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post #1 of 17 Old 12-10-2013, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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Volar brake pads

I need to get some new brake pads and after searching around I found the cheapest by far were made by Volar. The set is like $30 for both fronts and the rear, sintered HH. Has anyone tried these and what did you think of the quality? Thanks,

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post #2 of 17 Old 12-11-2013, 01:14 AM
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Your's is the third time I recall someone asking for info on these, but no responses...has anyone tried them and lived to report about them?.......

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post #3 of 17 Old 12-11-2013, 01:23 AM
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Brake pads are like tyres, they're the only thing between you and the side of that truck that just pulled out in front of you. If you think the cheapest thing on the market is the right choice for a life-critical job, that's up to you. Personally, I figure quality control costs money and you always get, at most, what you pay for.

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post #4 of 17 Old 12-15-2013, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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For science, if nothing else!

OK, no one seems to have tried these, or at least cares to share their experiences, so I'm going to get them myself. I will post how their performance fares after using them for a bit. I'm certainly not afraid to get rid of them if they suck, not much invested anyway!
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Good luck with that.

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post #6 of 17 Old 12-15-2013, 11:26 AM
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Alas, poor landscapegoat. We hardly knew him. Requiescat in pace. :cryin:

But seriously -- be careful and let us know. I've tried cheapo brake pads on other bikes and been very disappointed. But maybe these Volar pads are different.

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post #7 of 17 Old 12-18-2013, 12:44 AM Thread Starter
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Testing inititated

So, for the good of all, I have installed the Volar pads on the front of my '07 650. After the initial brake in period of very light braking, I've tried some firmer stops and had a good response. They do have a bit of a squeak but after limited miles I have no reason not to trust them to be able to stop me. I plan to try them in a parking lot soon and really see how they grab. Also going to monitor the discs for excessive wear. I will let all know if there are any significant changes in the near future. Optimistic so far,

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post #8 of 17 Old 12-18-2013, 02:07 AM
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I had a good experience with a Volar chain I bought in a pinch. It lasted almost 12k miles until it prematurely died last week due to neglect after a series of rains. Until I let it rust it had very little stretch, never lost any o-rings, and the rollers looked great. Completely blew me away for a $55USD chain. And let me tell you, I've dumped the clutch on that thing a number of times and it took it like a champ.

That was one chain, so I don't know if that was the rule or the exception. But when I was looking for info on the chain, I could only find one real thread about them. The OP had an issue with the rollers cracking, but also stated an OEM chain he put on after did the exact same thing. Volar contacted him, and gave him a prototype chain with thicker rollers for free.

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post #9 of 17 Old 12-18-2013, 10:41 PM
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I have the volar pads on the rear of my dr650 and they have done great good initial takeup and no fade. Most of the times you get what you pay for and sometimes you actually find a good product at a incredible price

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post #10 of 17 Old 12-18-2013, 11:56 PM
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I bought two sets of rears from China last year for under $20. They are on the bike still and working fine after more than 10K km. I still have the second set in a drawer. I don't use my rear brake very much.

I put EBC on the front. I didn't want to chance the pads failing when really needed.

The quality of these rear pads appears to be excellent BTW. No idea what brand they are. The box is all in Chinese.
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