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 Post subject: New brake pads.
PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 7:33 pm 
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Just finished installing a new set of front pads on my bike. The ones that came off were EBC pads and the new ones are generic no name Kevlar pads from d2moto.com

I went through 2 set of EBC pads before and were happy with them. However in a effort to save a couple $ is went with this new set. Pads had good thickness and I had to use a screwdriver to get them opened wide enough to seat on the disk, even with the pistons depressed.
So We'll see how long they last and what kind of stopping power I can generate. I love bedding in new brakes. :D :evil: :cycle:


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 Post subject: Re: New brake pads.
PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:43 am 
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Quick update on these pads. Broke them in this morning and went for my usual commute. They work quite well. Good stopping power and I can lock the front wheel on a really hard stop (not that i would do that on purpose). Very little brake fade, even with the pads smoking and the disk glowing.
In short I would buy them again base on stopping power. Lets see how long they last.

Qutlass.


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 Post subject: Re: New brake pads.
PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 4:16 pm 
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Disk gLowing??... Wow!

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 Post subject: Re: New brake pads.
PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:49 am 
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Duckster wrote:
Disk gLowing??... Wow!


Thinking the same thing here.

Thanks for the info Qutlass, I'm in need of new kicks soon.

-Kev

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 Post subject: Re: New brake pads.
PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 7:11 pm 
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If you really want a big difference in stopping power install a braided stainless steel/teflon core brake line. This dosen't expand like the OEM brake hose and transfers all of the power to the brake piston. You will notice a significant difference.

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 Post subject: Re: New brake pads.
PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:02 pm 
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mis4mike wrote:
If you really want a big difference in stopping power install a braided stainless steel/teflon core brake line. This doesn't expand like the OEM brake hose and transfers all of the power to the brake piston. You will notice a significant difference.


+1
Every bike I've even done that too showed a marked improvement in brake feel.
You can even get them covered in a colored plastic for looks, black looks OE, other colors for a different look.

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 Post subject: Re: New brake pads.
PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:10 pm 
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Buickguy is correct. It's not that you are really getting more braking power, its just that you are getting a much better "feel" due to the rigidity of the brake lines. With the OEM lines, you get radial swelling or an increase in diameter as you apply pressure with the lever. The elasticity of the brake lines allow the lever to travel further toward the handlebar and make the brake feel "spongy"
With stainless braided lines, the lever feels "hard" and you get very little lever movement as the force of your hand is transferred directly to the brakepads. This translates into better control of the brake application.

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 Post subject: Re: New brake pads.
PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:10 am 
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Buickguy wrote:
mis4mike wrote:
If you really want a big difference in stopping power install a braided stainless steel/teflon core brake line. This doesn't expand like the OEM brake hose and transfers all of the power to the brake piston. You will notice a significant difference.


+1
Every bike I've even done that too showed a marked improvement in brake feel.
You can even get them covered in a colored plastic for looks, black looks OE, other colors for a different look.



Who do you get them from?

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 Post subject: Re: New brake pads.
PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 5:22 am 
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I get mine locally from Auto-Cycle-Marine. Anyone can also order from them on the web. http://www.hosenow.com/

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