High-G FJR Junkie!
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Rolling Prairie, Ind
I’ll add that the topic of brake grease is a “hot” one��, having worked in engineering at one of the major brake suppliers for nearly 30yrs the brake grease thing is a tuff nut to crack. We had all kinds of samples from grease suppliers vieing to be “the” supplier.
There is no magic grease that does it all, it just doesn’t exist, the main thing is to clean and LIGHTLY grease the moving parts but every grease I seen used/tested would eventually wash out or just evaporate with time, it’s a really tuff job. I’ll add that imho probably/maybe the best grease I ever seen used is this stuff they called “smurf” grease because it is the same blue as a smurf but it wasn’t the end all grease either.
Unfortunately I cannot remember the name or maker of it, I did get a couple of small sample cups of it which will probably/maybe last me until I’m no longer here. I’ve never seen it for sale any where. But again I’ll say that it’s most important that that you clean & lightly lube the sliding parts at regular intervals.
I have used anti-seize (both types) as well which will make the engineers that were responsible for this kind of thing just cringe as they’ll just scream not to use that but again careful lightly lubing things has worked well for me. My .02
One last thing I’ll add is that after Phil’s statements about using oiled up used Brake pads is just don’t do that, it’s dangerous for causing reduced braking to premature lockup. Also avoid touching the pad material with your hands as the oil from you skin will have negative effects, I always spray my pads off with brake clean prior to final install to get any potential contaminants off, it all affects the pad life and performance.
Brake pads,,, it used to be and generally is on a car that you’ll use 2 front sets to 1 rear set Because automotive is usually 70-75% front braking, but that’s pretty general. A bike is different since the front & rear systems are generally separate. Myself I generally wear the rears out at a 2-1 rate to the front as for normal light braking I find myself only using the rears, purely subconsciously. Heavier braking, I lean more on the fronts, just my habit. But keep in mind usually there is only 1/2 the area of pad material at the rears due to only I set of pads vs 2 on the fronts and the designers use the 70-75% braking front with 25-30% rear for setup. I’m going back to sleep now!
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Last edited by passx; 06-27-2020 at 08:08 AM.