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Changed front brake pad, having trouble...help!

Hi all,

I just installed EBC FA197HH pads for my front brakes. I went out to test them and something is not right. There doesn't seem to be any issues under normal braking but under hard braking the pads don't seem to catch right. They make a squeaking noise and seem to skip a bit, like they're struggling for grip. I'm very familiar with the ABS system, so I'm sure it's not the ABS kicking in.

Anybody have any ideas?
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How recently? You need to bed them in, which takes several hundred miles of stop /go city riding plus a few hard braking cycles in a row after that. Check their websites for info.

I have those pads and they were scary bad at first, though I don't remember what you describe.

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I Always scuff up the brake disc with some sandpaper when changing to another brand/type of pad. I also bleed the brakes and do a 2nd bleed a couple of days later. I've never had any issues so far.
In my opinion the standard EBC HH pads really suck though

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Did you clean the rotor? You may have some oil, grease, or skin oil on the rotor. Also the the pads take a few hundred miles to get the most grip(bedding in). There is a process to bed them in do a google search. Once bedded in they have very good grip.

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I agree with vulgr on preping the rotors.

Give the rotor a cleaning with some brake clean on a rag (one without any oil on it). Then, scuff it with some sandpaper. Clean it one more time to get sanding residue off.

Since you used the pads already, give the pad surface a light sanding too (just enough to scuff it up), then burn them in.

Here's a good article and video from revzilla on it.

https://www.revzilla.com/common-trea...ge-your-brakes

I have HH pads on my 996. They are a little "grabby", but seem to work well on the track.

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Usually the previous pads leave crap all over the rotors (glaze). When you change pads, you should deglaze your rotors too. Here's a good video:

http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/ho...tors-mc-garage

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Hi all,

I just installed EBC FA197HH pads for my front brakes. I went out to test them and something is not right. There doesn't seem to be any issues under normal braking but under hard braking the pads don't seem to catch right. They make a squeaking noise and seem to skip a bit, like they're struggling for grip. I'm very familiar with the ABS system, so I'm sure it's not the ABS kicking in.

Anybody have any ideas?
I have the same pads. They weren't as bad as you describe but under hard braking they felt worse than the factory pads when I first installed them. Now that I have about 200 miles or so on them they are better under hard braking. My guess would be a small upgrade over stock. It took some time to get there though.
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