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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old Apr 4th, 2013, 7:34 am Thread Starter
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So my wear indicator finally tells me I need new pads. Indeed it's accurate....The interior pads are worn lower than the exterior, but both are pretty low.
$90 for the left set & $125 for the right set with the cable.
To save some coin, I decided to go with the OEM $125 set with the cable on the right side, but chose $39 EBC set for the left side.
I should be ok....right??
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old Apr 4th, 2013, 8:41 am
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i may be wrong but i thought only the "oem'pads have the sensors and the aftermarket one's dont and the cost of a disk keeps me using the oem's
how many mile's did you get out of the current set??

i've spent most my money on bike's boat's and broad's the rest i've wasted..
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i may be wrong but i thought only the "oem'pads have the sensors and the aftermarket one's dont and the cost of a disk keeps me using the oem's
how many mile's did you get out of the current set??
That's correct. I purchased the OEM pads for the sensor side, and aftermarket pads for the opposite side.
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post #4 of 24 (permalink) Old Apr 4th, 2013, 9:34 am
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Only thing is, I reckon you've got different compounds now either side of the disc, whether that's a big deal or not I don't know. If it stops I suppose its OK.

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Never have used OEM pads as replacements.

You don't need that sensor (its a wire that breaks a circuit). I just took the wire and taped it up and zipped tied it out of the way. I check my pads....part of my maintenance.

No need to pay BMW prices for decent pads.
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Never have used OEM pads as replacements.

You don't need that sensor (its a wire that breaks a circuit). I just took the wire and taped it up and zipped tied it out of the way. I check my pads....part of my maintenance.

No need to pay BMW prices for decent pads.
I need the sensor lol...trust me. If it weren't for the sensor I wouldn't have known I needed pads. Knowing that sensor was there was actually a huge buying point for me. I'm just really lazy/forgetful when it comes to staying on top of maintenance stuff.

My question is whether is bad to mix brands on the same wheel. I've already ordered the parts and their on their way.....
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Not in agreement of you way of decerning how you maintain....but its your choice.

As for the OEM vs after-market pads...are they made of the same type of material?
I think that would be the thing you would want.


Next stolen from a Meese reply:
Here are the EBC pads that you'll need:

Rear Pads FA438HH

Front Left Pads FA335HH

Front Right Pads FA441HH

I got mine here:
http://www.powersportsuperstore.com/...20&Search.y=14

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Mixing brake pads is absolutely a bad idea. Your pinching a few dollars at the risk of possible braking problems. Brake pads are a match set. You DON'T mix and match.
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I wouldn't mix brands.

It'd probably be OK, but I don't like to cheap out on tires or brakes. Just too much to lose there . . .

I just went with EBC's all around, and disabled the sensor wire.

If the wire hasn't worn through, you can carefully remove it from the BMW pads and stick it on the EBC pads.

But it's your call, as it's your bike . . .

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I guess i'll see about returning the EBC set and ordering the OEM for the left side. I believe the wire is indeed worn through because it sent the warning signal to the display. I do want to retain this feature as it seems to be fine on my bike. I'm just at 11777 miles, all commuting. Makes sense that the fronts have worn but the back are still fine.

I just received the pads and the BMW OEMs have vertical breaks in the surface whereas the EBCs are smooth surfaced.

Another option I guess would be to just order the EBC rights that have a cutout for the sensor and just take the new sensor off the OEM pads.....that'd net me about a $10 savings overall lol....
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