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Should I upgrade my stock brake pads?

I'm planning on changing out my stock brake lines in the next couple of weeks. I'm also going to be installing speed bleeders, and was wondering while I have everything apart, should I also upgrade my stock brake pads. The stock pads are pretty much brand new, only about 600 miles on them. The bike will mainly be ridden on the street, however I'm planning on doing my first Trackday this year, and if I like it, which I'm sure I will, I'll probably try to squeeze in a few more in this year. Are the stock pads ok for a novice group Trackday, or should I upgrade them now while I have the brakes apart? I you guys suggest upgrading, which pads would you recommend for both street and track? There are so many different types out there, it's a little confusing. I really appreciate any advice you can give me.
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Re: Should I upgrade my stock brake pads?

not a fan of speed bleeders as they dont really help. Spend the money on a good vac pump and DOT4 fluid.

Pads are a very subjective component. Youll be fine for at least a handful of days on the stock ones.
Once your pace increases then go to a pad that's sintered. You have a handful to choose from so...

You can clean up the pads & rotors with some 150 emery cloth. Final wipe with brake cleaner. Make sure the calipers are clean & new looking.
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not a fan of speed bleeders as they dont really help. Spend the money on a good vac pump and DOT4 fluid.

Pads are a very subjective component. Youll be fine for at least a handful of days on the stock ones.
Once your pace increases then go to a pad that's sintered. You have a handful to choose from so...

You can clean up the pads & rotors with some 150 emery cloth. Final wipe with brake cleaner. Make sure the calipers are clean & new looking.
Thanks, I got the Stalhbus bleeders, I heard if Stalhbus makes them they should be good, I guess I'll see. I have a Mityvac that I've used for troubleshooting on the car, but never used it to bleed brakes. I was actually gonna use it to help get all the fluid out of the system before installing the new lines. I'm glad to hear the stock pads will work fine for Trackdays, at least until my pace picks up. Thanks again
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Don't go throwing away money. Keep the stock pads for now. You won't need to upgrade for a while. They won't be the weak point in novice or intermediate class as much as the rubber lines and fluid is. Truth be told, I had no problems running 100% stock brakes into advanced class. Granted, that was on a Kawi that has probably the best stock brakes ever made up to that time.
If you really get into track time, you will be changing your pads at 50% life anyway. They are so simple to change too. It's not like you are changing your air filter and wondering if you should go ahead and change the spark plugs too. That would be a given.
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Don't go throwing away money. Keep the stock pads for now. You won't need to upgrade for a while. They won't be the weak point in novice or intermediate class as much as the rubber lines and fluid is. Truth be told, I had no problems running 100% stock brakes into advanced class. Granted, that was on a Kawi that has probably the best stock brakes ever made up to that time.
If you really get into track time, you will be changing your pads at 50% life anyway. They are so simple to change too. It's not like you are changing your air filter and wondering if you should go ahead and change the spark plugs too. That would be a given.
Thanks, I will keep the stock pads for now, like you said, they are simple to change when the time comes. I imagine you can probably take the bike right to the track in stock form and be fine, especially in the novice class. I'm just trying to make a few "smart" upgrades before I do. Thanks again guys for all the advice.
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Thanks, I will keep the stock pads for now, like you said, they are simple to change when the time comes. I imagine you can probably take the bike right to the track in stock form and be fine, especially in the novice class. I'm just trying to make a few "smart" upgrades before I do. Thanks again guys for all the advice.
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Re: Should I upgrade my stock brake pads?

Yes its a good idea since you have to break in the pads and they will be broken in with you street riding
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Re: Should I upgrade my stock brake pads?

Stock pads are ok for the street
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Re: Should I upgrade my stock brake pads?

I agree with what TurboBlew said. And until you find the need to upgrade (actual need) why bother? These bikes are sold as high performance machines and they are not fitted with inferior brakes for the majority of the riders.
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