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I have just bought these ] Chinese brake discs . I didn't just buy them on a whim, I spent several days researching and reading opinions and reviews first.

The usual crap surfaced in the various opinions. Almost all the negative stuff came from people who had never bought, fitted or tried them, while almost all the people who had personal experience of these discs had pretty positive views. I'm sure that those people who have bought the Chinese levers know just what I mean!

The metals used in the manufacture of the rotors and carriers appears to be of the same grades as products like Galfer. I think the only questions for me would be the fit, and the quality of the bobbins and washers.

Right then, time to change these discs!

These are coming off as they are knackered and won't pass another MoT.
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And these are going on in their place.
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Laid the new discs on top of the old ones to make sure they would line up.
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The bolts on this side came out easily enough....
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But this side was a bit harder for some reason.
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Both sides were fairly mucky,
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First disc on and ready for the bolts. I cleaned both the bolt and the hub threads out first.
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Bolts torqued down.
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Two new discs in place.
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I was going to fit new pads at the same time but there is still plenty of life left in the old ones, so after a good clean and regrease, the callipers were refitted. Brakes feel pretty good on the 100yd ride up and down my lane but they'll get a proper try out tomorrow.

Update:
Just been out on the bike and after a 12 mile round trip, I've noticed polished bands on the discs so I shall be fitting new pads. I have the new ones here ready and the calipers are all freshly cleaned and regreased so it'll be a quick job to swap old for new.




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they look the buisness,what was the difference in cost,was it a lot,tootler emoticon
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They look great emoticon
I use the chinese levers and bobbins and have no issues with them so I would have no issue trying the disc set. emoticon
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quote:

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they look the buisness,what was the difference in cost,was it a lot,tootler emoticon



They were just £115 delivered with free postage. Pair of Suzuki or EBC items are nearer £300. Blackshadow, down in South Wales do a pair for about £190.

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They look great emoticon
I use the chinese levers and bobbins and have no issues with them so I would have no issue trying the disc set. emoticon



I have the Chinese dogleg levers too, excellent quality, still going strong after 2 years and a couple of drops!

The place I bought the discs from are trading through an ebay shop and have 100% positive feedback.



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Thats a really good saving,if i ever need discs i will get the link of you,might get shorty adjustable levers for the [sign in to see URL] done, emoticon
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Another update to this story.

My hope that replacing the old pads with the new ones was going to be a quick job was shattered yesterday morning when I discovered that the caliper wasn't sliding on the pins properly.

One of the pins slides in the metal body of the caliper but the other one is housed in a rubber boot which pushes through a mounting on the caliper. The pin sliding in the metal housing was fine but the hole in which the rubber boot is held had become oxidised to the extent that it was compressing the boot and gripping the pin, thus preventing any free movement.

It took me a while to realise what was going on initially, but once I had identified the problem it was a simple matter to gently extract the boot, clean all the white oxidisation out of the mounting hole and then put the boot back in with a liberal smear of red rubber grease both inside and outside the boot. Both pins on each caliper were similarly treated and then the whole lot re-assembled with the new pads.

The job also gave me the opportunity to flush all the old brake fluid through and replace it with new fluid. My brakes are now working possibly better than at an time since buying the bike four years ago. emoticon

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Glad you got it sorted
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They look great, good value too emoticon
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Just had a bill for import duty this week. Not too bad though, just £14.

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Import Duty emoticon Bugger, so glad we dont have that here
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