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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-21-2012, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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I have an 05 Hammer with 5800 miles. After a 200 mile ride yesterday, I noticed the rear brakes making a bunch of noise as I was pulling into the lane to my house. I have read in the archives that the rear brake pads from Victory are crap. Is this true? Also I read the rear pads for a TC work and wear really well. Is this true? Anybody have a particular part number for the TC pads, or any other suggestions? My ears are open!

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Unless your very heavy with the foot the rear breaks should be ok.
Get the rear wheel off the ground and spin it to see if its rubbing. Look for blue spots on the rooter witch would mean its been heated up.
Next ride listen for noise coming from witch side you might have a belt chirp and not bad breaks.
Keep in mind rear break slows you down and front break "stops" you.
To much rear break in panic situation will lock up and throw you to the ground.
Apply front break first then rear.
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I go through rear brakes at just about 5000 so there is a really good possibility that they are shot. Pads for a 2005 TC fit and it is what I have in there right now, but I will be swithcing to EBC's next time. The TC pads bite better but you won't get much more than 5000 miles.
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I go through rear brakes at just about 5000 so there is a really good possibility that they are shot. Pads for a 2005 TC fit and it is what I have in there right now, but I will be swithcing to EBC's next time. The TC pads bite better but you won't get much more than 5000 miles.
Do you change them yourself or take a shop's word for it? 5,000 is barely broken in.
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I change them myself, it takes all of 10 minutes. They are wasted at 5000 miles, down to the rivets...which is average for the steel frame Vic bikes. Granted, I trail brake more than most but the owner of Vic of Southern MD says 5000 is what he normally sees from all the bikes that come through the shop.
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I just helped a friend change out the rear pads on his KP. They were down to the metal, yet he swore he hardly used the rear brake and doesn't ride the pedal. He has 4500 on the bike and the fronts show no sign of wear. While waiting for his pads to arrive, he had to use the front brake only and was surprised as to how much pressure was required to make the bike come to a stop.

In 60 years of riding, my rear brakes last me 20K miles or more, cuz I use them for only three things: hard stops, holding on a hill and trail braking on tight turns. So if your rears need replacing too soon, its not the pads that are crap.

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I never said the pads were crap, they work quite well but they just dont last. I'm sure if I changed my riding technique to never use the rear brake I'm sure I could make them last 10,000 miles. Like I said, I trail brake with the rear heavily because it has no adverse effects on handling. I typically just use the front for stopping.
The EBC pads are better and will last longer, I think somewhere between 8-10,000. I will be putting them on this summer since it will be time for a new set.
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FWIW, I have over 6k miles and am about halfway through the life on my pads. I use both brakes at all times with the exception of trail braking for tight turns.

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Replaced the pads today. They were totally shot! You'd think they would last a little longer!

Thanks for the help.

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Replaced the pads today. They were totally shot! You'd think they would last a little longer!

Thanks for the help.

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Yes you would think. It's strange yours only lasted 5800. I have a touch more than that and my pads still have half their life. Riding style maybe?

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