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October 25, 2005, 07:04 PM

Hi, new here and looking for some quick answers

I ride a ducati 748S with Pirelli Diablos for tires, and currently stock brake pads

1. on the track I'm used to running tire pressures in the 32-34psi range depending on weather, but what is a good base tire pressure to run down here? I've been riding at 34psi cold, but thats just what I'm used to, am I missing some performance due to non-optimal pressure choice? What should I be running?

2. my stock brake pads are almost to the point of replacement (~4-5mm of pad left), so I'd like to replace them sooner rather than later, what pads are recommended for mainly high performance street riding with a few track days a year mixed in?

I've searched the archives but "tire pressure" brings up about 8000 threads, so I apologize for starting a new topic if this has already been covered.

I know there has to be some 748 owners out there, so any experience based suggestions would be invaluable

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October 25, 2005, 07:08 PM

for the street your pressures look about right. i would run like 34 f / 36 r and then 32/34 on the track, but that is more for tire life than anything else. i'm a big fan of the vesrah rjl brake pads but have heard good things about the ferodo and carbon loraine pads also. of course just about anything is better than the stock ones or ebc hh pads.


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October 25, 2005, 07:18 PM

I ran 30 in front and 32 in the rear on a hot track day down in vir at the end of the day I actually checked the tire pressure for your same reason it had gone up to 33in front to 34 in the rear. the tire heats up quickly even on stock ones on hot days.
my favorite brake pads of all time is the ap racing sintered. the most expesive I;ve ever bought almost 60 a pair. but the best. ebc and versrah are the better pads around.
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Whats a reputable online supplier for the vesrah pads?


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Whats a reputable online supplier for the vesrah pads?
I don't know of any online places, but their east coast distributor is
Trackside Racers Supply
2847 Asheville Hwy Canton , NC 28716
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October 25, 2005, 08:12 PM

Diablos are good but depending on your skill level Corsas may be a better choice for the track.

Corsas I run 30 Front 31 rear street I run 32 Front 34 Rear on my Diablos.


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October 26, 2005, 07:23 AM

ck it out...


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October 26, 2005, 09:07 AM

Ive been looking for the Versah pads online; hard to find, www.tracksideracerssupply.com wont open for me maybe itll work for someone else though.


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