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    Brake Pads question
    on: November 13, 2021, 01:03:48 am
    November 13, 2021, 01:03:48 am
    I know nothing about changing brake pads.

    But I do think at 8600 miles my front pads look like I can get a few more thousand out of them.

    Of course I would feel better with either comment from the forum:

    A) You are correct keep riding.

    B) You are a dope change them now.

    Thanks in advance for everyone's time and help.

    Both sides.

    https://photos.s1000xr.uk/image/FYyUl

    https://photos.s1000xr.uk/image/FY1c5
    Last Edit: November 13, 2021, 01:15:23 am by Ant

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    Re: Brake Pads question
    Reply #1 on: November 13, 2021, 01:37:59 am
    November 13, 2021, 01:37:59 am
    No problem there Ant, keep riding!

    Mileage is somewhat irrelevant, if, for example, you spend all day cruising the highway not touching the brakes, they're going to last more miles than someone who does the opposite.

    You should think about changing them when the friction material gets somewhere near the bottom of the groove that you can see in the second picture. But make sure all four pads on the front there are wearing evenly. Always change all four together, and check the thickness of the discs while you're there so you can change everything together if it needs it. The minimum recommended thickness is printed on the disc.

    But for now, you're all good.

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    Re: Brake Pads question
    Reply #2 on: November 13, 2021, 01:47:20 am
    November 13, 2021, 01:47:20 am
    I appreciate your time and help!!  :002:

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    Re: Brake Pads question
    Reply #3 on: November 13, 2021, 03:10:52 am
    November 13, 2021, 03:10:52 am
    Those look almost brand new, stock pads last an insane amount of time, I changed mine at around 20k on the front, but they were done done by then.

    As Watshot said though, it's all down to how you ride. I'd do a quick clean on them though, some soapy water or brake cleaner and a toothbrush, get the pads out, work around each piston, dab of rubber grease around them and it can all go back together, goes a long way for your brakes.

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    Re: Brake Pads question
    Reply #4 on: November 13, 2021, 03:48:03 am
    November 13, 2021, 03:48:03 am
    *Originally Posted by Antares [+]
    Those look almost brand new, stock pads last an insane amount of time, I changed mine at around 20k on the front, but they were done done by then.

    As Watshot said though, it's all down to how you ride. I'd do a quick clean on them though, some soapy water or brake cleaner and a toothbrush, get the pads out, work around each piston, dab of rubber grease around them and it can all go back together, goes a long way for your brakes.

    Thanks  :002:

    Are the pads easy to take out?

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    Re: Brake Pads question
    Reply #5 on: November 13, 2021, 04:18:14 am
    November 13, 2021, 04:18:14 am
    *Originally Posted by Ant [+]
    Thanks  :002:

    Are the pads easy to take out?

    Yes very, but for cleaning it's best to remove the caliper as a whole, to remove pads all you need to do is

    Remove the safety clip (1) easily done by hand,
    Remove brake pad retaining pin (2) it's either T30 or T35 torx can't recall, just unscrew and pull it out.
    Unclip the leaf spring (3) just pull up and out, easy enough.

    After this pads slide straight out the top, reverse order for putting it back.

    When undoing the caliper it's just the 2 13mm calliper bolts that you need to remove, when removing calliper with pads still installed before fully sliding the calliper off twist it with the disk still between the pads to force the pistons apart a little bit, makes it easier to put back, but if you're gonna clean it you'll probably wanna work the pistons in and out a little bit anyway. Only do 1 calliper at a time though.


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    Re: Brake Pads question
    Reply #6 on: November 13, 2021, 05:12:53 am
    November 13, 2021, 05:12:53 am
    *Originally Posted by Antares [+]
    Yes very, but for cleaning it's best to remove the caliper as a whole, to remove pads all you need to do is

    Remove the safety clip (1) easily done by hand,
    Remove brake pad retaining pin (2) it's either T30 or T35 torx can't recall, just unscrew and pull it out.
    Unclip the leaf spring (3) just pull up and out, easy enough.

    After this pads slide straight out the top, reverse order for putting it back.

    When undoing the caliper it's just the 2 13mm calliper bolts that you need to remove, when removing calliper with pads still installed before fully sliding the calliper off twist it with the disk still between the pads to force the pistons apart a little bit, makes it easier to put back, but if you're gonna clean it you'll probably wanna work the pistons in and out a little bit anyway. Only do 1 calliper at a time though.



    Wow thanks, wasn’t expecting this! Thanks for taking the time.

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    Re: Brake Pads question
    Reply #7 on: November 13, 2021, 08:23:30 pm
    November 13, 2021, 08:23:30 pm
    I have just shy of 50k km on my original pads....and they still have plenty left. Most of my work commute is motorway though.

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    Re: Brake Pads question
    Reply #8 on: November 13, 2021, 08:34:52 pm
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    *Originally Posted by smithy [+]
    I have just shy of 50k km on my original pads....and they still have plenty left. Most of my work commute is motorway though.

    Smithy.

    Had to google to miles (I'm across the pond) That's roughly 31,000 miles  :028:

    Great lesson learned for me, now I know where to look and what to look for.

    Again thanks.

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    Re: Brake Pads question
    Reply #9 on: November 13, 2021, 08:44:30 pm
    November 13, 2021, 08:44:30 pm
    *Originally Posted by Ant [+]
    Had to google to miles (I'm across the pond) That's roughly 31,000 miles  :028:

    Great lesson learned for me, now I know where to look and what to look for.

    Again thanks.

    Don't take this for granted though, My ER6 ate a pair of EBC HH pads every 5-6000 miles on the front despite only having 2 pot axial callipers and weighing less than the XR (though not by much)

     



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