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I'm replacing the Juicy 5 pads for the first time and I can't for the life of me get the new pads in. The old ones came out OK, and I pried on them before removing to try and push back the pistons (although I'm not sure I bottomed them since I didn't know how much force to use). I'm using EBC golds, but the backing apears to be the same thickness. They don't have the little ramp for the locating pins like the Avid pads did, so maybe that's my problem. But there just doesn't seem to be enough room to squeeeze both pads into the caliper body. Anybody had the same difficulties and then figured out a trick they're willing to share? Thanks,
- Joe
 

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Push those pistons back

Use a pair of needlenose pliers and open them slightly and use them to gently push the pistons back in until they are flush with the caliper body. If that doesnt work make sure they are the right pads, Hayes pads are very similar and somebody at EBC may have put the wrong ones in the package. I have always used the Kool-Stop replacements and have had good luck with them.
 

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It was indeed that the pistons had not been pushed back far enough. I guess I was too gentle with the screwdriver before removing the old pads. Job is done now. There's some significant rubbing on the retention spring (must've bent it trying to get the "pad sandwich" inserted into the caliper) but no rubbing on the pads and the brakes are working fine otherwise. Thx,
- Joe
 
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