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Here's a pic of the brake shoes I got back from Europe relined with race compound. Pics make the stuff look blue...actually it's kind of green.
Shown are a T500 shoes and a Honda 305/450 shoe.
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John,

Do they arc them for your drum diameter? They look a little fuzzy to me, like you'd need to pick the lint off before you installed them. What was the cost with freight and all?

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Mike,
Yeah they are a little fuzzy, edges still need to be finished...they don't chamfer the leading edge or any of that...they are just a volume relining business. I arc them to drums in my shop...can only do up to 200mm right now. (will be bidding on a larger lathe shortly).
Haven't turned one yet so I'm not sure how it will go...I'll be installing a set on Mary's 200gp bike (305/450)...hopefully I'll get Zack on it sometime this year for some feedback.

I'm going to be selling them for probably $75 a set...assuming they work the way I expect.

Shipping is still stupid expensive...I've got to talk to their shipping dept. Cost me about $35 to send a box of shoes (four sets) over air mail...cost me about $50 to have them return....via surface ship...about six weeks! Obviously they didn't shop around for rates.

I'll probably be sending them another half dozen shoe sets as soon as I get a feel for how these are going to work. The quality of workmanship is pretty good...not VB attention to detail...but pretty nice. After checking out my VB T500 front brake after two years of hard braking I wanted to find a place that bonds the liners...I'm not real happy with what rivet holes do to the surface of the drum (wavy), plus I'm looking to pick up the extra contact area provided when you don't have eight to ten rivet holes. Not to mention something a bit cheaper than VB.
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so youre paying for us to run those brakes??? 50 to get, 35 to send. talk about bad math. how much really??

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Joe....you've slipped back into whatever language it is you speak when you are not speaking English.
They should cost about $75 a set.
They cost me $35 to send them to Europe...$50 to get them sent back. So my shipping costs were $85 for the lot.
Drink less...read more.
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oh, it was 4 sets you sent. that cost ya 85. so like just ovr 20 a set. then lining. that makes a little more sense. i didnt see the 4 sets part. still seems like too god of a deal. im presuming thats unturned??

and you know, ask aaron about bonding brake material, he told me at vir super glue was his favorite method.


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Joe,
Yeah that's probably unturned. I keep backing plates around for 305/450, CB350, CB175, CB160 so I can turn the shoes without a customers backing plate being shipped to me.
It's going to depend on how easy they turn....some materials turn real easy...other compounds you have to be real careful...they will all of a sudden grab the cutting tool and self destruct. If these like to self destruct I'll probably have to get a small charge for turning them to cover the 1 out of 20 that self destruct.

Anyway...turning is really pretty quick and easy if everything goes well....so I'd only want about $10 to turn them.

Hopefully I'll be able to turn 200mm drums if I get the lathe I'm going to bid on.
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