Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Murrysville, PA, USA. A pleasant, wooded suburb of Pittsburgh.
First Outing. Just back from an hour-long bedding-in exercise. The EBC pads are, just as I had anticipated, a significant upgrade. The first time I touched the brake lever, the totally-unbedded HH pads were stronger than the bedded-in OE pads. I took advantage of a break in the clouds and (temporarily) drying roads see what the new pads bring to the table: A lot. I did about 20 hard stops, decelerating from 50 MPH to 20 (or less) using front brake only, as per EBC recommendations. The copper-colored HH pads are clearly harder than the dark OE pads, and will require a much longer bedding -in process. Today was a start.
With each hard stop, the front brake felt a little stronger than the previous stop. On most of the stops I could feel the ABS intervening as the tire began to squeal. The sticky Diablo tire produces excellent stopping traction. Although I am certain that these pads are far from definitively bedded-in, by the end of this session I had a front brake that responds instantly, powerfully and linearly to lever input. Much more incisive than the quite-OK-but-much-gentler OE pads. As New Englanders would say, the HH pads are "wicked strong". The front brake is already substantially stronger, more decisive and confidence-inspiring than with the already pretty good OE pads. This happy situation can only improve as the pads continue to bed in. It takes far less lever effort to produce that same deceleration as before. Pete's abused finger would like this!
In short, I am very pleased, and believe the EBC HH pads are a highly worthwhile upgrade. It needs to be said, however, that the stock pads are quite adequate and no one should feel compelled to upgrade. But the HH pads are definitely in a different league, and their best is yet to come. To paraphrase the old BrylCreme hair dressing commercial: "A little jab will do ya."
"If you don't know where you're going, you might wind up somewhere else."
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