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The front pads on my 99 VStar 650 are squeaky. I'm not sure what the previous owner did, I'm guessing the pads weren't changed at all.

I figured that I would change the brake pads to see if this would help. While doing my searching, I came across organic pads and sintered metal pads. I found online that sintered metal pads are becoming more prevalent with the stock OEMs.

What is everyone riding with here? Should I go with sintered metal or organic? I'm leaning towards the sintered side since there will be better braking performance; I am aware that the pads will eat through my rotors a little quicker though.
 

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Food for thought. I went with the EBC Non Asbestos Organic Brake Pads. I get about 13000 miles on a set of fronts commuting to work, mostly city riding. I replaced my rotors at 60000 due to warpage, plus they were getting thin.
hope this helps.
 

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The front pads on my 99 VStar 650 are squeaky. I'm not sure what the previous owner did, I'm guessing the pads weren't changed at all.

I figured that I would change the brake pads to see if this would help. While doing my searching, I came across organic pads and sintered metal pads. I found online that sintered metal pads are becoming more prevalent with the stock OEMs.

What is everyone riding with here? Should I go with sintered metal or organic? I'm leaning towards the sintered side since there will be better braking performance; I am aware that the pads will eat through my rotors a little quicker though.
This don't have direct response to your question since I don't know if your pads are wore out or not, but as a tidbit dirty pads i.e. dust ect, will make them squeak too. I go with Doug on the non-asbestos pads, just me there. Ride safe.
 

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PizzaIsLife, for some reason these front brakes have a tendency to squeak. I have an 07 and the fronts have squeaked since day 1. I've talked to people that claim it's the rubber brake lines and that changing to steel fixed the problem.
 

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Usually the squeaking/squealing is caused by the brake pads needing lubrication on the backside. Go to Autozone or the like and get some brake grease for the metal to metal on the backside of the brake pad. Make sure you don't get any on the front.
 

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I go with DMTJOY on this one.

I went to the same EBC brake pads. The FA88-HH

They last a bit longer and like DMTJOY, my rotor was starting to warp and I thought the harder metallic pads would straighten out the rotor.

I get about 10K out of my Dunlop tires so I just replace the pads when I replace the tires.
 
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