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Old 08-10-2013, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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Brake pad check

I've had my 2011 KLR 650 since April or so, it had 7500 on it and now has 11000 plus miles on it. The breaks sometimes make noise but I've notched it up to dirty disks. I've tried to check the depth of pad left and tho' I'm new at this whole thing, could use some advice before I take it apart and change the pads. Thanks, Monken
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Old 08-10-2013, 01:04 PM
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Take a gander at this video:

You can, with a flashlight and craning your neck and holding your tongue right, see how much material is left on the pads without taking them out, but it's just so easy to remove them. Even if they are not fully worn it's not a bad idea to remove and replace them, giving the whole set up a thorough review.

By the way, I don't recommend anything other than OEM pads. The Galfers shown in the video lasted half as long as the OEM pads and ate up both of my disks in the process. Since disks are expensive, I've given up looking for non-OEM options. That's just my sample of one, you experience may vary, not a stockholder in Kawasaki nor a paid spokesperson...

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Old 08-10-2013, 01:23 PM
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Agree about the Galfers. Grippy, but not worth it.

FWIW, this is an easy, easy job. Be careful, be clean, and lean towards the side of caution. Brakes pads are cheap, but very important.

If the rotor appears at all glazed a scotchbrite pad is your friend.




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Old 08-10-2013, 04:36 PM
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By the way, I don't recommend anything other than OEM pads. The Galfers shown in the video lasted half as long as the OEM pads and ate up both of my disks in the process.
Respectfully, i'd submit: there's Galfers, and then there's Galfers!

I first installed OEM pads with my 320-mm EBC rotor, for the advantage of long life. However, when I compared the surface of my rotor with that of a riding partner with the same oversized rotor (55,000 miles on his '08), my rotor looked like an old 78 rpm phonograph record by comparison! It was GROOVY, Man!

Thus, I changed to Galfer Greens myself. The stops may be a little smoother, and the pads treat the rotor more gently. Yet, these aftermarket pads appear to wear faster than the OEM pads.

So, yer pays yer money, and yer takes yer cherce. No free lunch. I'd only point out, Galfer makes pads with a number of different friction materials, each with different characteristics.

Safe-siding? Going with OEM pads assures known stopping force and mileage, as well as fit. The Galfer Greens appear to abrade the rotor less, in my observation and experience, but wear faster.
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