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post #1 of 9 Old 06-23-2016, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Brake Pad Rec

Good evening,

Going for my first pad swap. Since I moved to Mississippi, I've done about 95% ON road riding and a lot of it.

Any recommendations on brake pads?

Thank you.
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post #2 of 9 Old 06-24-2016, 05:28 AM
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Galfer Green: Easy on disk; stop smoothly; wear quicker.
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post #3 of 9 Old 06-24-2016, 12:10 PM Thread Starter
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I've looked on a few bike store websites but can't seem to find where to purchase them.
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post #4 of 9 Old 06-24-2016, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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Disregard, I guess going to galferusa would work...lol duh
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post #5 of 9 Old 06-25-2016, 05:52 AM
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I think some of the big houses (e.g., Rocky, etc.) carry Galfer products. My Kawasaki dealer ordered the pads for me . . . as well as a Galfer 320 mm (oversize) front brake disk and steel-braided front brake line.

I first used OEM pads, but . . . comparing my brake disk to my riding partner's (he has a 320 mm disk also), mine was engraved considerably more; he used Galfer Green pads. So do I, now.
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post #6 of 9 Old 07-20-2016, 06:34 PM Thread Starter
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So I'm a big procrastinator. I haven't done the pad swap yet, but I've still be researching. It seems the green pads are a favorite, but I'm also gathering that they wear quicker. How about the pads offered from this Eagle Mike guy that everyone likes? The FA228HH EBCs.

I don't know, maybe I'm over thinking the brake pads.
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post #7 of 9 Old 07-21-2016, 10:28 AM
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I don't know, maybe I'm over thinking the brake pads.
Probably; I've never noticed much difference between pads......and if you did (meaning the pad material is much more abrasive) you'd wear the rotor out quicker. Me; I use stock or EBC's and make sure the rotor is clean and pads clean, uncontaminated and un-glazed. Bed new pads properly and go.

YMMV,

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post #8 of 9 Old 07-22-2016, 02:17 PM
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I use the softest EBC's.
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Pads are cheaper than rotors. Softer compounds grab better too.

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post #9 of 9 Old 10-04-2016, 07:27 PM
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Galfer Greens, can't go wrong

Hello Natural Born KLRs. So glad I found this blog; allow me to chime in on the Galfer green pads. My 1998 KLR has 28K miles and three sets of wheels that I swap as needed. One set with knobbies, one with 50/50, and one with street tires: Conti TA2’s on 19”/17” wide Excel rims. The stock front rotor worked fine in the dirt but was weak on asphalt. So I mounted a 320m EBC rotor to the 19” rim, only to be disappointed. Power was marginally better and steering felt noticeably heavier—though it only took a few corners to adapt. And the lever still felt spongy, as if the plumbing was flexing. So I added Stainless steel lines and surprise! Much better. No doubt the best bang for the buck, though the lever was still not as firm as I wanted. That left the caliper and master cylinder. The single-piston caliper seemed rigid enough so I replaced the Master Cylinder with a radial unit by Accossato. That did it; strong with good feel and I am in brake heaven. Expensive but worth it for a fussy braker. As for pads, the hard compounds all scored the rotors so I use Galfer greens exclusively. Good feel and power but short on wear. My college age daughter rode my KLR to her summer job and when she returned it, there was a metallic noise at the front. I can now say with certainty that Galfer Green front pads will go 6532 miles before they are down to the backing plate. Amazingly, the EBC rotor escaped unscathed. Even the Galfer backing plate is soft! Fortunately, changing pads is easy. Half hour, max. Hope that helps.
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