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post #1 of 21 Old 10-11-2006, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
 
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A question for those running the EBC 320mm rotor and pads>

I put an EBC 320mm rotor kit on my bike about 6mo ago. I'm using the EBC FA130R pads. This combo is seems to stop with amazing power, but seems to really groove up the rotor. I know the rotor will get worn quicker with HH rated pads, but the EBC pads seem to really do a number on the rotor. Anyone else experience the same wear pattern?

-Erik
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post #2 of 21 Old 10-11-2006, 12:10 PM
 
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I think I put Galfer Pads on my 320mm rotor... I'll let you know how they wear.
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post #3 of 21 Old 10-11-2006, 02:18 PM
 
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I didn't quite like the EBC pads so i went with the Galfer Green pads front and rear. Stopping power is much better now and they don't wear the rotors like the EBC's. Braking is a little more sketchy off road though, have to be real easy on them in the loose stuff.
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post #4 of 21 Old 10-11-2006, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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Did you not like the EBC's because of the wear? or were you not impressed with the stopping power? or both. What friction rating are the Galfers you are using, G or HH or something different?

-Erik
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post #5 of 21 Old 10-11-2006, 02:46 PM
 
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I just asked for the "Green Pads" from Fred. He only carries the correct variant for the KLR.
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I just asked for the "Green Pads" from Fred. He only carries the correct variant for the KLR.
The green Galfers are organic/kevlar I think. I heard they dont stop as well, and they dont last long. I guess someone else with green Galfers will chime in. I originally asked about the EBC issue because they really scorred up the rotors...but maybe thats the point? They stop very well, and maybe the rotor wear is the negative effect. The HH compound has the most friction value (being sintered metallic). I emailed EBC directly about the condition and will post the reply. After thinking about it, its probably a normal condition (at least for that particular EBC combo rotor and pad)

Biker Scout, did you get the MB check valve?

-Erik
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post #7 of 21 Old 10-11-2006, 04:10 PM
 
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I was not aware of any negative side affect with the Green Pads. Now that I think about it, when referring to the green pads are we talking about the backing plate being green? Because I ordered both front and rear and the rear brake pads do not have the backing plate painted in green. Also, what happens if this disc gets scored beyond repair? Can we just get a new outer ring riveted on?

Yeah, I got the valve... and thank you. I have yet to put it on. When I put my new battery in I'll do it.

I can't recall the direction the suction should go however. We want air to escape but not leak in, correct?
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post #8 of 21 Old 10-11-2006, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
 
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The green Glafer pads will do no damage to rotors because of the organic/kevlar material used in them. I actually dont know what the green glafers look like, I just kinda know about the green pads because of the compound that is used. My take is organic pads burn up quick, and semi-mattalic pads or sintered pads last longer, grip better, and score rotors. Maybe I'm off on this, but I think thats how it goes.

The check valve should let air escape (push out) and seal on vaccum (let no air in). Install it the oposite of what the arrow says on the valve I gave you. ^motor^ away from motor.

-Erik
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post #9 of 21 Old 10-11-2006, 04:47 PM
 
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I found that the Glapher Black pads stop a little better than the Greens and should last longer due to their construction. While they may wear the rotor down more than the Greens they are far quieter, and so far with several miles rotor wear is non-issue even less wear than the stock pads.
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post #10 of 21 Old 10-11-2006, 04:57 PM
 
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Well, since I put on Stainless Steel Lines as well as the 320mm Rotor, I'm sure the stopping power will still throw me over the bars on my first ride compared to the stock breaks. I'll bet the green pads are going to be an improvement anyway.

Now you've got me all worried about rotor wear.
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