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Any recommendation on best method to break in a new front rotor and set of pads?

 

The parts were delayed and I am now not going to get a chance to ride my bike until race day next weekend.    Is it possible to break them in properly during first practice session, or am I better to keep the old rotor and pads?    My current front rotor is a little tweaked and rubbing the pads at certain points, so would prefer to replace it for peace of mind.

 

Any tips?

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In first gear, accelerate, then hit the brakes hard! Not enough to lock them up but to drag hard.... Do this about 8-10 times allowing the brakes to cool down a bit before attempting another pass... Brakes will be good to go BUT, stopping power will increase as the pads set into the rotor more....

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I just put 'em on and go, never had a problem. It's another one of those things that you don't want to over think. :rolleyes:

I agree, but I would clean rotor with brake cleaner first.

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If you really want them strong right off the bat, and have access to a brake lathe, i some times run a small sanding disc back and forth while it's turning on the lathe, no rougher than 120 grit. The pads break in real fast and have more grip.

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If you want the BEST performance from your stuff, do it right...

http://www.thumpertalk.com/wiki/_/breaking-in-your-brakes-r107

 

Recreational riders will likely not benefit as much as racers. None the less, bedding in your brakes properly has no downside.

 

I just scanned the article, but that's not too far off from riding normally, which I do whether breaking in pads or an engine, but avoiding extremes for the first little bit.

 

Mike

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