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My 400EX is ready for new brake pads all around, and I don't know what kind to buy. I've looked at EBC, SBS, Braking, and stock Honda pads. I want them to hold up to the punishments of agressive riding. What kind should I get?
I have only had to replace the rears on my '99 400EX. I have used EBC 3 times, stock once, and Braking twice. The best pads I have found are Braking. The EBC pads, in my opinion, wore out way too fast. I tried the sintered metal and kevlar EBC's and they just didn't last. I have had good luck with the Braking pads. They seem to last for about 500 miles a set.
I got sick of changing my rear pads every 3 rides, so the last set I put on there were EBC severe duty pads (I think...) I have been using them for over a year and they are still only half gone. I must have changed pads 4 times in one year before these. The only bad thing is they don't grab as hard when you hit the brakes. You have to push a little harder on the pedal. I don't really use the back brakes that much so I am used to it anyway. (they still wear out even if you don't use them?!)
I went through at least two sets of stock honda rear pads in only a few months. I am now using EBCs top of the line pad whatever it is...cant remember. They seem to be holding up way better as for stopping power I have stainless lines so they might make up for what Phil Moore was saying.