Installing Triumph rear brake shoes 1945-1974 drum brakes.

Triumph rear brakes as used on most models from 1945 to 1974. Rear drum inner diameter is 7 inches. Lining thickness is .177-.187 inches. Brake drums came with machined on teeth in 47 tooth (37-0951) and 43 tooth versions (37-1276) or with bolt on sprocket (37-1498 CEI bolts or 37-3585 UNF bolts, sprocket 37-1499 47 tooth).

 Identifying components.

Triumph used a 7 inch rear drum brake with cast iron drum basically unchanged for 30 years. However the shoes did change in 1963. 1945-62 rear shoes were identical and had a half moon relief to rest on the stationary pin opposite the brake cam. The part number for these shoes was W93 and were not directional. These are superseded by 37-1406 and 37-1407 directional shoes that are direct replacements and fully interchangeable. The old condition W93 are no longer available and should be replaced with the later style due to the greatly increased braking achieved with the new style shoes.

Left: Old style W93 shoe with cut out for brake pin. Right:Upgraded full floating brake shoe

Removing brake shoes

To remove the old shoes lift up on one shoe as illustrated. Do not try to pry the springs off as this usually results in broken parts and injured fingers! Take the opportunity to dismantle and clean the brake cam. These have a drilling to facilitate greasing the pivot that often gets plugged with old grease. This should be cleaned out and a very small amount of high temperature grease applied to the shaft


Correct method of removing old shoes.

Do not try using a screwdriver to pry the spring off!

Example of hole for lubrication, take the chance to clean while doing brake maintenance.

Reassemble the brake


As shown in the diagram with the wide gap on the shoe facing the toward the direction of wheel rotation. This is critical to proper brake operation. The steel end of the shoe rests on the stationary pin and the bare aluminum flat rests on the rotating brake cam. Do not try to lever the springs on but rather lower the shoes to spread the springs as illustrated. It is good practice to replace the springs with the shoes (37-0135)



When reassembling the backing plate to the brake drum apply the brake while tightening the axle nut to centralize the backing plate to the drum. When the shoes are in good condition and the drum is within specification the brake lever should operate in the range illustrated.

It may take some miles to work in the new shoes to the drum so be careful for the first few uses until the shoes have seated.