Use and Safety

Use and Safety Information- Matrix Brakes can be contacted directly for additional questions at 906-337-3018.

Approved Brake Pads are Required: Motorcycle Brake Kits, manufactured by FTF, LLC represents a substantial advance over the prior art in materials science and engineering. The performance characteristics and service life of the Matrix Rotor have been tested for use with particular materials and brake pads that are compatible with the Matrix Rotor.

The use of unapproved brake pads with a Matrix Rotor may result in uncharacteristic, unpredictable or dangerous performance, loss of control, and damage to the brake rotor and/or mechanism. Therefore, the purchase of a Matrix Rotor shall also include the purchase of Matrix Brake approved brake pads, and all replacement brake pads shall be Matrix Brake approved brake pads. All warranties, explicit or implied are void if unapproved brake pads are used with the Matrix Rotor.

Disc Life, Maximum Wear, Alignment:

A variety of factors affect the performance and usable lifespan of a disc brake rotor, including but not limited to: vehicle weight, driving style, vehicle usage, brake pad material, environmental conditions (e.g., climate, exposure to salt, extreme temperature conditions, etc.), and many other factors. Therefore, it is important to periodically check disc rotor wear by measuring the thickness of the disc. A new Matrix Rotor is 6.0 mm (.2362”) thick between the wear surfaces, and the minimum thickness is 5.0 mm (.1969”). The rotor must be replaced if the disc is at any point worn or reduced to a thickness below 5.0 mm.

Mounting the Rotor:

Torque the rotor mounting bolts to OEM recommended values using Blue Loctite (part no. 242) or equivalent. Mount the rotor in the proper forward rotating direction.

Caliper Alignment:

Caliper alignment is critical to proper disc brake operation. Therefore, the caliper must be properly aligned in relationship to the rotor center line. This means that misalignment between the disc and the caliper shall not exceed a Maximum of 0.15 mm (0.005906”). The clearance between caliper bridge and the outer circumference of the disc must be a Minimum of 2 mm (0.07874”), with a difference between the entry and exit sides of the caliper being a Maximum of 0.4 mm (0.01575”).

Safety Basics: Minimum Test Procedure


Make sure lever is firm: Hold firm pressure on brake lever for several minutes, it should remain in position without sinking. If lever sinks, check system for fluid leaks. DO NOT drive motorcycle if lever does not stay firm or can be pushed to handle bar with normal pressure.

At very low speed (2-5 mph) apply brakes hard several times while turning steering from full left to full right, repeat several times. Remove the wheels and check that components are not touching, rubbing, or leaking.

Carefully examine all brake components, brake lines, and fittings for leaks and interference.

Make sure there is no interference with wheels or suspension components.

Drive motorcycle at low speed (15-20 mph) making moderate and hard stops. Brakes should feel normal and positive. Again check for leaks and interference.

Always test your motorcycle in a safe place where there is no danger to (or from) other people or vehicles.