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oakville46 12-09-2011 09:57 PM

Replacing Backing Plates
Has anyone replaced the backing plates on the rear brakes? The section where the parking brake shoe pins hold on have rotted away now on mine and I need to replace those shields/plates. Anyone done this? easy for an afternoon job in the driveway?

Ceeker 12-09-2011 10:17 PM

try using a bolt and nut. usually works to hold them on. or put washers behind the pin hole to keep the pins in place.

oakville46 12-09-2011 10:34 PM

Already did that ... the hole has gotten bigger now so I figured I would replace the whole plate instead ... plus the pins got bent since they came out and I've put some km's on them like that. Simply cars fixed me up with my brake job last year on this ... I figure if its easy, I'll just do it myself now.

Renboy 12-10-2011 12:55 AM

Assuming it will slide over the hub then you should be able to do it in less than an afternoon. Should be: remove wheel, remove caliper with bracket, remove rotor, remove parking shoes, remove plate and reverse. If you can't slide it over the hub, then I suggest parking on flat surfaces.

A Saturday afternoon, in a driveway, in December, in Canada?

oakville46 12-11-2011 10:57 PM

You'r talking to a guy who washes his car in the driveway in January/February if the weather is warmer than -1 LOL

Axxe 12-14-2011 11:19 PM

Easiest way is to cut the new plate to slide it over in a strategic way, and then having it welded up next time you're at an exhaust shop (from the back, shot of paint and done). Won't be an issue until it rots out the next time.

blk3 12-14-2011 11:23 PM

^^^^^^^ what he said. i just did mine on monday. backing plates does not slide over the hub. thats why you have to cut it. or remove the wheel bearing hub. if you need bearings do it properly. if not the cut and weld works just fine

oakville46 12-14-2011 11:49 PM

Got the car at Bimmersport getting it done along with my sport suspension changeover and any other little things I need done ... not enough time on my hands to tackle these projects.

Axxe 12-15-2011 01:46 AM

Sometimes it's just easier to pay the credit card bill than mess around when you're out of time.

oakville46 12-15-2011 10:14 PM

^^exactly ... however the bill was super small thanks to John and the staff at Bimmersport. They installed the washers for me instead of replacing the backing plates. Much better than all that work and money ;)

aberg83 08-11-2013 07:08 PM

Hate to revive an old thread but wondering if anybody has a picture of the nut and bolt or washer method of securing the ebrake pins?

Ceeker 08-11-2013 08:06 PM

bolt through the back of plate and shoe and a washer/nut to secure it.. pretty simple

aberg83 08-12-2013 08:34 PM

Can you access the holes in the backing plates from behind? Quick look under the car with a flashlight and I couldn't see them.

Ceeker 08-12-2013 10:34 PM

they can be a tight fit but accessible.

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