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Old 12-15-2006, 08:36 PM   #1
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Default Two sets of pads and rotors

I know it's "best" to resurface rotors and rebed pads whenever the pads are changed. Some have said that's "it's ok" to switch between pads of similar compounds.

My car is my everything car. I need to daily drive it, drive it to the event, participate, then drive it home. I don't get to events often so I want the pleasantness, no noise, lowlow dust nice pads. But when I do, I want to avoid fade as I see that as a safety item.

If I keep a set of rotors for my nice pads, and a separate set of rotors for my HawkHP+ or whatever pads (both of which have been properly bedded with their respective mate), then would this be ok and get something closer to "ideal"?

I understand that the mating processes will be a little off as the remounted rotor/pads will be different than previously; but I'm guessing not by enough to really matter that much.

I'm also planning to just keep Motul600 or whatever as fluid 100% of the time as other that price, I don't know of any daily drive drawbacks.

Is this a reasonable plan? Please let me know/correct me.
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Old 12-15-2006, 10:02 PM   #2
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That is an expensive, but very good plan.
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Old 12-15-2006, 10:32 PM   #3
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That'll work just fine, and is the technique that a lot of people who open track their daily driver use.

And FWIW, you don't need to resurface your rotors when you switch pads. A quick pass with a 3M Scotchbrite pad to remove the bedded pad material and you're good to go. Takes all of 2min. I haven't resurfaced a set of rotors on either of my cars in I think 6 years.

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Old 12-15-2006, 10:32 PM   #4
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That is an expensive, but very good plan.
Is it really though? I figure in the long run, it's actually cheaper.

If I only used one set of rotors, I'd have to keep having them turned. Do this enough, and you've paid for another set. Since I would have two sets, then theoretically there is the same or more use out of the two sets than buying one set at a time sequentially, especially since material is always wasted when turning.

Higher cost upfront, lower cost in the long run.
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Old 12-15-2006, 10:34 PM   #5
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That'll work just fine, and is the technique that a lot of people who open track their daily driver use.

And FWIW, you don't need to resurface your rotors when you switch pads. A quick pass with a 3M Scotchbrite pad to remove the bedded pad material and you're good to go. Takes all of 2min. I haven't resurfaced a set of rotors on either of my cars in I think 6 years.

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Oh cool.. forget the extra rotor, I'm just gonna cheap out with a scotchbrite.

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Old 12-16-2006, 08:55 PM   #6
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if you're doing track... why not go for a more agressive track pad? rather than using the HP+....

btw, i do this too..... change pads / usually rotors at the track.... my 04-06 solo2 pads are crap at the track.... so I didn't have a choice.... I use porterfield R4 for track (once they're done, probably switch to hawk black/ht10).
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if you're doing track... why not go for a more agressive track pad? rather than using the HP+....
Yeah... I'd go for any pad. I just said HP+ because that's what I was thinking before this 2 rotor idea.
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I've done both, but if you can swing it, and don't mind the swapping each time, get a dedicated set of rotors and pads for the track. You're street rotors and pads will last MUCH longer, and you'll have a well bedded set of rotors and pads for the track. I did this with my Stoptechs on the old wagon. I haven't done it on the STI because I don't drive it on the street much, but eventually I will go that route.
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