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Old 01-25-2009, 08:52 PM   #1
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Rotor prep for new pads?

Ok, bike build is well under way as of this weekend. Next weekend tackling the brake system upgrades.

With that said, what is the popular/proper way to prepare the stock front rotor for these Vesrah pads? Or just put them in with the usual cleaning of brake dust from the pistons and such and call it a day?
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Old 01-25-2009, 08:55 PM   #2
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I look forward to the responses from the racers on this. I prep my rotors using a scotchbright pad and brake cleaner. I wonder if there is a better approach.

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Before the season I bead blast my rotors then bed the pads. Scotch-Brite and brake cleaner works real well in a pinch. I only use the brake cleaner after I scotch-brite them, let them dry then scotch-brite and brake cleaner again. I repeat that until they look clean and cross-hatched.

Bead blasting is something I prefer, it's something you can have done relatively cheap at a machine shop or similar shop that uses bead blasters. Real fast too. The only precaution I take is to make sure there's no media in between the rivits/ spacers that connect the carrier and rotor.

If you're getting Vesrah RJL, you DEFINITELY should do something though, I'm glad you are on top of that.
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Old 01-25-2009, 09:22 PM   #4
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I vote for bead blasting as well. Although, in a pinch I've wetsanded the rotors.
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I look forward to the responses from the racers on this. I prep my rotors using a scotchbright pad and brake cleaner. I wonder if there is a better approach.

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I sand then scotchbright with brake cleaner.
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I take it to Motorcycles Unlimited cuz i'm just a lazy and i trust them with all my racebikes.

but IF i was feelin froggy.....scotchbrite and brake cleaner.
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Wipe off with a paper towel, not a cloth rag....
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why paper towle over cloth rag?

How will I know when they are clean? Can you over do it and fck them up?
I use the brake cleaner that leaves no residue and dries quickly- no need to wipe 'em unless you just wanna. I also use compressed air if needed.
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I too think i know how ill go about this now. Thanks for the help guys. And now to my own thread, this is the way i left it for the weekend. Will revisit her next weekend and get back to work on it and the brakes.


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Old 01-26-2009, 01:05 PM   #13
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When i put pads on I used a 1000 grit sandpaper and brake clean..
you can also use a drill and the sand paper bit that is used for car rotors while they are on the brake lathe. that gives them a nice fresh finish too.
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