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How to Buy Correct XR4Ti Rear Brake Shoes - A summary, in pictures and text of how to buy rear brake shoes for the XR4Ti without getting the incorrect parts.
Post Date: Thursday, 08 Jul 2004
Subject: How to Buy Correct XR4Ti Rear Brake Shoes
When I picked up a handful of new/remanufactured XR4Ti rear brake
shoes I checked them all to be sure that the ones I had were the
correct ones. Of course, since the items couldn't be returned,
one set of four was incorrect. Since I have heard of others
having issues with this in the past and people often discover it
when they are trying to install the parts or trying to put the
drums back on, I figured I'd compile some pictures of the brake
shoes comparing the right ones to the wrong ones.
There are a couple important differences. One, you'll notice that
on the bad set I have pictured here, the hardware isn't complete
on the shoes. The second and most common problem pictured here is
the lining thickness. Normally, there is a primary (thick) lining
and a secondary (thinner) lining. As you can see from the pictures
below, it's fairly obvious that one lining is thicker than the
Both items displayed are the same part number from the same
The incorrect set is on the left and the correct set is on the
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In the picture above, note the locking mechanism. This
mechanism is completely absent on the incorrect set on the
left, even though the rivet hole is in place. During
remanufacture this part was completely omitted.
This is the first image that shows the difference in lining
thickness on the correct set. You can also see the locking
mechanism closeup (not that there is much to see).
Even though the appearance of the lining thickness is slightly
distorted because of the lens and the proximity of the items
being photographed to the camera, you can still get the idea
that these incorrect linings are the same thickness. This
incorrect thickness will prevent you from installing the drums
over the shoes.
The composite image above shows fairly clearly the difference
between the linings. The top portion of the picture shows the
correct linings with the difference in thickness and the
bottom portion of the picture shows the incorrect linings.
Hopefully this image makes everything clear.
I'm not quite sure of the significance of this finding yet,
but you'll notice that the linings on the incorrect set (left)
cover more of the backing plate than the linings on the
correct set (right). One has to assume that the extra lining
length on the shoe, in addition to the extra lining thickness,
makes it more difficult to install the drum over the incorrect
set of shoes.
Finally, this image is simply a reminder that there is a left
hand and right hand side. Since the manufacturer tends to
screw the linings up and occasionally forgets to install the
hardware, it's worthwhile to check the shoes to be sure you
have one of each.
Hopefully this guide will prevent others from walking out of
the parts store with the wrong part.
Published by Chris Anglin.