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OK Guess I am going to neew new front pands on both sides.... Which ones have you guys been using and does HDL have them....
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Here is a link to HDL's brake page.

http://hondadirectlineusa.com/stores/by ... =465258445

It appears that the Honda rear brake set is almost as expensive
as the complete kit to replace all the brake pads front and rear
from Carbone-Lorraine (French Company that makes brakes
for Euro-racers).

There are also at least two other brands of replacement
brakepads that are less expensive than the Honda pads.
 
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Coyote7864 said:
Here is a link to HDL's brake page.

http://hondadirectlineusa.com/stores/by ... =465258445

It appears that the Honda rear brake set is almost as expensive
as the complete kit to replace all the brake pads front and rear
from Carbone-Lorraine (French Company that makes brakes
for Euro-racers).

There are also at least two other brands of replacement
brakepads that are less expensive than the Honda pads.
anybody using the Carbone-Lorranine pads??? I woould spend the $80 to get a complete set. Just wondered what everyone is using and what last the longest. I only have about 10K on thes fronts and they are about dead...
 

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[/quote]anybody using the Carbone-Lorranine pads??? I woould spend the $80 to get a complete set. Just wondered what everyone is using and what last the longest. I only have about 10K on thes fronts and they are about dead...[/quote]

Read the customer reviews for Carbone-Lorranine pads, noise, squealing and poor braking. I wouldn't want them on my bike.
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The Carbone-Lorraines are new to the USA.

Most folks who are installing them on their bikes have little
experience of motorcycles or mechanical repairs.

When you replace your brake pads, the old pads have worn grooves
into the brake rotors. It takes a while for the worn rotors to wear into
the new brake pads for maximum braking efficiency
and minimal noise. Professional motorcycle roadracers use
different rotors and pads than most of us and change them
more often than we do, so they are seating new pads on
new rotors more often than not.

But the facts are that the motivating factor for parts purchase for
many home mechanics is the price.

EBC sintered metallic pads work very well.
But any new pads are going to make noise on a worn rotor
until they seat into the grooves of the rotor.
I have a set of the Carbone Lorraine pads sitting in a toolbox in
my basement waiting for me to decide when my brakepads
are worn down enough to need replacement.

I am assuming that the home mechanic is not grinding his rotors
and I do not advocate that anyone start to grind their rotors
before installing new brake pads.


Whatever replacement brakepads that you purchase, you should see
grooves between pad surfaces.
Honda discovered (via lawsuits) on their 1975 model CB750s and
GL1000 motorcycles that when a bike has disk brakes front and rear
and is ridden in the rain that you need to have grooves in the brakepads
to let the water run off during the period that the brakes
are first applied. Holes drilled in the rotors also help
during this period.

I had the brake pads of my 1975 Honda GL1000 replaced for free
in 1979 or 1980 as part of a recall because of the many
accidents reported due to poor braking when riding in the rain.
The grooves in the brake pads were the cure.
 

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Thanks Coyote7864.
I assumed those installing new Carbone-Lorraines and had negative remarks about them had followed breakin procedures.

I had a brake squeal one time that drove me nuts the entire time the pads lasted. I tried grinding the sharp edge of the pads off and many other things short of greasing them. (I knew better than that) Nothing worked and I wouldn't want to go through that annoying problem again.

I have three 1978 CB750K's and I didn't know Honda bikes that old had front and rear disk brakes. I recently re-built one good brake actuator out of the three. The pads in all three did not have grooves cut in them. I wonder if there was ever a recall on the pads I have.

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I know you asked about front pads, but I noticed that my last set of rear brake pads, which were some brand of aftermarket, were only about half as thick as the Honda pads and did not last as long as the originals. I think this only applies to the rear...in any event I went back with the Honda rear pads on my last change for this reason. I don't have any more info, but you might check into thicknesses when comparing different pads.
 
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