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When to change brakes?

Discussion in 'Asia' started by Taelan28, Apr 20, 2012.

  1. Taelan28

    Taelan28 Thunder

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    Hey I got a 125cc Daelim Daystar. Its what I need and what I can handle.

    Im concerned about the brakes. I've ridden over 10,000km and haven't changed the brakes. When they start to go bad will they cut out quickly or will I have a few hundred km to go before I crash?

    Thanks in advance.
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  2. Taelan28

    Taelan28 Thunder

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    Wtf 54 views and no one can tell me what the warning signs are to change tbe brakes or a mileage number?
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  3. Tosh Togo

    Tosh Togo Long timer

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    There is no "mileage number" for brakes- they wear out due to use, not time.

    If your bike has a disc brake front, eyeball the thickness of both pads: there should be a thickness spec for them, and many brake pads also have a deep groove across the face of the friction material that's a wear indicator. It's common for one pad to wear much faster than the other; once either one becomes too thin they both need to be replaced together, as a set.

    Your bike's rear drum is similar, although to eyeball the thickness of the brake lining the wheel needs to come off first...it's possible that it may have a wear indicator of its' own: it's usually a little pointer on the brake-shoe actuating shaft.

    It's RTFM time for more info about how thin is too thin. :deal


    Most people just take a peek at the rear brake lining when the wheel's off for a tire, take note if & when it starts getting thin, and then replace 'em... but unless you ride like a pirate, the rear brakes normally last as long as the bike does. :D

    Unless it's due to contamination, they do not suddenly "wear out", but the warning signs of waiting way too long is the sound of metal-on-metal when the brakes are used. :cry
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