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post #11 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-29-2020, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone!! The piston is pushed all the way in for sure. She is a 2003 model so only one piston on the rear, I'm not sure if later Gen's have 2 but yeah it is a couple milimeters further in than flush. I have not yet loosened the stabilizer arm, I was going to try that today but something came up.

I will measure the pads to compare with manufacture specs. That's what I get for being a cheapskate and not going with OEM, lol. But $45 dollars for semi-metallic front and rears (6 pads total) just was too hard for me to resist.

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I bought some cheap pads once, they looked like pressed cardboard, knock-off crap that was even stamped "Nissin" to make you think they were OEM grade... and they were slightly off on the backing plate fit, so didn't float freely..... ditched them and put on EBC's. Stick to name brand or OEM.
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I worked nearly 30yrs for an oe brake supplier (Bendix/Bosch) in engineering and seen it all. This is not an uncommon thing, they have to cut corners somewhere to give you those cheap prices and it generally is in the quality area. The first place most of the corporate “pencil necks” look to cut costs/increase profits is the quality area because they are viewed as simple overhead.

So anyway, you end up with what you got !

An example I’ll give is that Ford replaced us as the oe supplier on the rear axle (things are done in axle sets) of the 1994-1996 years Crown Vic/ Marquis/ Towncar over a nickel. Yep 5 cents ! Not surprisingly within the first 6mos of production Ford was using a back door at Bendix to complain about the very poor performance & noise of the new suppliers product and looking for that back door to help fix the other suppliers problem who had told Ford “this is what you bought, not our problem”.

The back door @ Bendix spent nearly $ 24 million working to fix the problem before accounting finally caught on. Lucky for the “back door” he had an unofficial commitment to bring that business back once the cheap contractors contract ended so in spite of a severe reprimand no heads rolled, luckily because my younger brother was an engineer in that group. All over .05.

Anyway you bought cheap pads, besides the fitment issues, usually the friction material is usually less than good, but sometimes you get lucky. If you decide to grind the pads as said above use a very good, high quality mask as the materials used in the friction material may literally be anything. Good luck !
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Not sure why anyone would cheap-out on brake pads, or other brake components for that matter. Similarly I wouldn't cheap-out on condoms. Already have a full set of EBC double sintered ($194CAD) at the ready for my 2020 FJR that just hit 15,000km. I thought the price was reasonable. Stupidly easy to change when the time comes.

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I agree with everyone, these pads where bought mid trip in hopes of getting them to me before the trip home. Quickest delivery time and I could not find a Yammy dealer along our route that would have them when we passed through.

That is a whole other story, how much I do rely on internet and when unavailable seem to loose all capabilities of thinking straight!!! Case in point: broke down in a Bermuda triangle of internet on a Friday evening. Nothing working, Bars, hotels, gas stations....nothing. Get a room just because I was so frustrated and knew we would then have some internet. Sure enough, once again having access to internet I hopped on a favorite site called bunk-a-biker (not sure of rules so won't post link) The purpose of the site is to lend a helping hand to other 2 wheel warriors. You post your location and what your willing to offer. That ranges from your own bedroom, meals, bathroom and tools with certified mechanic whiling to help to you can pitch a tent in my back yard and piss by the tree. Descriptions show up on the map bubble. 20 miles from our location was everything we could ask for!!! Full garage, w/ air conditioning, lift, compressor, impact tools, spare bedroom, meals......you get my point. Hotel wouldn't refund the money so we stayed but still utilized the garage and tools next morning. Thanks again Cordell and Heather!!!!

Yes, I am to blame for the stupid dumb pads I currently have~~~100% agree. but I just wanted to ride on my motorsickle!!!! Nor did I wanna die........just wanna ride on my??? Haynes I haven't thought about that reference in years!!!
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Nunia, if you take a look at our own Russís signature line he posts the same thing, an assistance list link, check it out.
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Ok .. I still have not put mine on ..same brand as yours ( Been down with migraine ) but I did find my micrometer .. mine measure 0.49 of an inch ..can you measure your brake pads
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OK Space Campers, for your edification and future reference:

OE Yamaha (OEM Koyo) rear brake pads for FJR are 0.400" thick.

OE Yamaha (OEM Nissin) front brake pads are 0.338" thick.

The rear barely fit. Doubt they could be 0.025" thicker.

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Ok .. I still have not put mine on ..same brand as yours ( Been down with migraine ) but I did find my micrometer .. mine measure 0.49 of an inch ..can you measure your brake pads
Sorry for the late post.....mine measure the same or close .4790" ~~~they don't fit. I am waiting on OEM pads now. Good news, maybe anyways, is the front pads if you have the kit will fit. They are .35"
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Ha! Those front pads were a treat, with that angle cut, eh?

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Thought it was a great bike, until.... Orion! This FJR... I mean, WOW!!
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