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Feb 11

Posts: 64

stopping power

Hi all, I have just purchased some HEL braided brake lines for my Hornet 600, wondering wether it would be worth paying for some better brake pads, not to happy with my current ones stopping power, I think they have faded a bit as the they dont stop me as well as the used to, they have only done a few thousand miles and have plenty left in them, any recommendations as to what pads I should look into?

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Aug 09

Posts: 2716

MarcusMarsh says:


Change the lines first and see what effect that has.  Maybe you won't need to upgrade the pads.  The problem with more agressive pads is that they can wear the discs quicker so you really don't want to change them unless it is really necessary.   

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Nov 07

Posts: 2424

smidget says:


Marcus says if would be best to only change the lines which will require you replacing the brake fluid as well.

This being the case you will find the brakes a lot better at stopping and will give you better feel for what your brakes are doing.

Again as Marcus has said replace with manufacturers recommended pads as the discs will be worn at a higher rate, and with the cost of brake rotors it's something to avoid.

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Jan 08

Posts: 7602

kcmc says:

Honda 600 Hornet year?


Think i would be wondering why the braking power has dropped off myself ?especially if the brake pads are not wearing down.Think i would be de-glazing the pads,cleaning the discs,and servicing the calipers,before fitting braided lines,other wise you could be masking a problem instead of correcting one.


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Jul 11

Posts: 20

davi82a says:


I would take the caliper apart and clean everything with brake cleaner. If this doesn't work, change the pads. It's well worth it, if it'll stop you in time.

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Apr 10

Posts: 92

tomcat69 says:


Brake fluid is hydroscopic so it absorbs water.  this will affect braking especially as the brakes warm up  change the fluid first it would explain the deteriation

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