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Just took off the rear wheel and tire to paint it, and upon reinstalling the rear brake wont work.. I have it all hooked up and i press the pedal ddown and it doesn't work..



I'm sure there's a simple reason why just can't think of it. Help quickly plz! gotta finish this project



















uploaded pictures---- bump!
 

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It sounds like you need to tighten up the adjuster nut on the brake rod. They need to be tightened up on the threaded shaft until you get about 1" or so of travel when you step on the peddle.

Did you take the shoes off the backing plate?
 

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I honestly don't remember, I am very new to the bikes. I pulled the drive shaft off, and the brake unit. However I did put it back in place as I remember.



To what you said, I did tighten down the nut on the brake rod, and it still doesn't do anything. It just seems like the brake isn't engaging at all... idk what i did wrong.





I've read the manual but it's still very vague on how to reassemble the backtire/wheel. I'm guessing i re-installed it wrong.
 

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OK, lets see if we can get this corrected without pictures.



First of all, you need to put the lower stay rod back in place before the breaks will be in the correct position to work. That's the main problem.



Loosen the axle nut so you can position it and put the top bolt (in your picture) in the hole of the brake baking plate. Then put the rod on that's connected to the swingarm on it. Then comes the rubber washer followed by the metal washer and nut. DO NOT forget to put a cotter pin in to ensure the nut will not back off. I have seen this happen a couple times. Tighten up the axle and you should be ready to adjust the rear brakes.



The brake lever that's on the splines has a dot in the end of the shaft and a dot on the brake lever. Make sure they line up too.
 

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i'm still confused, i just went out and looked at it for a few minutes. I understand that the swing arm pushes the drums out and stops the wheel... and confused from there lol sorry for the hassle
 

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Looks like the brake rod is above the axle, it should be below the axle?????
 

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Old Okie, He's working on a GL500. The brake arms on the GL's go UP.



I'll get you a picture of what the arm is that you need to hook up.
 

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OK, this is my CX500 project so don't worry about the brake lever pointing down.

But you can see the lower control rod that bolts to the bottom of the backing plate. That's what your missing to make the brakes work right.

 

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ok here's what i have figured out... I know the rod is hooked up right, now I just have to figure out why the wheel isn't locking into place, cause now it's floating free.
 

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I didn't see the lower control rod in your pictures. Did you take it off the swingarm?

Do you see the lower arm I'm referring to? It's about a 1/2" round bar that bolts to the extended section of the brake backing plate.
 
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