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What Brake pads are the best?

Hi guys,

I am getting close to replacing my rear brake pads and my fronts aren't that far behind.

I wanna hear you guys opinion on new brake pads.

what are the best quality brands?

Anyone have any suggestions for more of a stronger biting brake pads?

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EBC HH pads are the way to go. Everyone I ride with has switched to these and after last months change i know why, they've got the stop.

EBC Brakes FA174HH Disc Brake Pad Set



15-18 KAWASAKI EN650SA: EBC HH Brake Pads (Front)


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EBC HH pads are the way to go. Everyone I ride with has switched to these and after last months change i know why, they've got the stop.

EBC Brakes FA174HH Disc Brake Pad Set https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00666CJ0G..._JS4qIxUTu7saQ

15-18 KAWASAKI EN650SA: EBC HH Brake Pads (Front) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06ZY8DJC9..._8Lhadi4jRklN4

Are those both the front and back for our bike?

I have heard good things about those brakes but wasn't sure

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Hi B3hulk
Wished Iíd asked that question a year ago , brake pads needed doing looked on internet found a set front and rear for my vn900 , reasonably priced ( think it was on amazon ) within 2 weeks one of the front pads had become un bonded leaving me with no front brakes . When I got home ( without dying ) did another search for the best pads for my bike found a company called EBC brakes ordered a set , cost twice as much as the first set , changed them had no problems at all . Lesson I learned ď if your changing brake pads donít go cheap ď . Hope this helps ride safe.


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Agreed...safety items should NEVER be bought on the cheap and your brakes are the #1 safety device on any vehicle.

If you can't safely stop your vehicle you're...well...uuummm...DOOOOOOOMED!!

Don't be the cause of your own demise by pinching pennies on your brake pads!!!

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2 items you should never ever go cheap on, tires and brake pads, get the best
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@B3Hulk Yea, the first link is the rear pads, the second link is the front. Go easy on them at first, easy to be surprised by the difference and lock up if you have a non-Abs model like myself.
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Advice from a OG (Old Guy)

Stay away from sintered pads - unless you do track days.

https://ebcbrakes.com/articles/what-is-sintering-2/

Put new pads on my Vulcan 900 most local shops pushed the sintered pads - Why??

Sell more parts - sintered pads put more wear on your Rotors. - sell more parts - rotor for a bike about $300.

Organic pads are the way to go and EBC is a good brand.

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Biebs is right. HH or full sintered pads are hard on your rotors. I am trying EBC Semi-Sintered pads. I like em. Don't know about their wear rate as I have only had them on about one month. But, I would rather replace pads 10 to one over rotors.
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...sintered pads put more wear on your Rotors....
It's pretty important to include some amount of ware on your rotors otherwise they will glaze and lose braking power no matter what pads you have. The right recipe for pads is a true art form and it varies for how you use your brakes.
I'm coming up to needing pads on my bike so it's a great topic you've raised Hulk.
How many km's have you done so far to need a pad change. I've recently gone 44,000km but I'm very clutch bias and admittedly don't ride as hard as I did when the bike was new.
Have you checked your rotor thickness is still within spec too?
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