Brake pad recommendation?

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by dogsdangles, Jul 4, 2012.

  1. dogsdangles

    dogsdangles Adventurer

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    I'm sure this straightforward question is going to spawn a ton of different responses (which I welcome!): what does everyone recommend for brake pads on the 990 *with* ABS. I do highway commuting on the weekdays (ABS enabled), and logging roads on the weekends (ABS disabled). I'm fairly happy with the OEM pads to be quite honest, but am always on the lookout for something "better" (however that be defined).
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  2. booger1

    booger1 Long timer

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    I've got a 950 adv. I didn't have any luck with any brake pads exept for the stock oem ones. Yes more money, but they last alot longer and have better feel.
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    EBC EPFA series are awesome - expensive, but awesome.


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  4. Boatman

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    ^^^^^^^^

    What he said
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  5. Peanuts

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    ^^ Thats certainly the case with my EXC, OEM Brembo every time. On my Adventure which never sees wet dirt, but does see fast road use on mountain roads, Ferodo HH works well.
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    Yep. Agreed...........I do use EBC graphites on the rear. Not as good as stock.
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  7. redeye-az

    redeye-az Been here awhile

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    i just put a set of galfer green on the rear of a 10' 990A..
    we'll see.......
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  8. Gustavo.Ramos

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    Brembo brake pads. Cheaper, last almost as much as stock. Won't eat the rotors
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    i like those most, organic i think with softer compound they dont last quite as long but have a nice feel a dont eat the rotor so bad
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  10. Joe Dirt

    Joe Dirt Been here awhile

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    I just ordered a set of Vesrah pads for the front. I'll be back with impressions.....
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  11. Boatman

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    OEM pads are Brembo,,,,, they even come in a Brembo package with a KTM sticker on them.
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  12. Balsta

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    I get Toshiba brake pads when buying OEM for my SE. Excellent stuff! Is perhaps Toshiba subsupplier for Brembo?
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  13. Gustavo.Ramos

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    Didn't knew that, but i'm currently buying them at 30 euros/pair, when the stock KTM branded ones are at +50 euro/pair
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  14. Joe Dirt

    Joe Dirt Been here awhile

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    Meh. No real difference over the Galfer's I had before.
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  15. Head2Wind

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    I like the Galfer Green front and back, good initial bite, don't fade, deal with wet well, don't squeal and don't appear to wear rotor too bad, but they do go away quicker than the OEM units for sure. I have not tried the Ceramic Galfers yet, mostly because the Greens seem to work for my needs...
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  16. Katoom72

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    I got the ones from the power parts catalogue.
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  17. dogsdangles

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    I haven't found any online retailer that carries the Brembo pads for my 990A. Does anyone have any sources? I looked at the KTM spare parts catalog, and the OEM pads are Toshibas.

    As you can tell from the time between now and my original post, I was able to squeeze out a few more miles from my pads ;). I'm at about 13.5k miles (sadly, most of it commuting on asphalt), and the rear pads are finally shot. The fronts could probably go another few miles, but I'd rather replace them sooner than later.
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  18. Deepc

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    I used galfer greens on the front and galfer blacks on the rear of my 05.5 950A. I'm switching to greens on the rear because the blacks are eating through my rear rotor at a alarming rate.
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  19. Katoom72

    Katoom72 Been here awhile

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    Toshiba is the manufacturer for Brembo pads.

    Check the print on the box and the stamp in the pads ;)

    I work at a factory for plastic products. The stamp on the labels is different then the stamp on the product itself.
    The company on the label outsources the production, design and material choice to us. The same is done for all kinds of production.

    Example: My 250sx 2003 has an Italian(!) made KTM clutch basket. I always tought KTM was Austrian? :D -> outsourced but stamped with KTM.

    Another example is the KTM 690 duke. Bajaj factories build the bike with parts and materials they selected as cheap as possible but still meeting KTM standards. Also to add that 690 Dukes that come on the market outside of India are being revieuwed by KTM factory standard quality controls before they are thrown on the market.

    So to ease your mind: Quality control is always done by the standards of the outsourcing company.
    But as every kind of production, bad batches of products can occur. (same happens at our factory)
    That's why they switched from another manufacturer on the 2007 brake pads for the Superduke (HAWK -> TOSHIBA), the pads simply fell apart. (ok, that last part might not ease your mind :D)

    It all comes down to two things: Price and quality. Factories always make things 'good enough' instead of 'over-engineering' stuff. Doing the latter wil costs more but adds nothing in the end.
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