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Old 02-03-2010, 05:05 PM
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Hey all, today i was out lubing the chain up a little and as i was spinning the rear tire i noticed a bit of a rubbing sound from my rear brake on my rotor. (it doesnt necessarily stop my tire but it slows it down when i spin it) I know im due for some new brake pads here before this coming season will this scraping/rubbing stop once i change the pads? Is it a possibility that they are just low and rubbing against the rotor? Also I did a quick search on "F4i Brake Pads" and just "brake pads" and didnt find what I was looking for in terms of what pads I should run. What kind of pads are you guys using? I do not do track days and keep my riding on the streets I want some good pads that will do the job, STOP. Lastly, what is the life of a rotor should I change those too?
Old 02-03-2010, 05:17 PM
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typically pads just touch the rotors anyways, so if it feels fine while using and doesn't sqweek, sqwak, or scream it should be fine. Also look for uneven wear on the pads or rotors that could indicate something needs to be fixed
Old 02-03-2010, 06:13 PM
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It's normal for the pads to be against the rotor. The wheels slows down because it's going less than 1 mph - doesn't take much force to do that.

If you're not looking to do any sort of hard riding or racing, just stick with OEM pads, and break them in properly. They'll give you all the stopping power you need on the street.

Rotors should be replaced after they get down to a specific width. Find an owners manual (plenty of places to download online) and look it up.
Old 02-03-2010, 06:28 PM
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Excellent thanks guys!
Old 02-03-2010, 09:02 PM
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Normally on the pads there's a little grove, that when that is gone, it's time to replace.
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