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Thx guys. There are so many kinds of materials they use to make brake pads. I just wanna try something different than the stock ones which are more expensive than some aftermarket products. Maybe I just have to give it a shot you think? money is tight right now, so gotta find alternative (cheaper) products to replace the OEM (more expensive) ones.

Maybe anybody else in this forum ever got ones will share their experience with us...
 

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Thx guys. There are so many kinds of materials they use to make brake pads. I just wanna try something different than the stock ones which are more expensive than some aftermarket products. Maybe I just have to give it a shot you think? money is tight right now, so gotta find alternative (cheaper) products to replace the OEM (more expensive) ones.

Maybe anybody else in this forum ever got ones will share their experience with us...


Kevlar pads have only resulted in warped rotors and short pad life for me. But this has been on streetbikes with 10 times the horsepower and over double the weight. Maybe someone hs some TW experience with these, but for my munny the O.E.M. pads from either Yamaha or Kawasaki are worth it.
 

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Kevlar pads have only resulted in warped rotors and short pad life for me. But this has been on streetbikes with 10 times the horsepower and over double the weight. Maybe someone hs some TW experience with these, but for my munny the O.E.M. pads from either Yamaha or Kawasaki are worth it.


I'm not sure what the value difference is between the OEM and Aftermarket pads- but I can understand where you are coming from.



I have only used OEM pads and I pull a trailer with my TW200 and it looks like the front disc pads will go 15-20K (maybe more) and the drum brake will need to be replaced at 12-16k.



I'm not not sure what others are getting off the OEM pads and what the life of the after market pads are -- so I can't help you there--



But what I'm suggesting is there are four factors to brake value; safety, the wear the pad places on the drum or disc (which could add additional costs to the brake repair), the number of miles of service the pads give you and the cost of the pad. Assumption: (may not be true) If the after-market pad is half the cost of the OEM pad and gives you 60% of the life of the OEM pad-- then the aftermarket pad is slightly cheaper ---but if it damages or causes and increase in repair cost to the disc/drum then the aftermarket pad would not be worth purchasing.



I tend to experiment with new things when I can afford it because I might have to dump more money into the project when I find out that it didn't work out. When money is tight I go for the sure thing! Unless I know for fact the new/replacement product is proven and the information source is reliable



Good Luck.



Let us know how these after market pads work out --maybe we can learn something and who knows they may be a better deal than OEM? For know I will stick with the OEM pads they seem to last pretty good, but they sure do create a lot of brake dust.



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you have a good point here Mike, but my rotor looks worn already so I think I'll just give it a shot and so maybe I can be the guinea pig here before other T-Dub owners try it. My bike is an '05 model has 6747 miles on it and the brake pads pretty much almost gone already and I can tell from my rotor surface too and the sound the pads make like screaming: "pleaaase take us out of here we want to retiiiiire!!!!" Oh, well they ask for it and I'l get them the replacements soon

cheers...
 

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Update about the kevlar brake pads. Got 'em from ebay for $9.95 + $7.25 S/H. I installed 'em on Oct 1st and been riding without any noise at all from the new front brake pads. I'm pretty satisfied to it's stopping performance in normal riding condition and speed bellow 60mph, but it's really hard to do stoppie
 
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