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post #1 of 2 Old Oct 5th, 2009, 2:30 pm Thread Starter
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Brake Pad Relacement Question

Last week I replaced the rear rotor on my SO's one year old R1200R. The rotor had developed a warp and the pads became contaminated with some chemical rendering them of no further use. Incidentally, BMW refused to consider a warped rear rotor a warranty issue.

Rather than pay the outrageous price of a BMW OEM rotor and pads, I bought the equivalent from about 1/3 of the BMW OEM price.

From my reading, I learned that it is considered mandatory to replace the brake pads at the same time as one replaces the rear rotor. That makes sense to me since the pads have acquired a profile from the old rotor and would not likely bed-in properly on a new rotor.

While the bike was in the shop, the technician determined that the front rotors were faulty and that there is a service advisory on this problem. BMW will replace the front rotors under warranty but not the brake pads. This strikes me as curious since how can half worn brake pads properly bed-in with new rotors? Doesn't the same logic apply to the replacement of front pads as the rear brake pads when replacing the rotor(s)? Or am I completely off base.

Any input would be welcome.


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Re: Brake Pad Relacement Question

I am pretty certain you will not get the dealer to give you new pads. Feel lucky that they gave you new rotors! I would take the new rotors and have them put the original pads back in. If they were not grooved deeply they will rebed rather quickly. Just be careful the first couple of miles. I would do a series of hard brakings to accelerate the process. If the pads are getting close to worn out, Just buy a set of EBC's and install when you get home.

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