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With the past threads about front brake pads being wore out at around 14k miles or so...and some have reported uneven front brake pad wear...I finally pulled my front brake pads out to inspect at 15k miles...pads on both sides of the bike were wore pretty evenly, but I was surprised how much they were wore down at only 15k miles. I think the pads could had gone another 5k miles but since I had new pads I changed them out anyways...Im thinking the front brake pads might make 20k miles but I would definitely inspect the front pads on this bike with every tire change...OEM pads for this bike are very pricey...I thought the OEM pads were expensive for the old wing but Honda has topped that...160 dollars for front brake pads from my local dealer...anyways keep your eye on the brake pads with this bike.
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The front should be about 41 to 42 dollars per set. I figure to get 2 sets up front per one or more in rear. No?

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The front should be about 41 to 42 dollars per set. I figure to get 2 sets up front per one or more in rear. No?

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Wingstuff has them at $69.99 per set and you need to order 2 sets. $140 for the front alone seems pretty steep. The rear set is another $80 bucks. I found the EBC pads for $28 a set from Cyclemax. Anyone tried these on the 18+ Wings? I've always gone OEM, but the wear folks have been seeing and the price point of the EBC certainly gives one reason to pause!
 

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Wingstuff has them at $69.99 per set and you need to order 2 sets. $140 for the front alone seems pretty steep. The rear set is another $80 bucks. I found the EBC pads for $28 a set from Cyclemax. Anyone tried these on the 18+ Wings? I've always gone OEM, but the wear folks have been seeing and the price point of the EBC certainly gives one reason to pause!
My "bad", I google searched the correct part number, but when it took me to Partzilla the part number for the fronts was the same except for the last three digits -- forcing them to show the correct part matches what you quote.
 

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Does that include the four flange bolts (90139-MKC-A00)?
Nope. But those expensive bolts are said to be needed to replaced due to the air curing locker agent wearing. VibraTite VC-3 can be applied and allowed to cure before replacing the bolts, that product seems to be a little stronger than what Honda used or I got it on a little thicker - a tiny bit goes far.

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My "bad", I google searched the correct part number, but when it took me to Partzilla the part number for the fronts was the same except for the last three digits -- forcing them to show the correct part matches what you quote.
For what it's worth, I'm on board with your price suggestion! ?
 

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Nope. But those expensive bolts are said to be needed to replaced due to the air curing locker agent wearing. VibraTite VC-3 can be applied and allowed to cure before replacing the bolts, that product seems to be a little stronger than what Honda used or I got it on a little thicker - a tiny bit goes far.

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I reused those bolts..just added a little blue loctite to the threads
 

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My 18 Tour DCT has 16,051 miles on it and I am replacing both sides front pads. Mine was showing signs of the left inside pad wearing faster than the outside, but I couldn't get any interest in the dealer to do anything about it. I bought an extra set of front brake pads a while back so I would have some if I needed them. While doing the 16,000 mile service last week I removed the pads and measured them. The inside I had 1mm left and the outside had 2mm remaining. Each side was the same. I was really surprised because usually one side that is activated with the front brake will wear faster than the other, but since this front brake system is different that the older Wings, they are wearing about the same. I did notice the manual says they don't need to be replaced until they get to the bottom of the wear grooves, but 1mm is still showing the lines and I don't want to have to keep checking them every week to see when the lines are gone and take a chance of ruining my rotors.
My plan now is with new brakes on both sides, at 24,000 miles I will remove the pads and swap the pads on each side. Take the inside pad and put it on the outside, and the outside, put on the inside. Do that for both sides. I am hoping by the time I get to 32,000 miles the pads will have even wear and I can judge then how long I can let them go before replacing them.
I got my front pads at the local Honda dealer and they are $67.34 OTD for each set.
 

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I did the same as Roadie.
That is a common solution (pardon the pun). The VibraTite VC-3 appears to be the same/similar air curing substance as used by Honda on those and some other "alox" treated bolts.

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Changed mine at 10K. The inner left pad was almost completely gone. Didn't want to ruin the rotor this riding season. The right side was wearing even. Maybe it's my riding style, I only use my rear brake 75% of the time, but I'm not aggressive at all with my riding. I don't know which side on the front the rear pedal uses, maybe that caused the uneven wear. IDK
Another thing I've noticed is the really bad dusting with the new wings pads. I think Honda went with a softer pad material.
My old Goldwings pads lasted at least 40 to 50K miles, but it was the floating style caliper.
Maybe Honda should have stayed with that design on the front.
 

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My experience was with a 05 Goldwing, bought aftermarket pads, did NOT stop like OEM. Switched back to Honda pads after only 3000 miles, difference of night and day in stopping distance and feel.
Just my 2 cents. Have not had my new wing long enough to check pads.
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Inthewind, on the 2018+ the hand brake activates the lower pistons of the front calipers. The foot brake activates the top pistons of the front calipers and the rear caliper. The previous generation was more complicated and I forget which does all or some of what, ;-)

It seems that different owners are reporting different patterns of uneven wear. When replacing pads, I plan on a thorough cleaning of the calipers and a very light lube of the grooves in the calipers where in the "ears" of the pads slide. Probably use a cotton swab applicator with a little copper anti-sieze as lube since that stuff is not so bad to collect grime.

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