This has probably been asked a thousand times over and those of you who know what you are doing are probably tired of responding but here I go.
Have the Avid Juicy 7 - Ulitimate, one season old, pads were worn, pretty much to the end.
Had a hell of a time removing the old pads...
Ok go to install new set of pads, the pistons are not flush with the facing. Here's where my dumb questions kick in..
I used to have Hayes Nines and the pads were easy to change out, one at a time. The Avids have a thin metal peice that appears to sit around the top edge of the pads. This to me means that you install the pads together in one shot - right or wrong?
Anyway - ths isnt gonna happen - no room. After sometime I manage to get the pistons somewhat retracted using a putty knife and a screwdriver. I see notes that you lube the pistons - dumb question - with what just normal lube or brake cleaner plus lube?
Anyway no way are two pads going in at the same time.. finally I get one in and then lucky the other - however new problem. The thin metal bracket/piece doesnt know sit that well on the edge of the pads and is bent, when the rotor is installed it hits the metal bracket plus rubs like hell. Ok remove wheel again, bend bracket as best I can, re-install wheel.
Try to adjust allen screws but who I am kidding , the wheel moves but I might as well be riding with the brakes on.
Other than taking it into the bike shop - no clue what I can do further.
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