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Location: Oshawa, Ontario
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I installed new rear brake shoes - what did I do wrong?
While changing the tires on my bike - a 2009 C50SE - I decided to change the rear brake shoes while I was at it. Everything is back together, but when I tested the rear brake it failed to engage the shoes with the drum. So now, with the brake pedal fully pressed, the rear tire still spins freely by hand, as if the brakes weren't there at all.
I'm sure I put everything back exactly as it was, with the exception of using the new shoes, and I didn't touch any other part of the rear braking system. I triple-checked the shoes to make sure they are the correct parts (they are). The adjusting nut would have to be put in a ridiculous amount on the brake rod to give me any braking action - far, far more so than what it was before I replaced the shoes.
I could rectify the situation by moving the brake arm back (turning it clockwise) a few notches, but that would mean that the gap in the brake arm is nowhere near the 30-degree offset from the line on the end of the camshaft. This is the offset recommended in the Clymer guide for my bike and appears to be the way it was based on pics I took as I was going along.
Moving the brake arm would be the easiest solution, but this would make the gap in the brake arm actually line up with the line on the end of the camshaft instead of being offset. This would be in contradiction the Clymer guide's directions and my own "before" photos. The cam would also be constantly engaging the brake shoes in this position (pushing them apart and not allowing them to sit at rest) once the brake arm was back on the brake rod - although this may not be an issue so long as I'm not dragging the shoes in the drum.
Any ideas what I did wrong and how I can best fix this?
2009 Suzuki C50SEC