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ok my rear brake pads are almost gone (started making scratchy noise) and i'm thinking about replacing both front and rear, what are the options for brake pads for ex500 2005? where about i can get them online or not bother and just go to the dealer for OEM replacementS? I've changed brakes in my cars so i dont think changing them out would be hard. any input will help!

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noone used up their brake pads in the time you had the bike? cmon help me out:) specia ltricks to make it easy painless replacement and source for replacement? or ill have to figure it out myself and take pictures so other ppl can have reference :) ?
 
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noone used up their brake pads in the time you had the bike? cmon help me out:) specia ltricks to make it easy painless replacement and source for replacement? or ill have to figure it out myself and take pictures so other ppl can have reference :) ?
My 2005 has 8400 miles on it, rear pads are good as new.... There is something wrong with your bike, or the way you use the rear break. I would think they should last many, many thousands of miles.

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AudrEEz said:
what are the options for brake pads for ex500 2005?
Organic and HH, the latter having more stopping power. Glafer makes them, EBC makes them... there's a lot of manufactures out there.
where about i can get them online
You can get pads almost ANYWHERE. MRI (ridersinc.com) is my favorite retailer, next comes superbikesupply.com. Call them up and they'll get what you need.
I've changed brakes in my cars so i don't think changing them out would be hard. any input will help!
You'll need to remove the rear wheel. after that it should be rather straight forward, since you've done brakes before.
 

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RichC10 said:
AudrEEz said:
noone used up their brake pads in the time you had the bike? cmon help me out:) specia ltricks to make it easy painless replacement and source for replacement? or ill have to figure it out myself and take pictures so other ppl can have reference :) ?
My 2005 has 8400 miles on it, rear pads are good as new.... There is something wrong with your bike, or the way you use the rear break. I would think they should last many, many thousands of miles.

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well i got 8k miles on my bike and i'm kind of big :) so i assume my brake pads would go bad faster (i'm 6'9 250lbs) i dont know i use the rear brake pretty often everytime i break i put some pressure on it, most of course in front
 

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AudrEEz said:
what are the options for brake pads for ex500 2005?
Organic and HH, the latter having more stopping power. Glafer makes them, EBC makes them... there's a lot of manufactures out there.
where about i can get them online
You can get pads almost ANYWHERE. MRI (ridersinc.com) is my favorite retailer, next comes superbikesupply.com. Call them up and they'll get what you need.
I've changed brakes in my cars so i don't think changing them out would be hard. any input will help!
You'll need to remove the rear wheel. after that it should be rather straight forward, since you've done brakes before.
Thanks Knight! i really dot want to go to my dealer since they have jacked up prices and dont know much anyway.... sad...
 

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You'll need to remove the rear wheel. after that it should be rather straight forward, since you've done brakes before.
You should not have to remove the rear wheel except to improve access. I usually take the rear caliper off and wire it out of the way before I remove the back wheel. The caliper is held on by two bolts and the rear reservoir is accessable if you take the seat off.

One reason your brakes could go so quick is if the caliper is frozen and you're only pushing on one pad. Check to see that the caliper floats freely.

It is probably a good idea to put new front pads on if you are doing the rear
 

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I replaced my pads at 5k miles on the bike - i think that's pretty normal - it depends how you are riding how you are stopping and in what conditions.

My pads are EBC - I think they make good stuff.

Also be careful on that annoying triangle bracket that goes between the swingarm and the wheel on the caliper side - it has alan bolts and make sure you use a good one as to not strip it. My are always real annoying to get off.

Cheers.
 

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my rear pads are dragging slightly, not enough to slow the wheel from moving freely but dragging none the less. I rebuilt the caliper, but didn't replace the pads. Are they dragging because the piston is pushed too far out because the pads are worn?

Also, unlike the front caliper, there are no retaining clips on the rear. Are mine missing or are they not used on the rear?
 

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Curious if these pads are ok.
 

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Since this thread has been bumped, I'll just post my question here. I need some new brake pads and I'm trying to avoid shelling out a lot of money I don't have, so I was checking eBay and found these:

http://************/ebaymotors/Kawasaki-EX500-EX-500-94-07-Front-Brake-Pads-FA129-/360282619727?cmd=ViewItem&pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash=item53e2847f4f

http://************/ebaymotors/Kawasaki-EX500-EX-500-94-07-Rear-Brake-Pads-FA67-3-/120531950752?cmd=ViewItem&pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash=item1c10439ca0

Has anyone every used these and how do they compare to more expensive brands? Or should I just stop being a tightwad and buy the good stuff? ???

EDIT: You'll have to change the string of *s to cgi.ebay.com For some reason the board removed that.
 

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Curious if these pads are ok.
Would need to see how much thickness there is. Be sure to disassemble, clean and lube your calipers at the same time. See WIki.


Ideally metallic pads are best on the EX-500. The common replacement is EBC FA129 HH on the front (HH means metalic). Front pads go well before rear pads do. When you replace the pads completely disassemble calipers and remove pistons for cleaning. Lube sliders with grease. This will save you a lot of grief down the road. If it does not specifically say metallic pad, it is not. See WIki.
 

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There is considerable pad life left, I know that. I was wondering why the surface looked so... crappy. Just heat and wear?
 
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