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Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by johngil, Mar 2, 2010.
Where did you buy those pads from?
CycleGear can get them on special order.
I'm becoming a fan of http://www.cyclebrakes.com/ They're on top of it all. They emailed me to double check my order and then called when I returned some pads I no longer wanted to let me know they were received.
JohnGil, I put Galfer green front and back. Very nice feel and a lot smoother front end braking over stock and Galfer 'black'
Found this. Looks like a decent price. Might order them from there when mine get thin.
Is it common for the rear brakes to wear off after just 5000 miles?
It certainly is possible depending on the road conditions. I've heard stories of rear brakes wearing out in less than 1000 miles when riding through rock dust or ash... Some people may accidentally drag their rear brake a bit without noticing it if they are riding in heavy boots.
Check out this thread too: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=692697
I am at 10000 miles on original pads front and rear. They are wearing at the same rate. I have 2000-3000 miles to go before replacement is necessary based on that consumption rate. I do know where to measure pad thickness.
Man, you boys are rough on brake pads. I am at 45,000 miles and have only went thru one set of pads. Looking at mine today (was last changed at 30,150 miles) I got plenty left.
I did not remove the calapers (can't speel) or the wheel when changing pads, just pulled them off, push the pucks back in with a screwdriver and put the new ones in - no big deal - maybe 5 minute tops to change all pads.
Some of us have a few more reasons to stop than others Cowboy. In my case, most of my miles are in bumper to bumper traffic, stop and go, 80 miles a day. Hard on brakes is right...and nerves. At least I'm on two wheels though!
Well dang ... had not thought about doing it that way...
Bahhhhhhhhh too easy....
So you were able to slide the new pads up in-between the rotor and the caliper and get it all lined up with the caliper still in place eh?
This is pretty easy, there's even a video on youtube by adv'er Giodog.
I ran my original pads to 24,000mi., and they were overdue for a change. So far I've taken delivery of the green Galfers for the front. It is grabby in a good way, but hard to compare to the OEM since they were so worn out. Still waiting for my rear green Galfers to come -- been riding without using the (totally worn out) rear brake for like 3 weeks now
Speaking of new Galfer pads, can anyone tell me if this looks normal? These are the green front pads.
This is how they came in the package. Seems they were planed down, since nothing sticks up, but those rough areas dip down below the level part. I didn't return them since it would have been a pain and I didn't know for sure this isn't normal. And they seem to work fine (for now).
Im just getting ready to roll over 20k on the bike and am ready to replace them. I am pretty suprised! I guess i should start to uses them more. Now tires are another story. So anybody trying green all around. I tend to be a two finger kinda guy
[ QUOTE=replicant;16181969]Speaking of new Galfer pads, can anyone tell me if this looks normal? These are the green front pads.
Mine stared out smooth and eneded up looking the same only worse after about 500 miles (including 50% off road) and they have NO stopping power. They are junk. You can have Galfer Greens... Went back to OEM.... Much much better.
This is how they came in the package. Seems they were planed down, since nothing sticks up, but those rough areas dip down below the level part. I didn't return them since it would have been a pain and I didn't know for sure this isn't normal. And they seem to work fine (for now).[/QUOTE]
I have 40,500 miles on my original BMW rear pads on my GS8 and was looking for information on replacement options. I saw Cowboy2 comment and gave it a go. Worked great. About 10 minutes total. Since the original pads worked well for my type of use I have replaced them with factory OEM. However, these do not have the wear indicator grooves that were on the original pads. Anyway thanks to Cowbow2 for his advice.
I bought the green Galfers but had not taken them out of the package until now.
Disappointingly, but rear pads look like yours, my front pads look as I would expect - no surface defects.
I'll probably go back to the OEM units unless the life and wear rate on the ROTOR are better.
No surface defects in mine, but a decidedly difference texture. Front is smooth but the rear is abrasive like sandpaper.
When I had the my last service done at 27903 they told me I would be need front brake pads before long. Today I changed the pad at 33300 I changed the pads. The old pads appear to me to have about as much left on them as the new green Galfers. Were the OEM pads thicker than the Galfers? Old OEM pad on top Galfer on bottom.
I am glad you posted that. At 21,000 my OEM look just like yours and compare the same way as to the Galfers I intendend to install. I think I will look at a new OEM pad for comparison.
Did you have a chance to compare the new OEM?