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I wonder how many persons have not registered there is a right and wrong way to put the litle shoe steady pins back into the rear brake system. I am one of them. Whereby I try and put the parts down on a tray in such a way, that when I put them back it is going to be correct.

Repair Operation Manual. Brakes 70.40.03 Para 14

Quote "Note that the open end of the springs should lead in the direction of wheel rotation."

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I guess you mean item 45 here  https://www.moss-europe.co.uk/shop-by-model/triumph/tr5-6/brake-system/rear-brakes/rear-drum-brakes-tr5-6-1967-76.html

Didnt know it made a difference.

Mine are little round dished washers, doesnt matter which way these go.


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 Yes thats it. The U type spring which is compressed. Stan part number 508818

God knows why they are direction sensitive.

Not the little lock washer that came later. My other Triumph has those. A normal spring which is compressed and a lock washer.

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When the brakes are applied the shoes will initially try to move ever so slightly in the direction of rotation. If the open end of the clip was facing in the other direction there’s a small chance that any small movement of the shoes would dislocate the clip. 

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