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post #1 of 7 Old 09-13-2010, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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Rebuild time for rear caliper?

I just replaced a set of Galfer green pads after no more than 12,000 miles.

a. Is this typical?

b. If not, is the rear caliper rebuild-able or do I just replace it?
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If both pads are worn about the same, there is nothing wrong with the caliper. If the rear brakes wear more than the front, there is a problem is your braking habits. There is no typical mileage at which brakes wear out. Most of my mileage is long distance touring and I got about 50,000 miles on mine when I changed them well before they were totally worn out. A commuter will get much less. It's not how many miles you ride but how much you use your brakes.

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Originally Posted by iamsmiling View Post
I just replaced a set of Galfer green pads after no more than 12,000 miles.

a. Is this typical?

b. If not, is the rear caliper rebuild-able or do I just replace it?
Not unusual at all, infact that is very good for the green pad. The green pad is organic and is Galfers softest pad. They will provide for extremely little wear on the disc itself.

There should be no reason for you to rebuild or replace your caliper.

If you want to improve braking performance, especially in the wet, I highly recommend you give the EBC HH pad a try. Galfer also makes a sintered pad as well. The sintered pad does create more wear on the disc itself, infact I am on my second disc (it really wasnt too bad, just replaced because..), but I also have loads of miles, including many with the bike heavily loaded down.

The pads are a snap to replace, just ensure you clean up the sliders and make sure you pump up the lever prior to riding away.


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It's not uncommon to wear the rear brake pads first, I use the brakes, front or rear so little, I anticipate stops, roll off the throttle and downshift. cornering, with the DL engine braking, you rarely have to do more than roll off the throttle to adjust your speed

The only time I use my brakes are all is the rare occasion I approach a corner too hot, and emergency stop, or the last few feet when I roll to a stop

the rear brake gets used more often in low speed manuvering

I've also discovered that cause I ride in winter, my calipers get quite a bit of corrosion, and that if your paying somone shop rates to rebuild your caliper, its very likely that its cheaper just to buy a new one

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I replaced all my bike's OEM pads at about 28000 miles. All were worn nearly identically (wear groove barely detectable). Mostly highway, but more commuting and errands in the last year.
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30K+ on my '07 Wee that gets ridden to work 32 miles round trip 5 days a week and anywhere from 175 to 400 miles playing around on the weekends. All three brakes are in tip-top shape with about 50% pad material. Calipers are not hard to rebuild with a little experience and the right tools, but then again, so is everything else (I'm a bike tech with over 30 yrs exp). Learn to work on your own bike, you'll be glad you did. That's how I got into this fine mess.

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