Best deal cost and function

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.

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.

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

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

OEM for pads, like YamaLink said.

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.

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.

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.

Tried, from worse to best SBC, EBC and OEM.

OEM are far, far better pads

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

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.

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.

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

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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