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Annoying EBC brake pad rattle (K12RS)

'98 K1200RS, 14K miles

I changed my front pads out recently for EBC HH sintered pads, which I like and use on all my other bikes. Backed the pads with a small amount of silicone brake pad goo, as well as the pins. Went together fine, work great, life is good.

The damn things rattle. I first thought I had a loose fairing piece somewhere, but have narrowed it to the pads. If I'm on the brakes over a surface irregularity, no problem, but otherwise the pads leap about in the caliper with loud clinking sounds. They are the correct pad for the bike, and didn't seem to be an overly loose fit when I installed them. Rear pads, also EBC but installed earlier, don't make a sound, nor do the EBC HH pads on my other bikes.

I've had pads squeak, squeal, and make every other noise before, but I've never encountered pads that rattled in the calipers before. I noticed the OEM pads on my GSXR have some backing material that actually adheres to the piston (that's new to me, too). Is there anything like that anyone's aware of?

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Oct 20th, 2006, 9:49 pm
 
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If you have the old stock pads,drill out the rivit that holds the spring to the backing plate. Carefully drill the new pads in the same spot and pop rivit the springs to the new pads. No more rattle
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'98 K1200RS, 14K miles

I changed my front pads out recently for EBC HH sintered pads, which I like and use on all my other bikes. Backed the pads with a small amount of silicone brake pad goo, as well as the pins. Went together fine, work great, life is good.

The damn things rattle. I first thought I had a loose fairing piece somewhere, but have narrowed it to the pads. If I'm on the brakes over a surface irregularity, no problem, but otherwise the pads leap about in the caliper with loud clinking sounds. They are the correct pad for the bike, and didn't seem to be an overly loose fit when I installed them. Rear pads, also EBC but installed earlier, don't make a sound, nor do the EBC HH pads on my other bikes.

I've had pads squeak, squeal, and make every other noise before, but I've never encountered pads that rattled in the calipers before. I noticed the OEM pads on my GSXR have some backing material that actually adheres to the piston (that's new to me, too). Is there anything like that anyone's aware of?

KeS
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brake pad adhesive....blue or orange...local auto parts store......small amount on the backing ......good luck
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Oct 24th, 2006, 12:41 pm
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Are you absolutely sure it's the pads?

My '98 did the same, then I discovered the floating rotors were too much due to the lack of tension in the spring washers (heat cycled). I took off each rotor screw, bent the crinkle washer and all has been well.

My EBC pads seem a close fit in the calipers. Perhaps I don't clean out so much dust as I should. Check your rotors for run out as that may be causing the pads to rattle.



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I wasn't able to locate any specific brake pad adhesive, but acted on a recommendation from a service guy at a local shop and put a dab of high-temp silicone adhesive (the copper stuff for exhaust gaskets) on each pad above the piston. Worked fine - all the rattles gone immediately, and it didn't burn/melt off during a recent trackday (that's what I was afraid of).

Thanks for the suggestions/advice!

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