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need new brakes - August 17, 2009, 09:22 PM

so i've had my 08 gixxer for about a little over a year now, i have a feeling i need new brakes. im noticing that the brake lever comes back more than it used 2. now my question is should i buy my brakes off the internet or just go to a shop and buy and install it from them? also, what brand should i go with? I barely use the rear brake so that one should be fine....
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August 17, 2009, 09:54 PM

front brakes are super easy to change ... buy them anywhere you'd like. install them and have the fluid flushed with new and you should be fine. lots of folks on here can help you. i'm outside leesburg so prolly too far.


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August 17, 2009, 10:06 PM

I believe www.cyclesector.com has a special on Hel brake lines. I believe it's 20% front lines and 15% off rear which comes to like $80 for front lines which is a really good deal.

I have Galfer SS front lines,Carbone Lorraine SBK 5 pads and Motul RBF 600 brake fluid. The install is very easy, the most time consuming part is probably bleeding the brakes. I can help you if you like, I'm in Reston.

Someone else may want to weigh on this because I don't ride a GSXR but you may want to consider getting a better master cylinder as well depending on what kind of riding you plan on doing in the future/how much you want to spend. I heard the stock master cylinder is garbage.


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August 17, 2009, 10:16 PM

thanks for that info, but i just wanted to change my pads. when i was getting my bike serviced at cycles usa, they are closed btw, the mechanic said i didnt need the ss brake lines yet bc its a new bike and that expanding thing prob wont happen till 3 to 4 years(do u guys agree?). performance wise he told me i should change the rear shock bc the stock shock blows. is the master cylinder not that good either?
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August 18, 2009, 12:14 AM

Do you race the bike? If not the stock master cylinder will suit your needs just fine as will the stock shock. I would also say the same about the stock brake lines but a set of ss lines will give you a way better brake feel and that is a plus on the street as well as the track. The ss lines do not expand but stock lines ( if not ss ) will expand no matter the age. It may get worse as the bike gets older but it will always be present from day one and if you can afford it buy the brakes at a local shop cause trust me this day and age we need all the support we can get and if we don't get it now then it may come a day when you have to buy your bike online because all the shops are gone.
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August 18, 2009, 12:27 AM

If you're going to upgrade the pads you might as well upgrade to SS lines also, especially if you're getting a mushy feel from the brake lever. You'll get a noticeably better braking feel from upgrading both as opposed to just upgrading the pads.

All in all doing both the lines and pads is one of the best bangs for your buck IMO. I think I payed about $160 for the whole thing.


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August 18, 2009, 09:08 AM

160 doesn't sound bad. Where did u get ur brakes done? Oh and I dnt race th bike, but prob will next season
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August 18, 2009, 09:24 AM

I wouldnt worry bout the shock, not for a long time.

I suggest you price out the brake pads online. Galfer, Ferodo, EBC, Vesrah, etc any of those brands will do you well.

If you are handy with a wrench and have the stands I recommend changing the pads yourself. Do you have a manual? New fluid is also a must.


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Yo Leo, send me a pm or send me a message on aim. Brakes are easy to do
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August 18, 2009, 11:18 AM

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Do you race the bike? If not the stock master cylinder will suit your needs just fine as will the stock shock. I would also say the same about the stock brake lines but a set of ss lines will give you a way better brake feel and that is a plus on the street as well as the track.
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Actually, I have an 04 636 that I race which still has stock brake lines, and they still work great, but the pads are Ferodo's race compound, and they really bite for me.

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if you can afford it buy the brakes at a local shop cause trust me this day and age we need all the support we can get and if we don't get it now then it may come a day when you have to buy your bike online because all the shops are gone.
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160 doesn't sound bad. Where did u get ur brakes done? Oh and I dnt race th bike, but prob will next season
I got the lines and pads from www.sportbiketrackgear.com and did the install my self. Make sure you put new brake fluid in also, you can get it at sportbiketrackgear.com as well. If you decide to do it yourself let me know if you need a hand.


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August 18, 2009, 12:07 PM

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Ferodo's race compound, and they really bite for me.
RnR sold me a set of the same pads for my 06' 750. Holy shit, do they bite!!!!


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August 18, 2009, 12:34 PM

Bite as in good or bite as in bad? sounds like good but ive heard people say bite to mean bad ie. "that movie bit".
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August 18, 2009, 12:38 PM

I could probably stand on the front wheel at any speed with these pads on literally

Grip like a mo' fo when you squeeze the lever.


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