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I was doing my annual ‘clean up my calipers’...take ‘em apart, clean ‘em and lube the slide pins..and I noticed my front pads are getting a little thin. Not quite replacement time, but getting closer.

It got me thinking about new pads. I read a ton of old posts here as well as doing online research. I am still somewhat confused over all the conflicting info.

Sintered or organic? Some say our bikes came OEM with organic, others say ABS bikes came with sintered, some say front are sintered, rears are organic.

Some say sintered are great. Better stopping power and last longer. Won’t eat rotors.
Others say sintered have to be hot to work and will destroy our soft OEM rotors.

I’m just a casual street rider looking for improved braking, if possible, over the stock pads.

What have you done when it came time for pad replacements?

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If you just ride casually on the street I'd say get ebc organics. They will wear the rotor less than sintered and have a more progressive feel on the street. The trade-off is they wear faster and can't handle as high heat (like on a track) as sintered.
Sintered pads are essentially metal and definitely will cause more wear to the rotor.
I'm not sure what comes stock on the 300 but a lot of sport bikes come with sintered pads. As far as improving braking, unless the pads you have are complete garbage you aren't going to see a massive improvement no matter what pads you go with.
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thanks, Kennylxix, one more thing...it looks as if current pads are sintered (?) Not sure if these are factory or not..I bought bike with 2800 miles on it 3 years ago, no clue what pervious owner(s) did..

Pads are stamped Nissin TT2701HH. The EBC pads that end with HH are their sintered ones. Do I currently have sintered pads?
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I can't be sure as I can't find a direct reference to the model number on the pads but they appear to be sintered.
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I went with sintered, and after the full break in, it was a bit better than my worn out pads, but not game changing better. I was looking into steel lined brake lines for improved feel, but no one has chimed in on a good set with 2019 experience. That could be a worthwhile upgrade to you, but consider the tradeoffs with going that way before you do.
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What are the tradeoffs on braided brake lines?
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since my current pads are sintered I went ahead and ordered the EBC sintered pads on Amazon. They're only $26...If I don't like 'em I can always swap 'em out for something else. I love how cheap stuff is for this bike!

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The only trade off one I could think of SS lines is cost, but they don't cost too much either.

You buy the lines, you have fun installing them, you end up with better brakes, they last for ever, no cons.

I guess any known brand name would be good enough. I got the Galfer, but I'm sure Spiegler's are good too.

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I'm sure you'll be happy with the sintered pads. EBC makes good stuff.
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^^ How are 2019's different from previous years?

Spiegler's are great SS lines, and so are Galfer's, which are two of the most known brands.
It's not that complicated. One of easiest, cheapest and more rewarding mods to do on the N300.
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