Can anyone tell me how to change the rear brake pads on my 2007 XLH 883. Also do you think I should use HD pads or aftermarket pads. I'm living in London, England so if anyone can recomend a stockist for aftermarket parts here in the UK I would be grateful.
I see this is your first post so hello and welcome, I'm in Kent in the UK.
You should go to the 'introduce yourself' section first and do just that. I'd strongly recommend you get some sort of manual for your bike, the Clymer is better than the Haynes IMO and the factory one is also a good idea. A parts book for your model is also recommended. You can download the factory manual and parts book which is cheaper than buying the real book and the Clymer can be got on e-bay easily. The Harley pads aren't bad but people seem to like the EBC pads, here's one place you can get them online; http://www.brakes4u.co.uk/supersearc...id=53461&won=1
If you can't wait for the manual drop me a pm and I'll send you the info you need that I've scanned in case you can't wait. If it's not been done recently, as your bike is an 07 I believe, I would also change the brake fluid. A vacuum bleeder is great for this and makes the job a piece of piddle.
All the best
Changing the pads is pretty simple but there are a few twists. I believe the Harley pads come with the same instructions that are in the service manual but don't hold me to that.
When changing the pads leave the caliper attached to the bike. When removing the bolt that hold the pads in place you want to pull them out slowly so only the inside pad falls out. Replace it and then insert a drill bit (1/8" I believe) into the hole being vacated by the bolt from behind to hold the inside pad in place while the outside pad is allowed to fall free.
If you let both pads fall out there is a clip at the top of the caliper which will also fall out. If it does it is really tough to get back in. When reading the instructions is says there will be difficulty in installing the new pads if you let both pads come out at the same time, that is why.
This is probably as confusing as heck, but once you have the instructions in front of you this should make sense. If not, put another post on the forum and someone will help.
And welcome to the forum from Philly PA from across the pond.