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Hi there,
I've just replaced the front brake pads by following the very useful instructions here:

http://www.goldwingfacts.com/1500frontbrakepads.htm

However on inspecting the old pads I see that there is a very thin shim of metal attached to the back of the pad furthest away from the caliper pistons - the metal shim fits between the pad and the anti rattle plate in the diagrams and is the same size and shape of the pad itself with a couple of tabs that grip on to the side of the pad.
There is no mention of this metal shim in the above instructions - so is it needed? Do I need to take the calliper off again and fit the shim to the back of the new pad?
Thanks in anticipation.
 

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That backing plate is designed to help keep the brakes quiet, sometimes called an anti-squeal pad. Some use the goopy stuff in a tube. I wouldn't rush to take it apart, it's not a critical item. I'd run it as is and if by chance it gets noisy, yeah, time to pull it apart and re-install the plates.:sadguy:
 

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Or just live with any noise.
 
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