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Lightbulb Front & Rear Brake Pads at 32,000

A picture is worth 1,000 words.
In preparation for the TTD in a few weeks, I thought it prudent to change the pads, F & R.
As you can see, there wasn't much material left on the original pads.
The rears were in much better shape with about 60% left, but since I had the rear wheel off, and a set of new pads, I threw them on too.
I changed them out to the EBC H/H. We'll see what kind of life I get out of them.

First pic is the fronts; second is the rear.
New pads are for comparison.

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I believe I usually use the front brakes to stop; I am certainly not one who is afraid to use them. BUT, at 49k or so, during a tire change, my good mechanic noticed the OEM rear pads were a bit thin and replaced them. Not sure why or how they wore so much more than the front, but then I'm just the rider, so...


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@BMWGuy it appears from the pics that there is less area of pad on the EBC, especially rears. Is that the impression you got? Unless the material is slower wearing, would you guess they will wear quicker? I suppose some of the high mileage folks already know the answer to that.

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My thoughts went to how much braking force the EBC give up by not having as much coverage. An engineer may prove me wrong but I equate swept area to braking ability (assuming your caliper is the same for both pads).
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I believe I usually use the front brakes to stop; I am certainly not one who is afraid to use them. BUT, at 49k or so, during a tire change, my good mechanic noticed the OEM rear pads were a bit thin and replaced them. Not sure why or how they wore so much more than the front, but then I'm just the rider, so...

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I like the EBCs. With just shy of 92k miles, I am about to put my third set (after the OEM pads wore out) on the rear. They aren't quite ready yet, but they wouldn't make it to the end of June so I'll do them now... The front is already on its third set (replaced late last fall) of EBCs, I think... So around 30k a set seems to be about right.

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I might be wrong but those original pads look like they have plenty of material left. I'm not suggesting that installing new pads are a bad idea and being proactive is better then being reactive, but the originals look fine. Did you have any problems with stopping or was this something you wanted to do since you had the new pads and the wheels off? Personally I would have waited to get the best return of investment on my current equipment and I'm of the school of if it isn't broken, don't fix it.
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I am obviously heavy on the brakes, 6000 miles I replaced the fronts on my GTLE
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Just changed mine at 50k. Both front and rear had about 40 percent left compared to new ebc pads. Could have left them in for a while longer.

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@BMWGuy it appears from the pics that there is less area of pad on the EBC, especially rears. Is that the impression you got? Unless the material is slower wearing, would you guess they will wear quicker? I suppose some of the high mileage folks already know the answer to that.

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Yes...but I think the material is different as well. So it might be a wash.
I have used EBC pads in every motorcycle I have owned without sacrifice.

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