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Need to work on bike, not sure I should do it myself...

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Hey guys --

Really hoping I can get some help here. I can't ride my bike and the season is almost over... I don't have much experience (anything but an oil change) with maintaining/working on my Honda VTX1300S. I really want to get to know my bike and learn how to work on it on my own. All in all, what I need to do is

change the brake fluid
change my brake pads
and.. most intimidating of all -- change my rear brake rotor (disc?). It's rusted pretty bad and ate up my brake pads.

First, should I attempt to do this job on my own, or should I take it to a mechanic? I'm willing to put time and effort into doing it on my own. Gotta start somehow. (been using bareasschoppers for tutorials, but haven't anything for help with replacing the rotor)

Do I need to remove the wheel to replace the rotor? Can you recommend anything I should be aware of?

Thank you for your help!!

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Definitely do it yourself. Why pay high $ to let some high school drop out wrench on your ride. Changing the above mentioned is really e-z. The rotor change will be the hardest part only because you need to remove the rear wheel-which isn't difficult to do. Do you have a stand or a lift? It's an S so now would be a good time to put on the required WW's:icon_danc

To change your brake fluid, Take the master cylinder cover off, crack the bleeder loose and put a piece of surgical tubing on it long enough so it goes into an old bottle. Slowly pump the brakes and as the level goes down add new fluid until the clear fluid is coming out of the bleeder screw. Be careful and pump slowly as brake fluid will eff up your paint. For the front brake, put a towel or something under it.
That's what she said! :icon_chee
Damn, that required more work than necessary, Mark. I do appreciate your enthusiasm though!!!
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Brake rotors are usually heat treated high carbon steel. Stainless would make them far to brittle to be used in an application that develops so much heat and then cools so quickly over and over again.
You guys rock. Thanks :glee:

Checking the caliper... would that mean it may require lubrication?
That's a big 10 4
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