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post #1 of 18 Old 10-04-2006, 07:49 AM Thread Starter
 
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Rear Brakes....talk about dismal performance

I have 13K on my 05KLR and just replaced the stock rear pads last month and they are already junk. I can not stop the bike with the rear brake only unless I really step on that pedal and it will not lock up the rear tire. I have a stainless line, bleed, rotor is in spec, clean, etc. I just can not get any bite out of the rears. Front pads still look near new and I use that 95% of the time since my rears are so poor. Ran w/out my rear for 8K miles before I put in pads last month.

Seems like all the hype on the 320mm front rotor upgrade while cool and all, there needs to be some attention in the aftermarket for the rear
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post #2 of 18 Old 10-04-2006, 07:56 AM
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I can lock the rear on my A18. I do have to push hard on the pedel, but you would expect that.
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I just replaced both front and rear pads and put on new D606's. It was quite spongy for about 100 miles on the rear but now I can drag those big knobs on the rear pretty quick. Sounds like maybe you have some contamination on the pads? I got grease everwhere when I changed mine out and cleaned up the pads and rotor with brake cleaner in a spray can with the tiny straw for concentrated aiming. Seemed to work fine.
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I just replaced both front and rear pads and put on new D606's. It was quite spongy for about 100 miles on the rear but now I can drag those big knobs on the rear pretty quick. Sounds like maybe you have some contamination on the pads? I got grease everwhere when I changed mine out and cleaned up the pads and rotor with brake cleaner in a spray can with the tiny straw for concentrated aiming. Seemed to work fine.
That'd be the general consencious that it's dirty. I cleaned the caliper with brake clean as well as the rotor. Gripped great for the first week, now it's back to junk. For $25 for pads I want them to last longer than a month. I ride too much. :lol:
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Which pads are you using now, Bones?
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Which pads are you using now, Bones?
Have to look when I get home. Got them at the stealer. Figured any brand would be better than stock. Guess not. Kills me that the front is like new still and it gets used a lot and pretty hard.
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I might suggest you try a set of Galfer Black pads on the rear. I bet you'll like 'em. They give more than enough bite for me. If you still want more, their Green or HH pads will give it but they each have a tradeoff. The Greens won't last as long and the HH will wear the rotor faster.
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Also check to make sure the rear pads are installed correctly. When I changed my tire a couple months ago I had one of the pads in a bind and had symptoms very similar to what you are describing.
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+1 for Galfer pads. I've got em one my bike and have been happy with them so far.
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post #10 of 18 Old 10-04-2006, 11:01 AM
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I had the same problem, unable to lock it up, and weak rear brake.

changed from Galfer to ???? i'll get the name. problem solved.

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