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    Which pads do you all use? OEM or aftermarket? And who has the best price on pads and Speed Bleeders?

  • #2
    From seeing this question posted many times, I'd say the vast majority of folks use only OEM honda brake pads. I have found that Partzilla can't be beat for the lowest price on OEM pads. Partzilla's Customer Service is not as good as our sponsor Cyclemax.com though, and sometimes Partzilla delivery is a little slow.

    I don't have a clue about speed bleeders....I have never used them.
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    • #3
      I use OEM.
      I tried aftermarket once. I think EBC was the brand. They were supposed to perform better, but the only thing that I noticed was more noise and dust.
      I had also heard that they wear out rotors faster, but I cannot confirm that rumor.

      I have never used speed bleeders. I have always done mine the old school way. One person working the pedal an lever, a second with a wrench on the bleeders.
      I have wondered about air getting past the threads on speed bleeders anyway.

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      • #4
        I have used EBC and OEM. I think the EBC pads might have a bit better bite (but dustier), but the OEM last longer. I prefer OEM.
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        • #5
          I too have used both...OEM and EBC. I think I lean toward the EBC, as I like their bite.

          For bleeding the brake fluid, I use a Mity-Vac, and pull the fluid through the lines, refilling the master cylinder as I do so. I have found this to work well for me. There are no bubbles to worry about, as it draws the fluid on a steady flow.

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          • #6
            I use stock OEM brake pads.
            2007 GL1800 level1
            2015 Hannigan Trike n 2009 Tailwind

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            • #7
              Is 11500 miles a decent period for front and rear pads to wear out on a 2012 model? Should I be worried about the pads wearing out so soon? I am not an aggressive rider and this is mostly city driving.

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              • bbalzer
                bbalzer commented
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                I have 2012. Replaced front pads at 22,400 miles and rear pads at 44,300 miles. I pull a trailer probably 20% of the time.

            • #8
              Originally posted by MMR View Post

              For bleeding the brake fluid, I use a Mity-Vac, and pull the fluid through the lines, refilling the master cylinder as I do so. I have found this to work well for me. There are no bubbles to worry about, as it draws the fluid on a steady flow.
              Tried a Mity-Vac before but some of the bleeders are a different size on top and the hose wouldn't seal. Asked about a fix somewhere else and nobody had an answer but many had the same problem. What did you do to get the hose to work on the smaller top bleeders
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              • #9
                My Wing is still new, so I haven't done the brakes. With that being said I have used EBC pads for the past 20 + years. I also have used Galfer lines and rotors. This was all on go fast bikes and stopping is a big deal.

                You can start your search at Cyclebrakes.com then use the web to compare prices. They have both EBC pads and speed bleeders.

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                • #10
                  Originally posted by Redwing2012 View Post
                  Is 11500 miles of city driving decent for a set of pad to wear out?
                  That seems way too soon to me.
                  I usually change mine when I do tires and that is usually around 18,000 miles. They always have quite a bit of life left in them at that point, so I say 11500 is way too soon unless you are a really aggressive rider.

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                  • #11
                    Originally posted by Badd Dadd View Post

                    Tried a Mity-Vac before but some of the bleeders are a different size on top and the hose wouldn't seal. Asked about a fix somewhere else and nobody had an answer but many had the same problem. What did you do to get the hose to work on the smaller top bleeders
                    I use the same clear plastic hose on all the bleeders and no issues, and have been doing so for years, without it leaking.. So not sure what to say.

                    Redwing2012, 11,500 miles on a set of brakes don't seem like many miles, BUT, you did say city driving so I supposed that mileage could be reasonable. I just don't know.
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                    • #12
                      I'm at 25k miles having bought the bike new and will be changing pads for the first time at 26k....I ride spiritedly....
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                      • #13
                        OEM only. Guaranteed to fit and perform as advertised.
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                        • #14
                          Another vote for OEM pads. I changed mine out at 21K and still they still had a lot of life left in them. I'll probably wait until at least 25K before I change them out again. As to bleeding the brakes, I'll be switching to speed bleeders next time around.
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                          • #15
                            Most people will lean to OEM. Not sure why but there you have it. I replaced my front brakes with EBC and have NO complaints, The originals were not worn out but a certain fork seal leaked on them and ruined them (sigh)
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                            • #16
                              I have a 2012 GW trike. Replace front brake pads at 30,000 miles still had a third left on the pads.

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                              • #17
                                Should I be worried about the pads wearing out so soon at 11500 miles on a 2012 model? I am not an aggressive rider and this is mostly city driving; no towing and one up driving in flat Houston, TX.

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                                • #18
                                  OEMs are the best for me for brake bleeders motion pro has some nice stuff Cruiseman use these in is videos
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                                  • #19
                                    Ive had good luck with OEM. For bleeding I use a Motion Pro bleeder which is like a speed bleeder you can use on all of your fittings.
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                                    • #20
                                      If you like lots of dust and squeaks, by all means use EBC. Been bit (no pun intended) on them more than once and changed them before they worn out because I could not stand them any longer.
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