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66Sprite David R
Sydney, NSW, Australia   AUS
I have browsed lots of threads on the issue of assembling rear brakes, and have looked at the diagrams on

http://www.spridgetguru.com/TA0045.html which is very helpful

but am still not sure about this issue.

Is the spring end meant to pass through the hole in the hand brake lever - looks like it should, but seems it's going to be pretty hard to get it in there as the hand brake mechanism has to come thru the slot in the brake shoe. Is it just a case of brute force with pliers? Or does the spring go behind the end of the lever?

Thanks for any advice, David.

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jmac Platinum AdvertiserAdvertiser Jere McSparran
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no, it doesn't go through the hand brake mechanism hole.



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S1 Elan Kurt. Appley
Akron, Ia., USA   USA
The curved end is supposed to bear against the side of the lever to stop it rattling. There has been some misinformation out there.

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ajbowles Adrian Bowles
Westport, CT, USA   USA
This works for me - no rattles. The first time I did the brakes I struggled to make it look like one of the diagrams that has been going around, but this looks like the pic in the shop manual to me.

BTW - the paint scraper is there to start to bend the tab washer without tearing up the rubber on the sealed bearing.

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