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    Just changed out the rear pads on my Dyna(2000). Easy enough job,(I do have the 12pt socket).

    The question I have is about premature rear brake wear. Last Aug 7, replaced the rear pads and rotors. The pads only lasted about 3500 miles.

    Same pads as the previous time(EBC sintered organic pads) which ran about 18,000 miles.

    There appears to be no brake drag, no "blue spots" on the rotor. The brakes felt fine.

    Would pads wear quicker with a new rotor?

    Just lookin' for some ideas.

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    Did you change the front one's at the same time? Front normally take the brunt of it first... You think maybe a rear brake bad habit not using the front as much?
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    • #3
      New pads will wear much quicker with a new rotor, as they attempt to wear down the new rotor surface to match the angles of the rotor/caliper setup...once the rotor is "seasoned", this effect should slow down...

      Rear brake "favoring" is common as well, increasing rear brake wear by nearly double that of the front...
      Front brakes should wear faster than the rear if used in proper proportion, as they represent over 70 percent of your overall stopping power. More so on performance motorcyles. Some as high as 90 percent.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by TheBoss View Post
        Did you change the front one's at the same time? Front normally take the brunt of it first... You think maybe a rear brake bad habit not using the front as much?
        or you might ride with your foot floating on the rear brake...have seen it happen...people sometimes do it without thinking of it....front brakes should do most of the work....front brake for straight line braking...rear for curves......keeps you out of trouble...
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Blackdog 15 View Post
          front brakes should do most of the work....front brake for straight line braking...rear for curves......keeps you out of trouble...
          exactly the way i use em......i hardly ever use the back brakes
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          • #6
            That rear caliper could be draggin just a bit,,not enough for blue,,,change the brake fluid out every year or two ?? no matter the miles?? live in a humid climate ??,,If not ya may have a little rust inside,,,a slight drag and the pads go tits up fast,,,just my 2 cents
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            • #7
              Originally posted by gruss View Post
              New pads will wear much quicker with a new rotor, as they attempt to wear down the new rotor surface to match the angles of the rotor/caliper setup...once the rotor is "seasoned", this effect should slow down...
              Rear brake "favoring" is common as well, increasing rear brake wear by nearly double that of the front...
              Front brakes should wear faster than the rear if used in proper proportion, as they represent over 70 percent of your overall stopping power. More so on performance motorcyles. Some as high as 90 percent.
              I was thinkin' the new rotor may help the wear a bit.

              The odd thing is, after the pad/rotor (both front and rear pads)change I put an effort in to using the fronts a lot more, go figure.

              Osco* with the in put, I'm thinig a fluid flush is in order. Oh and Blackdog, I'm a lttle short in the leg to ride with my foot on the rear lever :laughout

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