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Brake Disc

Postby john.woodgate » Thu Apr 03, 2014 7:49 am



Hi Guys,

My 1988 Goldwing J is having its brakes updated with braided lines, new pads, and new fluid. Unfortunately the brake discs are just about on the limit and need to be replaced as well after 44,000 miles. Does anybody have any recommendations for replacement discs or should I just get stock Honda items again?

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John W
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Re: Brake Disc

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:25 am

john.woodgate wrote:Hi Guys,

My 1988 Goldwing J is having its brakes updated with braided lines, new pads, and new fluid. Unfortunately the brake discs are just about on the limit and need to be replaced as well after 44,000 miles. Does anybody have any recommendations for replacement discs or should I just get stock Honda items again?

Thanks

John W
Bristol, England


You have a couple of options. EBC makes aftermarket rotors: http://cyclemax.com/inc/searchresults?s ... r&n=517379

Or you have OEM. The EBC rotors are significantly cheaper. I have no experience with them, so can't speak as to their effectiveness or longevity.

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Re: Brake Disc

Postby Fatwing Chris » Thu Apr 03, 2014 5:04 pm

If you can get them I would go OEM.On the back you can use a rotor off a newer 1500 if you can get the caliper mounting bracket to go with it.88-90 were a smaller dia.
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Re: Brake Disc

Postby wingpilot08 » Thu Apr 03, 2014 7:42 pm

Wait...Not sure I understand...the bike is a 1988...with 44,000 miles...and the rotors/discs are worn down?? :shock: I have 200,000 on mine and are still within specs...
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Re: Brake Disc

Postby mikelens » Thu Apr 03, 2014 7:53 pm

john.woodgate wrote:Unfortunately the brake discs are just about on the limit and need to be replaced as well after 44,000 miles.


I find it really hard to believe that rotors could be gone with 44,000 miles. Is it possible that someone mis-measured? Mis-read the limits?
I'd double check the measurements before buying anything.

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Re: Brake Disc

Postby amsoilguy » Fri Apr 04, 2014 10:09 am

mikelens wrote:
john.woodgate wrote:Unfortunately the brake discs are just about on the limit and need to be replaced as well after 44,000 miles.


I find it really hard to believe that rotors could be gone with 44,000 miles. Is it possible that someone mis-measured? Mis-read the limits?
I'd double check the measurements before buying anything.


It's possible, I believe the original rotor quality was not good. I bought my '88 with 49,000 original miles and when I pulled the rear wheel to replace the tire and service the brakes and final drive, the rotor was significantly worn past its min. spec. and needed replaced.
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Re: Brake Disc

Postby john.woodgate » Sat Apr 05, 2014 2:18 pm

Hi guys,

Thanks for the input. My wing is now receiving much needed TLC. The discs / rotors are well shot. The previous owner did not love and cherish the bike. To make matters worse the OEM items are now discontinued. My choice is a set of discs from China for £150 for all three, or EBC items for £150 each!

I suspect I know what I will end up doing but any further comments will be welcome.

Thanks

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Re: Brake Disc

Postby Fatwing Chris » Sat Apr 05, 2014 7:26 pm

john.woodgate wrote:Hi guys,

Thanks for the input. My wing is now receiving much needed TLC. The discs / rotors are well shot. The previous owner did not love and cherish the bike. To make matters worse the OEM items are now discontinued. My choice is a set of discs from China for £150 for all three, or EBC items for £150 each!

I suspect I know what I will end up doing but any further comments will be welcome.

Thanks

I said go with the OEM because I didn't think the EBC was near the quality.You'd have to wonder about the Chinese version.
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Re: Brake Disc

Postby Fatwing Chris » Sat Apr 05, 2014 7:30 pm

Fatwing Chris wrote:
john.woodgate wrote:Hi guys,

Thanks for the input. My wing is now receiving much needed TLC. The discs / rotors are well shot. The previous owner did not love and cherish the bike. To make matters worse the OEM items are now discontinued. My choice is a set of discs from China for £150 for all three, or EBC items for £150 each!

I suspect I know what I will end up doing but any further comments will be welcome.

Thanks

I said go with the OEM because I didn't think the EBC was near the quality.You'd have to wonder about the Chinese version.

You said that the rotors are discontinued?Is that for all the 15's or just the older ones?Like I said in an earlier post the 91 - 2000 rear rotor will fit the 88-90 ,but you need to use the caliper mounting bracket off of the newer version with it.Not sure on the front though.
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Re: Brake Disc

Postby john.woodgate » Sun Apr 06, 2014 1:28 am

So far I have only been looking at 88-90 rotors which 3 different Honda sources tell me are discontinued. David Silver spares have a single front left rotor. Not seen any others offered. The Chinese rotors are very attractive on price but I have some reservations about them. EBC are at least a known make.

I will investigate further the idea of fitting the latter rotors for the front and see if I can find a calliper mounting bracket for the rear. Anybody got a good source for rotor dimensions?

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Re: Brake Disc

Postby ct1500 » Sun Apr 06, 2014 3:52 am

Chinlee parts can be some of the worst on the market but we don't have much choice anymore when price factored in.

I would use the cheap discs for the linked system (hopefully less heat generated) and beg, borrow or steal an OEM for the front brake.
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Re: Brake Disc

Postby Fatwing Chris » Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:45 am

Any bike wrecker/breakers near you that you could get a good used OEM rotors?From what I've read the OEM have a lot more stainless steel in them than that's part of the reason I said OEM.I was in the same boat last year for my 89.My rear one was dished and I found one at a bike salvage yard.When I went to pick it up it didn't look much better than mine so we measured it and it was still with-in spec.I ended up going home and measuring mine and it was still with-in spec so I left it on.


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