brake pad thickness on a 2009 Kawasaki KLR 650 should never be less than .040 inch for both the front and rear brakes, and the pad wear should be even making the brake pad surface parallel to the brake pad metal backing plate. Each brake pad has a groove through the center of the brake pad called the brake pad wear indicator. The distance from the bottom of the brake pad wear indicator and the brake pad backing plate is .040 inch, so when the brake pad thickness is less than .040 inch, the wear indicator will disappear indicating its time to replace the pads.
Calipers can be used to measure the thickness of the brake pads.
– Brake pad pins should be torqued to 12.5 ft. lbs
– Rear caliper mounting bolts should be torqued to 18 ft. lbs
– Brake pad minimum thickness: .040 inch
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