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    EBC vs OEM brake pads

    Hi there,

    The time has come to replace rear brake pads after 14k+ on them and I am trying to decide to go OEM or EBC organic. From your experience is there any difference ?

    Thanks,

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    this should be interesting......

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    There will be a lot of opinions as to which is better.

    I'll put this out here:

    There is a difference, just as there is with anything of differing manufacturers. An EBC HH is a metallic based pad and has more "stopping power" than a basic OEM organic pad, but it also has more drag and wear on the rotor. EBC, however, makes other pads including organic pads.

    My recommendation would be to run the pad that suits your needs. If your riding the bike primarily as it was designed to be ridden - I.E., you're not racing or doing a Baja or whatever - then buy an OEM pad and be done with it.

    If you didn't like the OEM pad, decide what you didn't like about it and pick another brand that suits your needs. If you want longer life, find a pad that promises better life (it will likely be organic as well). If you want better bite, go with something else.

    Now onto personal opinions: To me, organic pads have the best "feel" for the street. They're linear, they have a soft bite and they last a long time. That said, metallic pads like an EBC HH will have better bite as the pad gets hotter and a more progressive feel. As in, you pull the lever and there isn't much initial bite but as you clamp down on the lever it gets significantly stronger and exponentially so as you pull the lever farther.

    I run a Galfer 1370, which is a semi-metallic w/ a ceramic backing on the race track. I run OEM on the street. Personally, I don't like EBC HH pads, not one bit. There a lot of people who do. It's literally personal preference.
    Last edited by Antarius; 27th June 2016 at 20:11.

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    I don't like sintered pads, and I assume from the grinding I hear and feel when I use the front brake on mu 2013, that the OEM pads are sintered. My first chance, I'll swap them out for EBC organics.

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    Almost all OEM pads are organic. I believe these are as well.

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    With almost all my vehicles, when I need to make a repair, I go with the OEM service part whenever possible.

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    OEM's front brake pads (part: 06455-MGS-D81) is Nissin TOYO S20A HH (HH=Double Sintered)...

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    organics are available from EBC.
    for the front (DCT)
    EBC Standard Organic Brake Pads - FA388 for 12-14 Honda NC700X DCT ABS
    for std gearbox: FA196

    for the rear:
    FA174(DCT), FA140(manual)

    Parking Brake:
    SFA257/2

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    Quote Originally Posted by ste7ios View Post
    OEM's front brake pads (part: 06455-MGS-D81) is Nissin TOYO S20A HH (HH=Double Sintered)...
    Nice! Thanks for the info.

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    Another guy here who has always preferred the feel of organics and kevlar versus the sintered metal type. I can't really articulate in any hard facts or figures exactly why, though. I guess it really is a question of how many different types and compounds you go through over the course of accumulated mileage or years riding, and develop your personal likes and dislikes.

    Honestly I think the OEM formula are probably the best compromise between wear and performance, but as I've found many times, just because something is OEM does not make it the best under any and all conditions. Also, a lot of the time they are brutally expensive compared to aftermarket choices.

    I would rather go through more softer pads than wear out a brake rotor prematurely, too.
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