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Rotate front brake pads?
« on: May 11, 2014, 03:58:22 am »
Ok, here is a weird question/observation
While changing the front tire today,  I noticed something strange with the front brake pads.   There are four separate pads on each caliper,  and the upper inside pad on both calipers is wearing twice as fast as the other three pads.  Not sure why this would happen,  but while the calipers were off I rotated the four pads in hopes that I can get a little more mileage out of them. 

I was curious if anyone else has noticed this? 

Some more data:
16,500 miles
I rarely use the rear brake
I do brake fairly hard riding with sport bike buddies :001:
The piston on the faster wearing pad is not frozen
The brakes work fantastic
« Last Edit: May 14, 2014, 02:24:35 pm by triucati »

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Re: Rotate front brakes pads?
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2014, 04:33:12 am »
I firmly believe we can learn something new everyday, but I've never before heard of rotating brake pads.  I'm the opposite.  For me changing brakes on anything, car or bike, is such a pain that I buy the pads ahead of time with the intent of changing pads even if it turns out they really don't need it .
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Re: Rotate front brake pads?
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2015, 06:45:01 pm »
I was told by the Triumph mechanic that the front  most pad was linked to the ABS system, so when you press the back brake it actually presses the front pad, even when you don't fully need ABS, making it wear quicker. Im about to replace my front set and am glad to hear the individual pads are interchangeable.  Cheers

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Re: Rotate front brake pads?
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2015, 08:52:59 pm »
Not to do with ABS it is just linked brakes with a pressure reducer to the front so if you press back brake lightly it only really puts the back brake on but As you increase pressure it puts more pressure on  the front as well as back.

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Re: Rotate front brake pads?
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2015, 11:12:48 pm »
I've just replaced the front set (Left and Right) as the lower right pad in the linked right calliper had <1mm left. So the lesson if you do use the linked rear brake you'll get uneven wear.

BTW in the Service Manual and as a general rule all pads are replaced if one is worn down to a level requiring replacement. Better to be safe than sorry.

IMHO I must say replacing pads on the TTSE must be easiest I've ever experienced.
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Re: Rotate front brake pads?
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2015, 04:34:48 am »
At 20K mine showed very little wear and what there was was spread evenly across all four front pads.  I always apply both brakes at the same time when stopping.

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Re: Rotate front brake pads?
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2015, 05:49:23 am »
Wow. 20k and not worn!  Mine were 75% gone at 13000 and I always thought I was easy on the brakes.
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Re: Rotate front brake pads?
« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2015, 05:49:39 am »
*Originally Posted by Travelling2bob [+]
IMHO I must say replacing pads on the TTSE must be easiest I've ever experienced.
That means you never owned a Yamaha Venture. Leave calipers in place, remove two small caliper  pins, take out old brake pads and put in new. Takes about three minutes per caliper, if even that, to change brake pads.

I will see how that compares when it is time to change my TTSE pads.

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