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Hey all,

I just got done thoroughly cleaning my front brake pistons, and calipers, and wow what a change it made to the brake responsiveness.

I would like to do the same for the rear since I have no idea the last time it was cleaned (pads look fine). I see in the manual where if I want to take the caliper apart I have to drop the rear wheel. Really not trying to do that. If I got the pads out and used a brake cleaner to clean the inside of the caliper, would that work? Does anyone have tips for how to clean the rear one?

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Rebel
 

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I would wait until you need a new tire. Clean the caliper when changing the tire. Kill two birds with one stone.
 

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Agree with RustyG - you want to take it off, clean, and probably want to get a kit and replace all the rubber bits.

And yes, it requires pulling the rear axle. No way around it if you want to do a good job.

I did mine during winter/spring downtime. Pulling the rear axle is, if it was properly lubed with anti-seize, not a huge deal, if you have a reasonable jack, and the sockets for the ends.
 
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