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I'm confused.
I need to replace the brake pads on '99 SE and I can not find anything in the manual as to what type of pad was OEM. (Maybe I just missed it.)

What is the difference in a sintered, ceramic, organic and metal pads?
Should I care and why?

Any help from the brain trust here would be appreciated.

Jim.
 

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I would think you should not use anything harder than what came on the bike. If it had organic pads to begin with (which it probably did) then probably not good to use metalic. This might wear the rotors. Ceramic is cooler but not can't remember if they are harder. I don't know what "sintered" is.
 

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Sintered and metal contain metal fragments. They are prone to eat discs. Stay away if possible. They do increase the stopping in the wet by a lot so if this is your normal riding weather then might be worth the wear to discs. Ceramic are for pure racers only. Organic would have been the OEM fitted type. Ask locally of other bikers and see if a particular manufacture work best.
 

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I just put ceramic on my car. I did it to stop all the brake dust from collecting on my mag wheels. Works fine.
Just 2 cents worth.:)
 

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with disk prices as high as they are . im thinking organic with kelvar from EBC. just my thoughts.
 

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As usual the info was helpful. Thanks so much to all that replied.
I knew I could count on you guys.


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I've tried aftermarket pads too. My conclusion?

OEM will work better.

OEM will last longer.

OEM doesn't cost sinificantly more than aftermarket.

OEM supplies new springs as necessary.

Honda has already done real research and testing on this matter, specific to youryear and model machine.
 

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Also, stay away from cheap no-name pads!!!! They will tear your rotors up, and you don't even want to price new rotors, {shudder} If you're going aftermarket, I strongly suggest staying with EBC. I couldn't agree with wda-83wing more!

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