This is a discussion on Upgrading front brakes.. within the Ninja 650R Performance Upgrades forums, part of the Kawasaki Ninja 650R category; Hey guys, I'm thinking about upgrading the front brakes. By that, I mean just changing pads and lines, not calipers. Wanted to know if any ...
Hey guys, I'm thinking about upgrading the front brakes. By that, I mean just changing pads and lines, not calipers. Wanted to know if any of you have tried steel braided lines. BRP has some and I also wanted to know if their $85 Vesrah brake pads are worth the $85. They also have some EBC's for $70. What differences would I expect to see if I upgraded to steel braided lines? Input would be much appreciated. Thanks.
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EBC-HH pads are good for all around riding.
Vesrah RJL pads are for racing/track day use, or performance style riding.
Vesrah's have better initial bite.
EBC is also makes an new pad Extreme Pro, which we will be using next season.
For the 650, these retail for $75 a side.
I'll have them on my site soon.
Stock Kawasaki pads and steel braided lines. Motul 800 brake fluid. After bleeding brakes, hold lever in overnight with zip tie. Your brakes will be rock solid hard the next day.
I stay away from aftermarket pads. I have yet to find an aftermarket pad that will outperform the stock ones.
I am by no means putting down aftermarket. I just like the overall feel and performance of stock pads.
Gary you say your riders like the EBC-Pro's over the Vesrah RJL's and this is on the stock calipers?
At my last race (back in September) I put on a set of SRJL's on my R1 calipers (fitted to my 05zx6r forks) It is extreme braking. So much so that I have to be careful or I'll end up on my head. I'd call it overkill, and they weren't cheap.
They'll probably last me all next year, but I'm always interested in input.
I had a set of EBC's for part of the 08 season, and they warped after 2 race weekends, not OK.
What I have found with aftermarket brakes is either grabby brakes with accelerated rotor/pad wear, weak brakes with long wear, or squeaky squealing brakes.
I have never had an issue with stock pads. They always feel the same and wear the same each and every time.....
I don't ride track so I cannot comment on how the stock ones would hold up in the "heat of usage".
Chris, we've been running the same rotors for 3 years, using Vesrah RJL's.