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What is this on my disc brake caliper?

I was just realigning my disc brakes on a new to me MTB which are 2011 XT. There is what almost looks like a clip but feels like a ratchet when tightening!?

Cheers in anticipation.


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  • whyamiherewhyamihere Posts: 7,562
    It's to stop the bolt loosening. You're supposed to take it off when adjusting the bolts, then put it on when they're torqued to spec.
  • s1mpless1mples Posts: 46
    Good job I asked then:-)

    Thanks I'll take another look.
  • JBAJBA Posts: 2,823
    edited August 2020
    Shimano call it a 'stop ring'.
    Spread the open ends apart slightly and you can remove it then refit it once you have retightened the bolt.
    They are usually fitted to the calliper bolts rather than the adapter bolts.
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  • reaperactualreaperactual Posts: 1,093
    edited August 2020
    Is it just me that's never seen them on adaptor bolts then?

    Trying to look closely at the pics, as far as I can make out they don't look like the prongs are 'locked' to anything and are ineffective in stopping those bolts rotating anyway.🤔
  • JBAJBA Posts: 2,823

    Is it just me that's never seen them on adaptor bolts then?

    No. As I said in my post, they are usually on the calliper bolts. However, Shimano fitting instructions do show them fitted to IS adapter bolts.



    They don't 'lock' on to anything. Rather one or both of the prongs will butt up against a surface and prevent the bolt from rotating.




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    And it all promised so so much”

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  • s1mpless1mples Posts: 46
    Thanks for the further info.
  • reaperactualreaperactual Posts: 1,093
    Lock, wrong wording, butt up, more descriptive, either way I just throw them in the bin, use thread locker and tighten the bolts to 8Nm. Never had a bolt come loose yet.
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