Which Brake Pads?


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gwjturner
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Which Brake Pads?

Post by gwjturner » Sun May 12, 2019 1:59 pm



2000SE

I'm going to be replacing both front and rear brake pads this year and my first thought is to purchase the oem pads. Then I thought it might be good to ask what experience others have had with different brands and/or materials that may perform better than the Hondaline brake pads. Any suggestions from your experiences?



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Re: Which Brake Pads?

Post by CrystalPistol » Sun May 12, 2019 3:14 pm

Having tried aftermarket several times, I always have so far ended up biting the bullet and replacing them with OEM, some even hardly worn.
Then I toss good used and like new AM pads in my parts container for a day I may need them suddenly? Better feel, good life, and no rotor bluing.
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Re: Which Brake Pads?

Post by MikeB » Sun May 12, 2019 6:39 pm

OEM is the way to go.
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Re: Which Brake Pads?

Post by SG_Jay » Sun May 12, 2019 8:00 pm

I use the OEM pads too.

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Re: Which Brake Pads?

Post by gwjturner » Mon May 13, 2019 5:32 am

Sounds like the general consensus from experience is OEM. Thanks!

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Re: Which Brake Pads?

Post by WingAdmin » Tue May 14, 2019 3:13 pm

I've tried several different aftermarket. In terms of wear length, brake dust, fade and overall stopping power, OEM has the aftermarket beat hands down.

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Re: Which Brake Pads?

Post by Mh434 » Tue May 14, 2019 3:52 pm

I'm with everyone else, with an added caveat - when I got my bike, the previous owner had installed a set of high-end, sintered metal pads on the rear brake.

A few months on, I started hearing a grinding sound coming from the rear end, particularly at very low speeds. It became loud enough that passersby would stop and stare.

When I took them off, I found they hadn't worn, at all. But my (incredibly expensive) rotor had. A LOT! It was salvageable, but only just. Another week & I'd have been spending $$$$$ on a new rotor.

Definitely - OEM, or as close as you can get.



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