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It's time to replace the brakes on my VN800A.

After a little research I think I'm going with the EBC FA85V pads in the front and the Vesrah VB-412 shoes in the rear.

Any opinions on either of these before I purchase them?
 

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What front break disk do You have? Stock or aftermarket?
If it's stock my option would be to go for a little softer pads to prolong lifetime of beak disk in front and especially rear drum.
Hard to say how hard are these pads in real life.
 

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I'm not sure if it's the original disc or not. It looks like this:



Would it be common to change the front disc at 22k miles or less?
 

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get kawasaki part# 43082-1187 front brake pads, and kawasaki 41048-1070 rear brake shoes, don't get kevlar pads cause they don't stop the bike as good as these metal sinter kawi parts
 

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Would it be common to change the front disc at 22k miles or less?
Easily :) Depends on someones style of driving and combination of break parts used.
If the pads are too hard they will not wear off. They will eat off the break disk faster. Therefore it will be much cheaper to change pads more often than disk or even whole rear wheel which includes the drum.
I found my combination. I'm using an aftermarket TRW MST210 break disk in combination with ordinary TRW 1057STD break pads on the front. And still have factory shoes on rear.
 

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the rear pads/drum does not wear down that much, and neither does the front rotor which should last the life of the bike
 

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As I said, depends on driving style ;) When I bought my bike, mine was already at service limit at 16 thousand miles.
 

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get kawasaki part# 43082-1187 front brake pads, and kawasaki 41048-1070 rear brake shoes, don't get kevlar pads cause they don't stop the bike as good as these metal sinter kawi parts
The EBC pads are semi-sintered.
 
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