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Drum Brake - Kawasaki KZ500 Manual

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CHAPTER THREE
Brake Hose Replacement
The hydraulic brake hoses should be
replaced every 4 years regardless ofthe mileage
on the bike: see
Brake Hose Rc~p/acenzenf
in
Chapter Eight.
DRUM BRAKE
Some models have a drum brake at the rear
wheel. Inspect the brake function and brake
lining wear according to the maintenance
schedule (Table 1).
Pedal Height
Brake pedal
helght adjustment
should not be
required once you have set it to the desired
posit~on. but it does affect pedal play. Normal
brake pedal height is about 1 in. (20-30 mm)
below the top of the footpeg.
1. Loosen the locknut and turn the adjustment
bolt to get the correct pedal height (Figure 51).
2. Tighten the locknut.
3. Adjust brake pedal play.
Pedal Play
Turn the adjustment nut on the end of the
brake rod (Figure 52) until the brake pedal has
about 1 in. (20-30 mm) travel from the rest
position to the applied position when the pedal
is depressed lightly by hand.
After adjusting pedal play, spin the rear
wheel to make sure it is turning freely and apply
the brake several times to make sure it releases
fully.
Adjust the rear brake light switch as
described in the section under
D i s c
Brakes.
Brake Light Switch Adjustment
1. Turn the ignition switch ON.
2. Step on the brake pedal. The light should
come on just as the brake begins to work.
3.
To make the light come on earlier, hold the
switch body and turn the adjusting nut (Figure
45)
or locknuts, to move the switch body up.
Move the switch body
down
to delay the light.
NOTE
Some riders prefer having the light come
on a little early. This way, they can tap
the pedal without braking to warn
drivers who follow too closely.
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