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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-24-2011, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
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Opinions on Replacement Brake Pads

Time to replace the original front brake pads on the X and was curious to see what fellow X riders would recommend. Not overly impressed with the OEM pads and they didn't last too long.

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Also, does anybody know when the MMR11 website will be up?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-24-2011, 11:43 AM
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Got 36,000 out of mine oem pads.

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Wow,

I've only got 12,000 on my bike and the front brakes are gone. The backs are fine and I tend to use them the most driving around town. Must have been my 2 trips to the Ozarks and riding the X like a sportbike through the mountains!

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The other brands have the reputation of squeaking EVEN MORE than the OEM's. In the end, I stuck with originals as the price was better and they do the job. Mine lasted well into the 20's...

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I did a lot of reading on this topic and went with OEM pads. The aftermarket brands often don't have as much material on the pad and don't last as long as the oem. I'm surprised your fronts wore out that fast. Are you sure they are really worn out? Maybe they still have some stuff left on there and it just looks like their worn?

I have about 24K on my fronts right now. Had to replace the rear last year at about 16K. I do use the rear brake a lot, and I use it quite a bit during low speed driving, so I'm not surprised.

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I got 24,000 on my rear pads. Replaced them with oem pads. I believe they were about $65. My front pads are still fine with about 30,000 miles on them, but then i seldom use the brakes.
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Thanks for everyone's input. I will go back to the OEM pads. I am a little surprised that it seems like everyone is getting double the life out of their brake pads. I do tend to ride the bike really hard though and have taken 2 trips to the Ozarks with over 2,800 miles of two up, hard mountain riding. See the pics attached of my OEM front tire after the second trip and around 11,000 miles on the bike and also the bottom of my Lindby crash bars. They hit the pavement about the same time the footpegs do.

I will also double check that my brakes are working properly but they never seem to drag???

Thanks again,

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-27-2011, 07:45 PM
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Miles on brake pads will vary by large amounts of miles. We all ride a little different than the other. 1 or 2 up, riding style, weight of bike, rear vs front type of braker......... I personally hardly ever touch my rear brake, unless it's for a quick stop situation.
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