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Old 09-23-2012, 05:04 AM   #1
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R90/6 front brake pads

Since purchasing my new to me 1976 R90 I have thought that the front brake performance could be better. It seems to be working fine just not what I'm used to on previous bikes. Still has the under tank master cylinder that was rebuilt per documents provided by seller. Has the single disc rotor. When I had new tires installed three weeks ago the shop said you will need new pads soon but don't have to do it right now. So my question is regarding the pads, are there specific brands and compound type that will give better brake feel/performance ?
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Old 09-23-2012, 06:56 AM   #2
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So my question is regarding the pads, are there specific brands and compound type that will give better brake feel/performance ?
I went with the EBC pads. Give Ted Porter a call, he carries EBC and Ferodo, both are good; http://www.beemershop.com/index.php . Have you removed the caliper piston and inspected the workings? Then, flush the brake system with fresh fluid!
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:13 AM   #4
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Flush the system. It's required maintenance, required by BMW, they should know.

A stainless steel type brake hose up front is an improvement. It doesn't flex as much under pressure.

Handle bar mounted MC is said to be a big improvement especially if you get a smaller diameter piston type. A little more involved improvement tho.

Properly centering the caliper on the rotor is essential. Directions are in the manual. The Ate calipers rotate on the pins. These pins must be clean and well greased. Omitting this step is not a wise idea.

I have the EBC pads. Many dealers carry them. I got mine at Bob's

There are after market rotors that are a simple bolt on but not cheap. They are a big improvement.

I think you can make them quite good, much better, but they will still not be as good as some more modern systems.
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:51 AM   #5
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Ferodo platinum ! When we raced with the ATE caliper these were head and shoulders above all the rest.
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