950 front brake squeals like a stuck pig!

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  1. bazza950

    bazza950 Adventurer

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    My 03 950 is a UK road bike, used for long distance tours heavily loaded,with occasional forays into sandy trails in Maroc. Its always had front brake squeal l and yes I have read about copper slip or shims but about to change the pads. Any you prefer?
    EBC are cheap but the service manual reckons you MUST fit Toshiba ones - huh? usual thing is that factory approved cost 3 times as much but i think scintered are a good idea:clap
    all replies appreciated
    bazza950
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  2. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest"

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    Blah, Blah, Blah. I run EBC reds. No problems. They don't last as long as that squeeling hunk of metal they call a brake pad that comes on the bike, but my bike no longer sounds like a Mac truck when it stops. :lol3
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  3. RedRupert

    RedRupert Brit in the Soviet Union

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    Squeal is vibration.

    You can use any of the following methods to stop the squeal/vibration:

    Copper-slip
    Special anti-squeal compound
    3M double-sided tape (as VW do)
    Self adhesive aluminium tape
    Silicon mastic

    Any of the above, applied to the backs of the pads will do the job, though copper-slip may not work in the most severe cases.

    I use SBS 'Sinter' pads, fitted dry, and can confirm no squeal. These pads will not cause premature disk wear. I've been using them for around 30,000 miles. Performance is as good at OE pads. Life is about 15,000 miles (my OE pads lasted 35,000 miles). Price is about £20 per disk.

    Good Luck
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  4. Sumi

    Sumi Long timer

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    +1 on copper paste on the back of the pads.. At least it solved the problem on my bike (using the OEM pads) :) ( This is what I use: http://www.motorex.com/index.cfm?oid=1158&lang=en&webtoolDbTemp=eintragDetail&eintragId=128 )
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  5. Katoom72

    Katoom72 Been here awhile

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    Mine squealed like a mad pig aswell. After i took the calipers off to have a look and clean i decided to rebuild them, including new lock pins.
    It ain't very cheap to buy 4 cilinders, the rubbers and 2 pins but it's not like i have to do it every year.

    Copper grease is the common maintenance requirement IMO.
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  6. motomal

    motomal Been here awhile

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    I had the same problem with my 950SM brakes and I found copper slip didn't work.

    I was recommended Wurth Brake Paste, about £1 a sachet which is plenty for the whole bike. It seems to be more tacky and I've had no problems since.

    Still running the original front pads at 26,000 miles, albeit on the road only!
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