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  • allterra

Posted February 19, 2013 - 02:23 AM


Well it has come time for new brake pads and rotors. I have a 07 wr 450. My riding is 30/70 road and trail. The trail consists of alot of deep sand and deep mud. I am looking for a operationally "good" yet relatively inexpensive setup for the front and rear. Not much of what I have looked at has any real meaning to me as for advantage or disadvantage. In short I don't know what I'm looking at or for. Please help.

  • MANIAC998

Posted February 19, 2013 - 04:39 AM


I've had the best luck with the stock pads. I've tried some of the aftermarket stuff, and while I can't remember exactly which ones I've tried, I do remember that they just didn't have the same amount of friction and would take much more effort to produce the same level of stopping power.

  • YamaLink

Posted February 19, 2013 - 07:56 AM


I've done the brake pad merry go round and always prefer oem.

  • allterra

Posted February 19, 2013 - 08:15 PM


Wow.... I am surprised to hear that OEM is actually the way to go. Thanks.

  • NB061

Posted February 19, 2013 - 08:17 PM


OEM for pads, like YamaLink said.

  • Bandit9

Posted February 19, 2013 - 08:38 PM


I've used several different brands (Braking, EBC, SBS, galfer), but always sintered pads. Can't say I have noticed much difference in performance in any of them either.

My brake pads seem to last forever on the WR.

  • allterra

Posted February 19, 2013 - 11:07 PM


I've always used OEM pads on my YZ and had to changed them once a year 3 years in a row. I replaced the pads (OEM) on the WR when I bought it last year. Now the rotors are out of spec,( front 2.15mm .084in, rear 2.94mm .115in) and I need pads. To me this seems to be way out of spec, (front 2.5mm .10in, rear 3.5mm .14in) or am I just getting taken by the book specs? I don't want to have them break and take out the calipers. Unfortunately i did not take a reading as to what they were when I bought it. There was a ridge on the top of the rotors but not as pronounced as it seems to be now. Is there a general rule for dirtbikes IE.change the pads 4-5 times then change the rotors? The only bike I have ever had to replace rotors on is my 94 HD and since they went over 100,000 mi I replaced them with the OEM rotors.

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  • MANIAC998

Posted February 20, 2013 - 04:51 AM


I've never had to replace a rotor, and I've never had one break either. I don't even know if they would break! They are extremely flexable that's for sure, as I've bent a couple out here hitting rocks.

  • diekatze450

Posted February 20, 2013 - 05:26 AM


Tried, from worse to best SBC, EBC and OEM.
OEM are far, far better pads

  • Krannie McKranface

Posted February 20, 2013 - 06:22 AM


OEM pads front and rear.
Solid discs for regular mud rides
OEM for regular rides

Braking brand Over Size front for Dual Sport, with sintered EBC pads

  • Navaho6

Posted February 20, 2013 - 06:05 PM


As Krannie suggested, go with a solid disc with sintered pads if you see a lot of mud. I don't like the squeal that sintered pads sometimes make, and I prefer the feel of carbon pads much more than sintered. If you get caught in a rain on the trail you can eat half way through a set of carbon pads very quickly so I alway's put on sintered when needed.

  • n16ht5

Posted February 21, 2013 - 09:08 AM


I've never had to replace a rotor, and I've never had one break either. I don't even know if they would break! They are extremely flexable that's for sure, as I've bent a couple out here hitting rocks.

I've broke/bent 3 rotors. I go with OEM pads and the cheapest rockymountain rotor or ebay rotor I can find.

  • LucasLeader

Posted February 21, 2013 - 01:07 PM


I bent the front rotor and replaced it with a Tusk. It was WAY cheaper than OEM. It's a little thicker than OEM which might help prevent bending it again and seems to work just as well. I still have some pulsing though. Not sure if the rotor was a little out of spec or the pads are causing it. For pads I use EBC reds and they work great and last but I have heard from a lot of people on different bikes prefer OEM pads. I would stay away from the Neutron brand pads. I put some on the rear of my DR650 and they have noticeably less bite than the EBCs or OEM.

Edited by LucasLeader, February 21, 2013 - 01:09 PM.

  • beezer

Posted February 21, 2013 - 02:41 PM


I wouldn't replace the rotors unless they were really bad.

I never liked aftermarket pads either.

You can prolly find OEM rotors on eBay for less money.


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