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Gkup

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Brake pads
« on: November 04, 2018, 08:11:12 AM »

How often are you all replacing brake pads? I have a little over 16k on mine, and thinking about changing them this winter.
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Re: Brake pads
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2018, 08:42:47 AM »

Depends on you riding style and type of pad.  Alot of guys change pads with tires but alot of guys get 20k+.
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Re: Brake pads
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2018, 09:24:53 AM »

There are wear channels in the friction material.   Peer down on the pads and if you can see the wear channels then you are good.    When they are worn away it’s time to replace.   I prefer the OE Brembo pad sets from Harley.   
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Re: Brake pads
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2018, 09:39:06 AM »


It's not necessary to change brake pads based on time or miles.  Measure the thickness of the material remaining and change them when they reach the normal wear limit.  OR, replace them if they become contaminated with oil, brake fluid, etc.  If you do proper tire and wheel inspections along with inflation pressure checks, looking at the pads should be part of that routine inspection process.  Fortunately it's pretty easy on a bike, compared to a car or truck.

Btw, some might ask why not just go by miles and say change the pads at the xx,xxx mile service.  The answer is simple, miles have nothing to do with brake pad life.  How often and how hard you use the brakes is the relevant information.  Someone doing mostly long stretches of interstate cruising won't wear out pads at any where close to the same rate as someone doing mostly start and stop riding or performance style riding.

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Re: Brake pads
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2018, 12:12:09 PM »

I got 28,000 miles on them with still a bunch left. At 30,000 I'll change them. What are people using?
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Re: Brake pads
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2018, 12:30:41 PM »

Even though sintered pads have better bite and longer life, I still run NAO (organics) for the "feel" and to prolong the life of the rotor friction surfaces.
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Re: Brake pads
« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2018, 12:32:21 PM »

I got 28,000 miles on them with still a bunch left. At 30,000 I'll change them. What are people using?

I got 23k on the front still plenty of meat on them , how ever the rear I've changed twice.  I use Gold pads by Fren,  I don't use the back as much as I used to anymore.
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Re: Brake pads
« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2018, 01:19:15 PM »

I bought a full set of organic pads from d2moto, $20 for all 3.  I've changed out the rears due to contamination, not wear, and am still running the original pads on the front.  I have 42,000 miles.  I can still see the wear channels in the pad surfaces.
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Re: Brake pads
« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2018, 05:28:34 PM »

How often are you all replacing brake pads? I have a little over 16k on mine, and thinking about changing them this winter.


On my Street Glide I got 19747 out of the rear brake pads and 27192 out of the fronts, as Phreakyz said there are wear channels so you can tell when its time, I also like the OEM pads, no noise and brake dust not to bad.
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Re: Brake pads
« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2018, 05:47:41 PM »

One of the OEM items I get from HD, since they changed the brakes over to Brembo.
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Re: Brake pads
« Reply #10 on: November 05, 2018, 04:55:23 PM »

On my last three bikes I have installed LRB pads at around 500 miles and never had to replace them again. Road all three bikes to over 30K before trading and pads looked exceptional, maybe 50% remaining on front pads & rears still looked like new.
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Re: Brake pads
« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2018, 03:13:57 PM »

I had 40,000 miles on my original brake pads and traded the bike, so not sure how long the pads would of lasted, changed the tires at 23,000 miles and was told the pads were at 50% wear. It all depends on how you ride, lot of variables, interstate, curves, downshifting, or city traffic?


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Re: Brake pads
« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2018, 10:15:24 AM »

I replaced Harley OEM front  pads at 70k and rear at 45k. I replaced  them with stock pads because they  worked  well and lasted. Original Floating Rotors are in great shape.
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Re: Brake pads
« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2018, 06:45:31 PM »

Mine front didn't last 19K.  However, I rode downtown (in ATL) every day and that is a lot of braking.  As mentioned above it depends on how to drive just like a car.   
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