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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-08-2007, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
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It's time for me to replace my brake pads and I was wondering what the hot ticket in brake pads is? Any opinons will be greatly appreciated.

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I use EBC kevlar pads(the black ones) and they offer a bit less bite that the OE pads but I like them because they are very progressive. EBC offers some sintered metal (similar to the OE pads) and they should grab better if you look for something that bakes better.

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I'm confused all the pads I looked at said not to use non sintered pads on bikes originally designed for sintered pads or the other way around or both. You seem to be saying the bike originally came with sintered pads but did't put sintered pads back in. What is the reason for the non-interchangeablity? Is it because if you use sintered pads in a non sintered designed caliper it overheats the calipers?

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What I read is, if you use sintered pads on a system not designed for sintered, they will wear the rotor more.

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So are VN750's designed for sintered pads?

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I haven't needed to change brake pads yet, but on the dirtbikes, I'd just get OEM's. Never looked to see if they were sintered or not.

I don't think the Vulcan OEM ones are sintered though. Sintered pads are made more for consistant braking during extreme braking conditions and high heat, such as racing, from what I understand. That's why they'll wear a non-sintered type rotor faster, because the pads are harder.


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I do believe that sintered pads will wear the rotor faster then non sintered pads because they have metal in them that creates more friction which in turn creates more heat. That is not why I think the reason they are not recomended for use with the wrong calipers. All the pad companies reference the calipers in their warnings. Here's a quote from EBC pads " NEVER USE SINTERED BRAKE PADS IN BRAKE CALIPERS ORIGINALLY EQUIPPED WITH NON-SINTERED BRAKE PADS". I think that they are worried about brake fluid boiling and melting seals, but I don't know. My service manual doesn't say which were used originally, but I am starting to assume they are sintered because of the price of OEM replacements seem to be on par with the price of sintered replacements. Which seem to be the more expensive ones. I would like to run the best possible pads in my machine for multiple reasons. So if anyone knows the answers to these questions they would be much apprecated as are all replies.
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My service manual doesn't say which were used originally, but I am starting to assume they are sintered because of the price of OEM replacements seem to be on par with the price of sintered replacements. Which seem to be the more expensive ones.
Well, most OEM parts are known (or seem to be, IMO) to be more expensive than the same item in an aftermarket version. So I wouldn't go just by price as to determining if they are or aren't sintered.


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I wasn't. I'm still looking for something more concrete

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I just called the kawi dealer and they said they put EBC sintered pads on every thing for dirt bikes to gold wings (must be a Honda dealer also) and he did not know if the bike originally came with sintered or non-sintered pads, and he never hear of the sintered pad warning. I would still like to know any ways so if any body knows I'm still interested.

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