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Kevin E
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by Kevin E
Kevin E
Hi all,

Can anyone advise on the technique of fitting the rear brake lever and return spring on the 1966 BSA A65 Lightning with the steel brake plate.

I'm having a bit of a struggle getting the lever on to the cam square with what I think is the right amount of tension on the return spring and wondering if I'm doing things right.

I've fitted it on ok in the past but my memory of how I achieved this is long gone.

It seems such a simple thing to be having bother with and if anyone has an easy method for the job, I would appreciate the knowledge.

I've attached a photo of my rear brake, so you can see the detail of what type it is. The rear spring is not fitted in the photo and also the brake plate is not in the correct position as the torque arm is not fitted either. It would need to rotate anti-clockwise about 25 degrees to be in its correct final position.


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by Beach
[Linked Image]Kevin,

Not sure if this will help or not. Here is pic of mine not mounted yet, but don't recall any problem getting it right. Thinking I put brake arm on shaft above where it seats and move lever to correct spot with spring on and press onto splines. Bit fiddly but not too bad.
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by Gary E
Gary E
I used a flat screwdriver to snap mine on. No paint was buggered.
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by Allan G
Allan G
If you remove the brake plate from the drum, you can mount the spring loose, fit the actuating arm and then pulling the arm backwards (which will open the shoes up) then you can mount the spring stress free. Then re-assemble it into the drum.
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