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Old 06-01-2013, 02:47 PM   #51
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I really think you can't go wrong with any of the mentioned pads / fluids. All will kill the stock setup and its more brand loyalty or minor preferences.
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Old 07-06-2013, 11:54 AM   #52
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Just thought I'd post some related data to this thread.

I went with HP Plus pads when initially setting up my '08 WRX as an STX car. I never would have tried this with my '02 WRX, as that car constantly went into ice mode with aggressive brake pads (or at the slightest surface irregularity or other provocation). However, the ABS on the '08 is far better, so I went with the HP Plus, which has been my favorite autocross pad for years. Everything worked fine for the first couple events, but last weekend in Milwaukee, the combination of a long course and driving with a co-driver revealed a critical problem with the HP Plus. Once the pads got hot, they actually had too much bite. By our last run in each heat, Preston and I were invoking ABS at just about every corner entry. So, I loved the bite of the HP Plus, but it's simply too much pad for our WRX with street tires and a co-driver.

So, I'm switching to Stoptech pads, which bite better than the highly overrated HPS, but will be a lot milder than the HP Plus. As a bonus, they're downright cheap in comparison to Hawk, Ferodo, Carbotech, etc.

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Old 07-07-2013, 08:49 AM   #53
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I just switched to the Carbotech AX6. Awesome bite and good at all temps for autocross. However I found myself over braking for turns. Once I relearn that they should be good. I always feel more confident going banzai on a fast course if I know my brakes can take it. Only complaint is the dust. It doesn't come off as easily as the XP8 s on my old car.

PS anyone have recommendations for removing stuck on dust. Simple green, mequires hot rims and too gone are not working.
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Old 07-07-2013, 08:39 PM   #54
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If its baked into the paint, nothing will remove it. Thats why I have track tires/wheels.
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Old 08-23-2013, 08:09 AM   #55
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PS anyone have recommendations for removing stuck on dust. Simple green, mequires hot rims and too gone are not working.

Only thing I found to work is the Sonax cleaner.
http://www.detailersdomain.com/Sonax...0ml_p_324.html

I got the 6 pack last year and I still have 3 bottles left.
http://www.detailersdomain.com/Sonax...ack_p_639.html
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Old 08-23-2013, 09:00 AM   #56
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^^^ that stuff is amazing for cleaning stuck on brake dust!

Also for the folks that think the HP+ is some super aggressive had thats a good one.

Ive been running the HP+ for close to 7 years fulltime. lots of heavey autox, some light duty trackday driving.

The reason im posting this though is i run them through upstate NY winter where it gets down to 10*F. I have yet to have a issue with "not being able to stop" Everytime I hear someone say they are track only pads I quietly chuckle to myself...
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Old 08-23-2013, 04:55 PM   #57
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I run the Stoptech Street Performance pads on my 06 with o.e. rotors. I like the modulation and low noise. More dust than o.e., but not terrible. I have found them to take just a touch of heat to work well. A couple times I've overshot the first turn at an autocross because there was no temp in them yet.
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Old 08-24-2013, 09:23 AM   #58
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Stoptech street pad are a great pad for street/autox/rallyx use. We ran them on my ladies 06 wrx before she bought a 2013. I also put them on my moms 2010 forester x. Mom and my younger brother love them. +1 for the modulation
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Old 08-25-2013, 12:19 AM   #59
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I use the stoptechs as mentioned earlier in this thread. I do drag the brakes before the start line before the first run when I go first such as Pro Solos.
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Old 08-25-2013, 08:17 AM   #60
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I use the stoptech performance pads as well. For the price they are hard to beat.

I'm looking for something a little better now that I want to do some track days. I like the carbotech AX6 I just don't know if they would be good enough for a track day too. The XP8's and XP10's would be good but they sure are expensive!

Why are WRX brakes almost the same price as STi brembo pads?!
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Old 08-26-2013, 11:55 AM   #61
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Good pads cost money. My favorite dual use pad of all time, the Ferodo DS2500, is very expensive but outlasted so many other pads on my Z06 with many less side effects than those others.
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Old 09-11-2013, 01:18 PM   #62
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Why are WRX brakes almost the same price as STi brembo pads?!
The vast majority of the cost of aftermarket brakes is R&D, overhead, and marketing. The minimal amount of extra material in an STi pad is a drop in the bucket of the overall cost.
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