bmw brake pads or not?

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by roadrunner18, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. roadrunner18

    roadrunner18 Adventurer

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    what's the feelings about oem pads or aftermarket for a gs? any aftermarket pads you can recommend?
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  2. rider1150gsadv

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    I just received Carbon Loraine pads from www.beemerboneyard.com and feel that they are as good (if not better) as the much more expensive OEM pads. I paid $91,= for front and rear pads including shipping. The dealer wanted $ 84,= just for the rear pads...:puke1 YMMV.
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  3. Grok

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    I intend trying the Carbone Lorraine pads from Beemerboneyard.com next time I need them.

    http://www.beemerboneyard.com/brakepads3.html

    A big part of the reason is I feel my local dealer is just a wee bit too proud of the stuff he sells.

    Aftermarket pad characteristics and quality varies. I've had fitting problems with a set of EBC's in the past, but others have no trouble. I would give them a try again. Some other folks have used Ferodo and Galfer's too.

    Try to find a thread on brake pad replacement and caliper servicing to save yourself a little grief. There may be something in the Hall of Wisdom.

    NOTE:

    I would caution against mixing brands or types front-to-back if the bike has brakes that are linked in any way, even partially. This would potentially screw up the proportioning of braking power if the brands/types had significantly different coefficients of friction.


    I also would opt for the "normal" pads versus anything labeled as "agressive" or "HH" or "HHH". The more aggressive pads are unnecessary on a GS and tend to wear rotors faster.

    Happy wrenching, and as always YMMV!
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  4. GB

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    I'm going to get the Beemboneyard's deal and get some oil filters while I'm at it.. Thanks for the link :thumb
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  5. JimVonBaden

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    Don't forget Mike salls some great wave rotors for a lot less than factory regular rotors too!:deal

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  6. Wallowa

    Wallowa Long timer

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    Hey, I too am disinclined to pony up big bucks for BMW logo but will the "Carbone Lorraine sintered metal brake pads for BMW motorcycles. " pads cause excessive rotor wear? Sintered or metal OK?

    Thanks..
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  7. Grok

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    In Carbone Lorraine terms you want the sport touring A3 style pads. You don't need their more aggressive "HH" pads on a GS.
    Other vendors may use the word "sintered" to help describe their more aggressive pads. Carbone Lorraine seems to use sintered metal in all their formulations.
    Ain't marketing wonderful?

    There seems to have been an attempt at an industry classification system with all this "HH" and "HHH" stuff. But I haven't quite figured it out yet.

    P.S. I just noticed the standard Carbone Lorraine pads seem to be color coded with a blue backing cardboard.
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  8. native

    native You got to hold on

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    Im using Galfer greens up front and blacks in the rear. Works great and the greens wont tear up your rotors, in fact it sort of polishes them.
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  9. wrxtance

    wrxtance Been here awhile

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    I bought a full set of Carbone Lorraine pads for my '02 1150 a while back. I had only run the rears at first (fronts were still OK). Better bite than stock pads. I got about 7,000 miles out of them. They did seem to eat my rotor pretty good but I think the caliper may have been hanging up a bit too, so i can't give true facts there. I now have the Carbone Lorraine fronts in with Galfer blacks in the rear (on a new Galfer rear wave rotor). Fronts are good (don't feel much different than stock) and the rears feel as good the Carbone Lorraines did. From what I can tell, the Galfers are easier on the rotors. Got the Galfers from www.cyclebrakes.com and got good service FWIW.
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  10. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    They recommended the same combination for me. Compared to the stock pads, I noticed a very slightly increased delay in the wet and better progression with more power in all conditions. Less squealing too although they can be persuaded to squeak occasionally.
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  11. DaveT

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    Be careful. Non-BMW brake pads will burn holes in your caliper pistons.
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  13. roadrunner18

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    thanks for all the input. my local bmw dealer told me that most bmw riders only use bmw pads. i guess that's not the case! i have galfer wave rotors on mine and i think i will try the galfer green and blacks. thanks!
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  14. JimVonBaden

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    In my experience that is true, once! Then we realize how damn expensive they are and move on to something more reasonable.

    I was flushing the brakes on an R1200ST last night and the guy handed me a set of rear pads to install, BMW pads from A&S for $84!:eek1

    I got my last set of rear pads, same ones as the ST, for $29. EBC from a BMW dealer.:deal

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  15. mark883

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    'nother thumbs up for beemerboneyard's carbone lorrain pads.

    Fit up just perfectly to my 1100gs front binders.

    I'll buy my rears from them when I need them.
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  16. rider1150gsadv

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    That is why I went to Beemerboneyard.. For $ 91,= I got front and rear pads. I do have to say that the OEM pads are still not too bad after 49K miles on the od(d)ometer..
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  17. rdwalker

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    +1 for beemerboneyard.

    SO far, the rear Carbone Lorraine (sp?) pads on my GS, soon the rest.

    Their filter kits are great, too. Got the oil and air filters and sparkplugs from them.
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  18. NoleDiver

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    Just stikin' with the stock pads until the warranty expires.
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  19. R1200GSRIDER

    R1200GSRIDER Been here awhile

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    +1 Beemerboneyard,

    Just put rear carbone lorraine pads on my 1200 work great.
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  20. Attico

    Attico Wrong way 'round

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    I used to run HH pads from SBC on my VTR1000f and i really liked them. I could see the benefit of running them on the GS. Rotor wear isn't really much of a factor as you tend to use less force when braking*. It also cleans the rotor better than stockers...overall better feel.

    *NOTE: this applied to street riding...track riding is a different ball o wax.
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