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1997 XV1100 Special: Front Brake Pads what ones to get? (Upstate NY)

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1997 XV1100 Special: Front Brake Pads what ones to get? (Upstate NY)

Post by yzf125 » Thu Aug 04, 2022 7:32 am

Hey guys, I just picked up a 1997 Virago 1100 special, I have to replace the front brake pads, What ones do I need to get ? There are some many options out there and all different prices. Are the ones on Ebay ok to get ?

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Re: 1997 XV1100 Special: Front Brake Pads what ones to get? (Upstate NY)

Post by faffi » Thu Aug 04, 2022 11:33 am

OEM are usually always best as a compromise between stopping power wet and dry, wear, noise and dust. EBC and SBS are both safe bets when it comes to aftermarket in my experience.
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Re: 1997 XV1100 Special: Front Brake Pads what ones to get? (Upstate NY)

Post by ViragoJoe » Thu Aug 04, 2022 11:49 am

More information on EBC vs SBS brakes:

SBS vs. EBC Brake Pads (In-Depth Comparison)

https://motorhungry.com/sbs-vs-ebc-brake-pads/
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Re: 1997 XV1100 Special: Front Brake Pads what ones to get? (Upstate NY)

Post by faffi » Thu Aug 04, 2022 12:06 pm

Interesting article. I have not had issues with SBS pads when they are cold, but then again I have not used SBS pads since the '90s, meaning my experiences are dated.

Usually, I do not wear brake pads much, less than one mm every 10k miles. I brake seldom, but do the odd hard stop to keep the brakes healthy. However, I fitted a pair of Veshrah pads to my Virago 750 and they wore out in about 6000 miles! And they did not offer much stopping power, either.
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