Sintered or semi-sintered on the front brake?

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Sintered or semi-sintered on the front brake?

Post by bofler »

I've been using EBC organic pads for all of my brakes since I've owned the bike. I have an '83 with linked rear and front-right, and the linked pair work pretty well. The non-linked front-left has never seemed to have much stopping power. It helps, but it's far from ideal. I've changed the rotor, bled it to death, but it has always seemed lacking. Any thoughts on trying out sintered or semi-sintered pads for that front brake? I realize these pads would likely wear out the rotor faster. That said, it seems like it's pretty easy to find used front rotors in decent condition for a low price, so might be worth it if the sintered or semi-sintered pads significantly help with stopping. And yes, I have changed the lines. They are braided stainless steel from Galfer.

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Re: Sintered or semi-sintered on the front brake?

Post by Sig45227 »

I switched to semi metallic pads, EBCs. Important difference is I un-linked my brakes last year.
Everyone says that the semimetallic or metallic pads will eat the rotors up quickly. I really can't speak to that as the bike I have doesn't have a ton of miles on it. I've always used semi-metallic pads in all of these sport bikes I've owned and never really had any rotor failures, although not putting on more than 25,000 miles on each bike you're not going to see the kind of wear a Goldwing might have over the course of its life.
I think a really good upgrade for the front brake if you leave them linked, would be a new master cylinder with a larger cylinder bore. That seems to be the key to newer systems and many of the sport bikes out there.
I'm not saying go full-blown sport bike hardware, but a different master cylinder would most definitely help with the power on that left front single rotor setup.
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