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#745508 - 12/06/11 02:58 AM Lube on brake pads  
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Looking for some informed opinions...
After a final drive lube change and a spirited ride I found that some lube got all over the rear wheel, final drive and brake pad. This is a case of the o-ring rolling upon insertion into the sensor/fill hole. After cleaning everything up, draining, measuring (25cc's of lube lost) and refilling I'm noticing that I still have very reduced rear braking power. The rear brake will hold the bike still if I'm not moving but if moving at parking lot speeds I might as well not have a rear brake.
Any informed opinions about cleaning the pads? Can I just go at them with some brake cleaner to degrease them?


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#745535 - 12/06/11 09:06 AM Re: Lube on brake pads [Re: Mr_Ed]  
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Brake cleaner may help, but in similar circumstances i have have always replaced the padsd - that way I am sure it is safe.

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#745556 - 12/06/11 01:58 PM Re: Lube on brake pads [Re: Boffin]  
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Originally Posted By: Boffin
Brake cleaner may help, but in similar circumstances i have have always replaced the padsd - that way I am sure it is safe.

Andy


Thx for the response. The other part of the story is that this was dealer error. I asked the question without mentioning that bit as I was looking for responses not effected by that bit of information. These pads have ~20K on them.... if I push them for replacements I'll likely just suggest that they simply sell me a set at cost.


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#745574 - 12/06/11 03:26 PM Re: Lube on brake pads [Re: Mr_Ed]  
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Change the pads and degrease the rotor. The ass you save may be your own. Safely stopping is what's important here. Worry about who's fault it was later.



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#745580 - 12/06/11 04:10 PM Re: Lube on brake pads [Re: Mr_Ed]  
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When cleaning the rotor, be sure to clean out the drill holes, too. All kinds of crud (oil in this case) collects there. Pipe cleaners, if you can find them, work great with brake cleaner.

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#745668 - 12/07/11 12:40 AM Re: Lube on brake pads [Re: Mr_Ed]  
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If the dealer did it, it should be on them %100. Period.


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#745926 - 12/08/11 08:45 AM Re: Lube on brake pads [Re: I812]  
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Originally Posted By: I812
If the dealer did it, it should be on them %100. Period.



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#745980 - 12/08/11 04:45 PM Re: Lube on brake pads [Re: Joe_Rocket]  
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With 20K on the pad already it should be well used anyway. Without looking back to my records, IIRC I get something in the 20s for a rear.

More to the pint is to get is gone- it is very unlikely you can satisfactorily clean a stock rear pad given the pad composition.

FWIW, I prefer the EBC HH rear pad to stock. It gives a slightly better feel and is still rotor friendly. Its also cheaper and is what my local dealer recommends and installs.


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