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Old 01-14-2013, 08:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have to replace my front pads this week. They are wayyyyyyy low.

I'm wondering ... 8,000 miles for front pads ... is that normal?

What I can tell you is that I used to use the front brake almost exclusively. I have moved to using the rear brakes a lot more.

One other thing ... I notice ... at low speeds ... the sh sh sh of the front pads touching/rubbing the front rotor. I do NOT recall if this was the case before I had the calipers chromed and rebuilt. What I'm saying is, I wonder if my calipers in the front are sticking a bit and causing my pads to wear faster than they ought to.

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Old 01-14-2013, 09:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have to replace my front pads this week. They are wayyyyyyy low.

I'm wondering ... 8,000 miles for front pads ... is that normal?

What I can tell you is that I used to use the front brake almost exclusively. I have moved to using the rear brakes a lot more.

One other thing ... I notice ... at low speeds ... the sh sh sh of the front pads touching/rubbing the front rotor. I do NOT recall if this was the case before I had the calipers chromed and rebuilt. What I'm saying is, I wonder if my calipers in the front are sticking a bit and causing my pads to wear faster than they ought to.

OK, thanks in advance for replies.
The brake pads gently rubbing the rotor is normal. If they're doing more than that, ie: slowing the bike down, then thats not normal.

How much brake pads should last is going to be highly dependent on the material they're made from, construction, and how hard you ride them. IE: stop quickly by habit, hold the rear while turning by habit, etc.

I can't give you any worthwhile comparisons between pad manufacturers, but I will say about 10k is normal for me with the rear pads.
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I replaced my front pads at around 10, 000 miles, but I bought the bike used with 7, 000 already on it and I don't know how hard the previous owner was on them. I hear the noise too and I have nothing chromed yet. The back makes a noise too, but it's a different pitch. Seems like I read somewhere on here that it's normal for both to do that.
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Thanks y'all. After taking out the original pads, there still plenty of meat on the pad. I guess I wasn't getting a really good look at them from the angle I thought I had a good view.

I've order new pads, already. I'll just replace these for peace of mind and to stop the minor squeaking I've been getting lately.

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I would think 8,000 miles to sound about right if you never used to apply the rear brake. I try to always use both front and rear at the same time, but I must have used the rear more because I had to replace the rear pads between 10K and 12K miles. Still haven't needed to replace the front ones.
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i GET 15/20 K,but i do mostly country riding.If you ride in the city a lot they will wear faster.You may want to try a set of EBC or better grade of pad.
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Like was said I think it's going to be dependant on how hard you are on the brakes, I have 9k on mine and I'm still good for a while. The brakes do just barely rub the rotors so all of us are going to get noise from that. If I'm cruising and coming to a stop I will use both brakes, if I am doing stop and go in traffic I just use the front brake.
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Default Pads @ 10K miles ... no noise

Red arrows indicate wear limit.

Brakes pads are designed to wear fairly evenly front and rear if used correctly . Aggressive riding can reduce pad wear by 75% or more
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Red arrows indicate wear limit.

Brakes pads are designed to wear fairly evenly front and rear if used correctly . Aggressive riding can reduce pad wear by 75% or more
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