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    glowing ghostie! Array gordopolis's Avatar
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    Question Brake pads reuse

    Soooo, would it be a bad idea to take the brake pads from the front wheel and put them to use in the rear brake calipers?

    Getting new SS brake lines and pads for the front (but not the rear) is on my winter "to do list". New tires were installed at BK yesterday, and the tech noted on the work order that my front pads were at 60% and my rear at 30% (percentage of pad left I assume). So if I put new pads in the front, can I reuse the old pads in the rear?

    Could there be problems with matching of pad and rotor surfaces?

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    Usually the front and rear pads are different. They likely won't even fit.

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    I'm not telling, but Atom isn't allowed near it.
    My first naive assumption would be that your rear pads are smaller than the front and hence won't fit.

    Why not just buy new pads? They're fairly cheap.

    Jim.

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    Originally posted by Big Jim
    Why not just buy new pads? They're fairly cheap.
    Cuz so am I

    Honestly though, why would I throw out something that's still usable? But yeah, this all depends on the pads being the same size. I'll have to check.

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    Just curious, but why are you getting new pads now in the front anyways?

    It's almost guaranteed there will be different pads front and rear.
    Regardless, 30% will last a while longer anyways.

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    New pads and new lines are planned for the future, probably over the winter. New lines rank higher in importance than the new pads, and perhaps I should do just one mod at a time so I can gauge the benefits better.

    FZ1 brakes are already very good, but I would like to try out the SS lines, and others have said the HH (?) pads are very nice too. So to be honest, there's no NEED to have this done, except to fulfill my curiosity.

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    I don't see a problem with it if they are the same size/shape pad and have the holes in the right places. You will just have to break them in until they groove-up to match the rear rotor before you will get 100% braking out of them.

    But I do think they might be different and why not just use the pads up and then put new ones on? Are you planning on doing track days with the FZ1? If so, I understand. I have stock front pads that have lots of life to them sitting at home and new (well not anymore) EBC HH pads in the bike. And you know, everyone had me really hyped about how much better the EBC's were going to be but guess what... it was a letdown.

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    Originally posted by Manic
    And you know, everyone had me really hyped about how much better the EBC's were going to be but guess what... it was a letdown.
    Have you done the SS brake lines yet, and make sure your brake fluid is up to par, then you'll notice that difference.
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    Now I'm curious what the SS & HH setup gets you that makes the brakes "better"

    Is it stopping power or control that's the issue?
    Or something else that I've missed entirely?

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    In a nutshell, SS lines will give you a more direct, powerful, and consistent feel to the brakes, and the HH pads will provide more stopping power.

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    Do a little research to make sure they pads work well on the
    street. Some hi-po types don't work well till warmed up,
    others aren't happy with rain.

    If the pads fit the back, fine. I had a bike with the same front
    and rear, and I'd do it the opposite way, since I'd wear
    the front faster than the rear.

    I also found a huge difference just from bleeding the brakes.
    I swapped the old fluid out as part of the 24k service and
    while the fluid looked clear and fine, it made a huge
    difference in power and feel. Enough to pull an unexpected
    stoppie in front of the kids

    Must have been a leetle bit of air trapped in there somewhere.
    I have no need for braided lines or hi-comp pads now.

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