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Hi guys,

My first (real) post here, about my first motorcycle, the '82 GL500.

Last night I replaced the front brake pads without too many issues, and bled the brakes to be sure nothing would get stuck in the MC.

After replacing the brake pads I took the bike around town and everything seemed to be working fine.

I'm posting because there is something that has been bothering me... How do the pads retract? I didn't see anything attached to the old brake pads or the pistons. Are the pads supposed to work like car pads and just hang out with a little bit of drag? Am I missing a part or two?

Any insights will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
 

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Works just like the cars.
 
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When the piston is pushed out the square section rubber piston ring ring tends to stick to the piston just enough that when you release the brake and the ring relaxes it pulls the piston back slightly. It only needs to be a couple of thous if the hub & rotor are true. That's why calipers have square section rings instead of o-rings.
 
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