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post #1 of 27 Old 04-05-2018, 06:03 AM Thread Starter
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What break pads to buy?

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I've got to change my front break pad, and I'm wondering what I should go for.

- Is there a specific (a few specific) brands better to use (or some brands to absolutely not use) ?
- I've seen that there are some basic break pads, some 'semi sint', some 'semin metallic', and some 'sintered metal pads'. What are the differences (appart the price, of course), do some last longer than other, do they break better?

Just in case. I live in New Zealand. If by any chance someone would know a good place to buy break pads from down there?

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I'm a fan of Kawasaki OEM pads. I've tried a couple of aftermarket pads and there were always issues. Either the pads wore quickly or the rotor wore quickly. They didn't seem to stop any better than the OEM pads.

For clutch plates and brake pads, I vote for OEM.
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I usually use EBC pads but that's only because my dealer stocks them rather than Kawi units; I tend to agree with Tom (funny how that happens!). As far as pad materials go, they go from soft (cheap) organics to medium semi sintered (metallic) to hard (expensive) metallic pads. The metallic pads "bite" a bit better but they also wear the rotors faster......as I prefer to change pads instead of rotors, I avoid the more aggressive friction materials. My breaking power is quite sufficient as I'm running a 320mm rotor and SV twin piston caliper so the plan is to change pads often enough to protect my $$$ EBC 320mm rotor. Honestly the few different pad materials I've tried haven't made a huge difference in braking power/distance/feel IMO.....nothing like the other brake upgrades I've done.

I believe the stock Gen1 pads are organic and the stock Gen2 pads are semi-sintered. I know the Galfer (greens) have had fitment issues requiring grinding on some bikes (mostly Gen2's?). Avoid cheapy ebay and no-name brake pads ....actually that holds true for most things! LOL

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....If you weren't on the other side of the planet, I'd give you some as I no longer use my stock Gen1 calipers and have a couple sets of new pads on the shelf!

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....If you weren't on the other side of the planet, I'd give you some as I no longer use my stock Gen1 calipers and have a couple sets of new pads on the shelf!

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Thanks guys for those informations.
I'll have a look at what OEM and EBC pads are stocked down here.

And for the type of break pads (if I go for EBC), I suppose I'll go for either organic or semi sintered.
Thanks DPelletier for the inputs, I agree with you, I'd rather change my pads twice as often then have to change the rotors...
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I know the Galfer (greens) have had fitment issues requiring grinding on some bikes (mostly Gen2's?).
I fear, in the US, Galfer Greens are now unavailable for the KLR650. I used them as, "kinder, gentler" pads regarding disk engraving.

My riding partner, who first introduced me to the Galfer Greens, now uses these:

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Haha; Let me check my spare parts bin; I MAY have donated them back to the dealer. .....anything else you need while I'm looking at spare Gen1 stuff?

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