Gregory Bender

Brake assembly - front drum brake

Moto Guzzi V700, V7 Special, Ambassador, 850 GT, 850 GT California, Eldorado, and 850 California Police models

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I took these photos while assemblying the front drum brake for my Moto Guzzi Ambassador2.

Here are the basic components.
Here are the basic components.

Photo courtesy of Gregory Bender.

You'll need flat washers and nuts for the fixed pivots.
You'll need flat washers and nuts for the fixed pivots.

Photo courtesy of Gregory Bender.

You'll need the large flat washers for the rotating pivots.
You'll need the large flat washers for the rotating pivots.

Photo courtesy of Gregory Bender.

The brake shoes are assembled in this orientation: A fixed pivot facing a rotating pivot on each end.
The brake shoes are assembled in this orientation: A fixed pivot facing a rotating pivot on each end.

Photo courtesy of Gregory Bender.

The inside of the brake plate with the large flat washers positioned where the rotating pivots will be inserted.
The inside of the brake plate with the large flat washers positioned where the rotating pivots will be inserted.

Photo courtesy of Gregory Bender.

Here is Stephen Brenton's excellent brake shoe spreader tool in place. Please note the orientation of the springs. The open ends of the springs facing down/away from the wheel hub to avoid any risk of them spreading wide and coming into contact with the rotating wheel.
Here is Stephen Brenton's excellent brake shoe spreader tool in place. Please note the orientation of the springs. The open ends of the springs facing down/away from the wheel hub to avoid any risk of them spreading wide and coming into contact with the rotating wheel.

Photo courtesy of Gregory Bender.

The pivots fit as shown. Note the large flat washers under the rotating pivot. Apply a light coating of grease both to the portion that fits between the brake shoes AND the shaft that fits through the rear brake plate.
The pivots fit as shown. Note the large flat washers under the rotating pivot. Apply a light coating of grease both to the portion that fits between the brake shoes AND the shaft that fits through the rear brake plate.

Photo courtesy of Gregory Bender.

The flat washers and nuts are secured in place on the fixed pivots.
The flat washers and nuts are secured in place on the fixed pivots.

Photo courtesy of Gregory Bender.

The correct orientation of the linkage.
The correct orientation of the linkage.

Photo courtesy of Gregory Bender.