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  • Offline LarryJa   us

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    Replaced unevenly worn front brake pads today
    on: Dec 03, 2021, 05.18 am
    Dec 03, 2021, 05.18 am
    I had noticed that my front brake pads were getting a bit thin. So, i replaced them today.
    All eight removed pads varied in wear thickness. A couple were pretty thin. A couple seemed hardly worn, & the rest still had a little life left to them.
    The wear thicknesses didn't seem to have any rhyme or reason to them, in particular.
    I did change all the front brake pads, as recommended in the triumph shop manual.
    Is the varying wear thicknesses of my front brake pads typical, or this unusual?
    It is pretty curious, to me, to see them vary as much.
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    Re: Replaced unevenly worn front brake pads today
    Reply #1 on: Dec 03, 2021, 06.43 am
    Dec 03, 2021, 06.43 am
    Glad you asked that question, I too recently replaced all the front pads on my bike, also finding the same as you, assumed it was just the way thing wore out, but then remembered that the back and (some) of the front brakes are linked, can't remember which ones now, but they seem to be the one that have done most work.
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    Re: Replaced unevenly worn front brake pads today
    Reply #2 on: Dec 03, 2021, 08.55 am
    Dec 03, 2021, 08.55 am
    The Linked Brake System operates on the two lower pistons
    of the front right Caliper only.

    It woidkl be reasonable to expect the lower right pair of pads
    to wear a little more than the other six.

    If there is any great variation across the other pads then
    it could indicate that there is a little air in the brake line / caliper pot
    for the piston(s) operating on the thickest Pad(s),
    or that there is a little air in that Brake line / Caliper,
    restricting the full pressure being applied to the Pad(s).





     

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    Re: Replaced unevenly worn front brake pads today
    Reply #3 on: Dec 03, 2021, 09.26 pm
    Dec 03, 2021, 09.26 pm
    I don't think I've ever seen brake pads wear evenly on a motorcycle.

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    Re: Replaced unevenly worn front brake pads today
    Reply #4 on: Dec 04, 2021, 05.33 pm
    Dec 04, 2021, 05.33 pm
    Since the calipers are right down near the wet/gunky/dusty road, they pick up a lot of crap.
    Many people will annually disassemble the calipers to unsure the pistons are clean, pins are lubed, etc.  If all parts are moving as intended they will wear more evenly.
    But, I agree with above - they always seem to be a touch uneven.

    Even cleaning mine they stay uneven - because I rarely use the rear brake.
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    Re: Replaced unevenly worn front brake pads today
    Reply #5 on: Dec 05, 2021, 07.48 pm
    Dec 05, 2021, 07.48 pm
    *Originally Posted by smash [+]
    I don't think I've ever seen brake pads wear evenly on a motorcycle.

    Based on my experience, I'd agree with this.  LOL!
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    Re: Replaced unevenly worn front brake pads today
    Reply #6 on: Dec 07, 2021, 04.35 am
    Dec 07, 2021, 04.35 am
    Today, I realized an interesting product of my front brake pad change.
    I, finally, got the time to take my bike out & wear in those new front pads. I immediately noted that the front brakes had a load more "bite" to them with the new pads! I replace the previous pads with exact replacements the the "hh" ebc pads that the PO had already been using.
    Previously, I had been disappointed with the initial bite of the front brakes, but not any more.
    Very interesting.....
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