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post #1 of 9 Old 03-25-2008, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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Uneven Front Pad Wear

I'm getting really close to new pads. While checking wear today I noticed that the left caliper has less pad then the right and the inner pad on the right has more than the outer.

This seems a little strange to me. I have changed the brake line to the M/C and it hasn't ever felt right since. Could this wear patter be evidence that there is still a little air in the right caliper?
What else could cause this?

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It could be the carrier 7 sticking on the pins 11 causing the lesser and uneven wear on the right caliper. There should be a little high temp silicon grease on the pin to allow the carrier to slide on it.


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brake pads

because the calipers dont have oposing pistons , the brake pads will allways wear faster on the piston side of the caliper

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What GW said common wear for this style of brake caliper set up. Service them and keep the pins clean and lubricated will reduce this condition. Your right side caliper is binding on the pins
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How does a rider know when they are getting close to pad replacement? On a car, there is usually a "scrape plate", that makes a God-aweful sound....

How about a bike?

Also, what do folks recommend for the best replacement pads?

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How does a rider know when they are getting close to pad replacement? On a car, there is usually a "scrape plate", that makes a God-aweful sound....

How about a bike?

Also, what do folks recommend for the best replacement pads?
Take 90 seconds and undo the two bolts that hold the caliper on and have a look. It's real easy. When there's none left, it's time to replace them.

EBC HH is what I use. Seems okay.

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How does a rider know when they are getting close to pad replacement? On a car, there is usually a "scrape plate", that makes a God-aweful sound....

How about a bike?

Also, what do folks recommend for the best replacement pads?
Read the service manual and look at the pads, as for replacement pads unknown. I like the OEM's good feel and wear not quite enough for high speed or heavy load use. Something to think about if you improve the brakes for pavement use they will be too aggressive for dirt use.
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How does a rider know when they are getting close to pad replacement? On a car, there is usually a "scrape plate", that makes a God-aweful sound....

How about a bike?

Also, what do folks recommend for the best replacement pads?
I just get down and look at them. You can see the pad material on the backing plate. You might need a flashlight to see it more clearly.

I also use the EBC Double-H Sintered Pads. They grab better than my OEM pads did.

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Take 90 seconds and undo the two bolts that hold the caliper on and have a look. It's real easy. When there's none left, it's time to replace them.
Or, use a small mirror and a flashlight. Hold the mirror behind the leading edge (where where is the greatest, ie where the rotor goes through the caliper first) and shine the flashlight into it. You can see the pad material just fine.

I don't remember if it's this thread or another but the "uneven pad wear" noticed is because bargain bikes use bargain brakes. IE single side calipers that slide on pins. Only one side has pistons that push against the disk and consequently against the other shoe. Brake pad wear will always be dissimilar with this setup.
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