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Has anyone replaced brake pads with sintered pads? I'm wanting to replace with EBC HH sintered pads, but their website doesn't list the Rebel. Are the callipers on the rebel the same as the ones on the CBR500R?
 

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Has anyone replaced brake pads with sintered pads? I'm wanting to replace with EBC HH sintered pads, but their website doesn't list the Rebel. Are the callipers on the rebel the same as the ones on the CBR500R?
I checked Honda parts online and they show different part numbers for both the caliper and the brake pads.
 

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Sintered pads are for racing. They are good when warm but rather scary when cold. Imagine you pull the brake lever and not much happens.



Some wally put sintered pads on my last Virago and it was no fun at all to ride until they had warmed up - mind you the reason that they warmed up was that they were constantly grinding on the disc.


Unless you want to use the bike on the race track only, I would not recommend sintered pads for road use.


Not everything that is made for racing is "better" than the stock/normal parts.
 

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Sintered pads are for racing. They are good when warm but rather scary when cold. Imagine you pull the brake lever and not much happens.



Some wally put sintered pads on my last Virago and it was no fun at all to ride until they had warmed up - mind you the reason that they warmed up was that they were constantly grinding on the disc.


Unless you want to use the bike on the race track only, I would not recommend sintered pads for road use.


Not everything that is made for racing is "better" than the stock/normal parts.
Thats interesting. The guy who fitted my tyres said that i'd get a lot from fitting sintered pads, to quote, "an instant and more aggressive bite". He said the only downsides are quicker wear of the rotors.
I think the only way to know for sure is to try for myself. But from what you say i'll make sure i keep hold of the old pads ..... just in case!
 

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Thats interesting. The guy who fitted my tyres said that i'd get a lot from fitting sintered pads, to quote, "an instant and more aggressive bite". He said the only downsides are quicker wear of the rotors.
I think the only way to know for sure is to try for myself. But from what you say i'll make sure i keep hold of the old pads ..... just in case!
He is correct, sintered pads offer superior performance in all conditions compared to standard carbon pads. They will take a short break in period to wear into the disk before you see the best results. What is the downside? Sintered brake pads actually have metal particle infused into the pad and in turn will wear your rotor much much faster than carbon pads. Carbon pads have a less aggressive bite, and for your typical commutes around town, you will probably like the more progressive feel of the carbon pads, but this is totally personal preference. If your looking for a performance boost for the least money, sintered pads is the best choice. After that, going to a performance spec Brembo brake is the way to go, but get that check book out because it wont be cheap.
 
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