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I'm a 3-4 banana mechanic, having recentlyy dis-assembled my 76 FJ40 Toyota Landcruiser and rebuilt it with a 350 TBI V8, new 2.5" lift suspension, cromo axles, 4 wheel disc brakes, Krawler 37s, all by hand. It was a **** ton of work.

I was thinking there have got to be some step by step installs around here for disc brakes, derailleurs, shifters, etc. As a relative newb to MTBs I want to get after this stuff rather than keep taking my Ellsworth to the shop, instead of riding it! Just not sure where to look.

Any hints appreciated.....:D

Alex
 

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If you buy the brakes new you'll get a booklet clearly describing the set-up. Hope also have videos on their website showing the same. The best tip I can give is to follow the instructions patiently.

For other basic stuff like derailleur set-up, you may find useful the guide I posted (link) on the beginner's forum.
 

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It's not bad at all. Just follow the directions. I also recommend following the advice to center the disc in the caliper window, as opposed to using the Avid 10 second method, in which one simply squeezes the lever and then tightens. If there's a slow piston, it will never break in and the caliper will be cocked to one side. You may have slight scraping for the first couple rides, but the seals and pistons will break in and the brake will work great.
 

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It's not bad at all. Just follow the directions. I also recommend following the advice to center the disc in the caliper window, as opposed to using the Avid 10 second method, in which one simply squeezes the lever and then tightens. If there's a slow piston, it will never break in and the caliper will be cocked to one side. You may have slight scraping for the first couple rides, but the seals and pistons will break in and the brake will work great.
 

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It's not bad at all. Just follow the directions. I also recommend following the advice to center the disc in the caliper window, as opposed to using the Avid 10 second method, in which one simply squeezes the lever and then tightens. If there's a slow piston, it will never break in and the caliper will be cocked to one side. You may have slight scraping for the first couple rides, but the seals and pistons will break in and the brake will work great.
 

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Easy, particularly in view of your previous accomplishments!

Before embarking watch the hope installation videos (and enjoy the flat northern vowels).

Do as above have said - centre and fix caliper and then afterwards centre pads.
 

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Looking at the same brake for a replacement for the Juicy 7's on my 2007 stumpy expert. Chainreaction has a decent price but they indicate there is no adapter for mounting and the stumpy is not post mount. Can I use the existing mounts or will they put things off alignment?
 

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Turns out Hope USA is here in Texas, in fact they are located about 20 minutes from my inlaws' house in Conroe, TX. I'm down there all the time. I'll just pay them a visit....
 

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The online videos are very good as well. No special tools involved. Like Lakesnake says they are just like a car with the exception of rolling on the diaphragm
 

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"No special tools involved."

A T10 Torx driver/bit isn't exactly specialist, but it's not the kind of thing that everyone has in their tool box. The MC cap can't be removed without one.
 
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