Replace front motorcycle brake pads, 1995 Kawasaki Vulcan

Replace front motorcycle brake pads, 1995 Kawasaki Vulcan
This is an amateur demonstration of how I inspected and replaced the front brake pads on a 1995 Kawasaki Vulcan VN800. Learning about vehicle repair is a gradual process, with a learning curve sometimes punctuated by expensive and dangerous mistakes. So, if you are trying to teach yourself, be sure you read widely from many sources and never trust a single source before attempting a repair on your own. This is not a comprehensive or professional instruction guide, and the information contained here is not guaranteed accurate.

Please remember your responsibility to complete repairs in such a way that the safety of others who use the road is secure. Any misadventure resulting from your attempt to repair your vehicle is your responsibility.

27 thoughts on “Replace front motorcycle brake pads, 1995 Kawasaki Vulcan

  1. hey Spelunkered thanks so much. i just got a used 2005 Vulcan from a buddy, and came here to search for the best and safest ways to change out all the fluids. A gear oil video would also be very helpful. Thanks so much!

  2. Thanks for the note! On my Vulcan the motor oil and transmission oil are shared in the same pool. Change the motor oil and you have changed both.

  3. Thank you sir, I’ve bought some new pads for my recently acquired 1996 Vulcan 800. It only has 5500 miles, but the brakes at very low speed have somewhat of a pulse. The rotor doesn’t look bad, and I’ve just had the shop change out the fluid, so I figured I might as well give the pads a try before springing for a rotor (much the same as you mentioned).

  4. great video. going to do my front breaks very soon, they were speaky during the summer there. The new disk price………wow what a shock $320 that’s crazy! Your videos are great, thank you for doing them, they give me more confidence in doing stuff myself.

  5. Dude thank you soo much… Could not find another video that shows how this type of single cam brake is changed… Me and my 2005 Kawasaki Vulcan 800 both thank you

  6. For some reason Google won’t let me reply directly to Mario Nagar. I suspect the footpeg would be pretty simple. Just get the replacement part and swap it over, but I’ve not done that on this bike.  Thanks for watching!

  7. Thank you for making this video. I have a 93 vulcan 750. My bike is so old that most dealers won’t touch it. I love my bike. Being able to learn to do as much as I can on my own really helps. 
    How do you replace and adjust the back brakes?

  8. It’s helpful video. i want ask one thing. if i dont apply the disc brake quiet on pads, Is it a problem? Thank you.

  9. Hey I noticed you mentioned the brake fluid level.. I know this is an old video but just wanted to throw it out there.. If your not leaking brake fluid.. it is a way to check how your pads are doing.. your brake fluid level will only change as the pads wear and you have to push more fluid out of master to engage them to the rotor. Lots of guys will see the brake fluid is down and just fill it up.. no no.. a trained tech can tell you that is how you tell your pad life. As you mentioned the level went back to normal after you change the pads.. had you had just filled the master then found the pads were low you would have been too high.. Anyway, just thought I’d throw that out

  10. Thanks a ton..much more help then my downloaded shop manual…Cheers

  11. I have a 2006 EN500 kawasaki vulcan and need to replace the rear brake pads. Any video on the rear?? thanks!!

  12. could you please make a video on the rear brakes if you can. that would help me a lot. i just bought the exact same bike and i want to make sure everything is perfect. already changed the engine oil and front brakes thanks to your videos but cant find anything for the rear brakes

  13. My son just bought his first bike, a fixer-upper 96 Vulcan. We need to replace the stator. if you feel like making a video along those lines… we’d watch it. Thanks!

  14. nice bike! I have a 1999 Vulcan classic with Vance & Hines exhaust…….love that bike! I’m replacing the fuel line on it right now….kinda hard to find a line that fits in that spring sheath the old one was in….think I really need it?

  15. Thank you for making this video. I have a 2008 Vulcan 500 and I used this video as a guide to change the front brake pads. I just gave it a test ride and the brakes work great. I appreciate the video!

  16. does anyone have a video of a kawasaki zephyr 1100 zr rear brake pads removal having trouble. .rob ☺☺☺

  17. going to try this on my 1999 vulcan 800b classic. thanks for the video

  18. You should use the old pads when squeezing the caliper back. That will prevent you damaging the new pad. What is the minimum thickness for the rotor? Great video!

  19. Great video. My main concern was whether or not I could compress the caliper or if I needed to twist it in. This answered my question. Keep the videos coming!

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