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Upgraded the brakes on my XR recently. I was always unhappy with the initial braking performance with the front and it always felt underpowered. I purchased some EBC brake pads from the dealer and installed them last week. First off replacing brake pads on this bike is ridiculously easy. 1 bolt and a retaining spring, maybe 5 minutes per side. The new pads are awesome, great initial bite when you squeeze the lever, and then good feel as you continue to brake. You can always tell what they are doing. I replaced the rear brake to match, nice improvement there as well, not as much difference in braking power but again the feel and feedback you get is really improved. They definitely made the bike feel more controlled and the reduction in stopping distance is a big safety advantage.
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Thanks for the info. I feel the same way regarding my XCT's brakes, and so will probably go the EBC route when the stock pads need replacing.

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It is such an improvement I would not wait. For the $130 bucks for the pads it is miles and miles better and safer.
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It is such an improvement I would not wait. For the $130 bucks for the pads it is miles and miles better and safer.
Got ya. However, the bike's about to just sit in the garage for the next several months, so this may be an after-holidays purchase.

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thanks for the info. that is good to know.

i have the same impression of the stock pads. it always feels like i need to wipe the rotors with brake cleaner - like they are slippery, or something.

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I ordered mine from Dennis Kirk there the same as Goldwing pads and paid 86 bucks for the front pair.
Front EBC-FA261HH rear EBC-FA196HH
The funny part is when I was at the dealer he had none and I said there the same as the goldwing do you have them. "no" you can not intercgange parts like that.
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I ordered mine from Dennis Kirk there the same as Goldwing pads and paid 86 bucks for the front pair.
Front EBC-FA261HH rear EBC-FA196HH
The funny part is when I was at the dealer he had none and I said there the same as the goldwing do you have them. "no" you can not intercgange parts like that.
https://www.denniskirk.com/ebc/rear-...rd/1904760.sku
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I just ordered some EBC's for my Suzuki M50 along with a new brake line for a winter time project. If you think the Vics breaks are not so good then you ought to try my M50, terrible brakes. Just one rotor up front and a drum in the back but I was used to it after 4 years. Now after riding the Vic and hopping back on the M50 I almost rear end people because with the Vic I got used to much better brakes.

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These folks have the best price of EBC pads that I've found but make double sure you are getting the right number and don't just go by the model. I did that once and got burned. When I finally realized my mistake they said it had been too long. Fortunately for me; Noemtz was able to work with me on a trade even though he doesn't sell a lot of Vision pads. Thanks again Noe! When I need another set I'll be getting them through Noe...

These are the front X bike pads.


Rear X bike.


And here is what they sent me; Vision front pads.
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These folks have the best price of EBC pads that I've found but make double sure you are getting the right number and don't just go by the model. I did that once and got burned. When I finally realized my mistake they said it had been too long.
It wasn't your mistake. On the website you linked, both X bike's and the Vision's front pads all list the SKU as FA261HH, but the correct ones for the X bikes in your picture show the SKU as FA347HH.




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