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In order to allow the brake pads to leave a gap large enough for the rotor during re-installation, the pistons must be pushed back into the caliper.
The pistons only need to be pushed in about 5mm. Generally the pistons can be pushed in by hand, but if not, a c-clamp can be used.
If a c-clamp is not available, you can put a screwdriver in between the brake pads and carefully pry them apart to force the pistons in.
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