Brake pad inspection question

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Brake pad inspection question

Postby flw » Sun Aug 29, 2010 3:44 pm

In the Owners manual for the 1500 se '98, it refers to a step in the pad that can be seen on the brake pads to determine when its time to replace. This is for both front and back disk pads.

My bike is used and with no known history. There looks to be plenty of pad left, but do all replacement GW pads (i.e. ERC) have this "step" or only OEM Honda pads ?

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Re: Brake pad inspection question

Postby thrasherg » Mon Aug 30, 2010 2:11 pm

The step is NOT a standard feature on all brake pads. I suspect Honda might have it on some of their pads, but not all pads have it. If you look at the brake pad, you should be able to see the steel backing plate and then the friction material that touches the disk and is attatched to the steel backing plate. All that matters is the thickness of the friction material!! You must check both pads as it is very common for the 2 pads to NOT wear at the same rate. I change pads when I get down to about 4mm (three eights of an inch) thickness of friction material and that really is getting very late!!


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Re: Brake pad inspection question

Postby bigguy_362001 » Tue Nov 02, 2010 11:36 pm

I bought new pads that do not have 3/8s of material on them. 4mm is .157 roughly. that seems like a lot of pad to me.

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Re: Brake pad inspection question

Postby dingdong » Wed Nov 03, 2010 8:27 am

True, the step isn't on all pads. I just put new Vesrah pads on my 1500 (front) and they were about 6 0r 7 mm thick. Less than 3/8. The thickness of the step of the old pads was about 1.5 mm. I thought at the time that that was kind of thin. ??? I don't know if the old pads were OEM or not.


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