Brake pad suggestions

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Brake pad suggestions

Post by patbrandon1 » Sun Sep 02, 2012 9:46 pm

Anybody willing to give an opinion on a type of brake pads they like. I am replacing mine this winter, along with putting on stainless lines. I am thinking about these...Carbon Kevlar Brake Pads. The rear ones on mine would squeal sometimes, even though there was plenty of meat left. I just don't like squeal. Any input is welcome, and thanks for your time.

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Re: Brake pad suggestions

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:15 pm

You really don't want to put super-strong hard brake pads on a bike, particularly older ones, as the brake rotors are hard to find - and those that can be found are VERY expensive. Better to go with softer organic (EBC or OEM Honda) pads.

Squealing is generally not due to the pad compound so much, as the pad mounting. Make sure the hardware (caliper clips, etc.) is replaced at the same time, and lubricate all contact points with high-temperature brake grease. Be careful not to get any grease on the pad face or the rotor.

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Re: Brake pad suggestions

Post by ram11397 » Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:20 pm

I would have a squeal before i changed to EBC organic brake pads no more squeal, maybe coincidence I also cleaned everything like wingadmin said.

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Re: Brake pad suggestions

Post by BigSwede » Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:57 pm

I went with the Honda OEM pads from the dealer, they came with the clips, (don't know if aftermarket pads do). A lot more expensive than aftermarket but they work great and no squealing.

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