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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-19-2011, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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Brake Pads! Advice appreciated!

Hey All-

I've done some reading and it seems that EBC sintered Brake pads are a good brand? Does everyone agree with that? Anything you would recommend that's tried and proven for you?

Any thoughts are appreciated

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Looks like I'm gonna need new brake pads on the front soon... So I'm watching this thread too.

Are they difficult to swap out?

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Looks like I'm gonna need new brake pads on the front soon... So I'm watching this thread too.

Are they difficult to swap out?
very easy... like your cage, but much more assessable.

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Sintered pads are supposed to be really hard on your rotors. I would go with ceramic pads myself and other members have said that organic pads work just fine for them.
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Fronts are easy to change out. 2 bolts on each caliper, and they slide off.
You want to be careful and not let the calipers hang from the brake lines, get some wire and hang them from it.
You will need to push the caliper puck back into the caliper to get the new pads to clear the rotors.
There are several ways to do it. I open the bleeder screws slightly to let out the excess fluid so it don't go back into the master. Have to be careful not to let any air back into the lines.
I'm sure someone will chime in with the proper way to do it.
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I use only EBC organic pads. Sintered pads will grind up your rotors. You might want to check on the price of new rotors before using metallic pads. $270 EACH The Vulcan uses ductile iron rotors, which are not designed for metallic pads.

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I use only EBC organic pads. Sintered pads will grind up your rotors. You might want to check on the price of new rotors before using metallic pads. $270 EACH The Vulcan uses ductile iron rotors, which are not designed for metallic pads.
What are your thoughts on the ceramic pads?
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For the ignorant of us here... Can you provide a link to the organic pads you are talking about? I've no idea what I am looking for...

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No worries I'm just getting my feet wet as well... Here is the link.

http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/He...eaderYear=1994

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