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October 4, 2002, 02:48 AM

How many miles do you get before you have to replace pads? I think Triumph must put some soft oem pads because on both the TBS and Sprint I feel they wore out way too soon.

On another note I got a new neighboor with a Buell. As far as Buells go it\'s nice. I believe it a lightning with sreamin eagle custom paint. I was going to go cruise around with him until I saw him with his wife riding around in shorts, t-shirt, and little brain bucket type helmets. I guess not now.


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December 27, 2002, 08:50 AM

It's going to depend on much you use them and how hard you brake. Both my VFR and SV have EBC HH sintered pads on the front, the SV now has EBC black on the rear. Both front sets of pads have at least 15,000 miles. I swapped the SV's front pads after about 3,000 miles and replaced the rear OEM pads after 17,000 miles. The SV has done a few track days and lots of stoppies. The VFR is heavy and done some stoppies as well. I don't think I've ever replaced the VFR's rear pads. I don't use the brakes every time I need to scrub a little speed, but when I do I usually brake hard.


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December 30, 2002, 07:37 AM

Yes, it's normal, as the longer as the wheel spins freely for the most part. You could possibly reduce it by cleaning the brake pistons well which would allow them to retract better. Remove calipers, remove pads, pump lever to get pistons exposed more but not to the point they pop out. Clean them with brake cleaner/WD40/very fine steel wool or a combination of, squeeze them all the back in and reassemble. The brake feel will usually end up firmer as well.

If you want we could do this during the tire changing on Saturday.


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