Just installed rear brakes on 2013 GL1800, brakes work as they should.
I have been using only genuine Honda parts for years now and still believe in only having genuine parts fitted to my Wing. It might be slighty more expensive but putting your life at risk to save a few bucks is really not worth it. Not only does OEM parts guarantee the quality but you know it is designed for what it is claimed for. I had a few friends that insist buying the cheaper option, ending up to replacing the disc as well due to the wrong compound and eating away the disc. If you spend so much money buying a Wing might as well spend a little extra keeping it in top shape.
After looking at reviews of the many different brands of brake pads and reading tech/performance specs of the many different compounds, I decided to replace my OEM brake pads with OEM quality. Stick with the OEM brake pads. The engineers at Honda have already done the homework for you. These brakes perform well without grinding your disc down and without undue heat buildup.
They were very easy to replace. The front brakes took 25 minutes and at 45k miles, the rear pads were only 1/2 life. I believe at least 15% of my brake pad wear came from my first trip to The Tail of the Dragon.
I installed these and you can't go wrong with these. Obviously fit and function is perfect. A little tip in reply to previous review, to spread the calipers use a simple drum brake adjusting tool available at any auto parts store. It is an L-shaped tool. Just insert the L-end prior to removing old pads and pry the calipers open. Then the new pads won't be damaged and fit over the rotors with no problems.
2005 GL1800 158Km
Have only ever used OEM pads as they last a lot longer than the after market pads
Have convinced 4 other wing owners to use them as well and we now do bulk orders to save on shipping to Australia
I have never felt concerned about the ability of the pads to pull me up when it is necessary
Cheap pads cost more in the long run
Now all we need is for wingstuff to find and sell a caliper spreader and then brake pad changing would be so much easier
Thinking of a pair of reverse pliers (IE squeeze to open) with plates to insert into the caliber and force the pistons back so new pads can be inserted.
I have yet to find anything suitable on the web
And we can't wait to show you how it's done!
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