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Old 02-11-2005, 03:03 PM   #1
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Default Best reasonable priced brake pads for WRX

I have a WRX wagon that I use as a daily driver. It's got close to 50k miles on it and might be close to a pad change. I haven't actually checked; I'm just preparing.

Looking for info on the best replacement pads for the car. I use it daily for communting but I like to thrash it every once in awhile. Maybe the OEM pads are best. Just looking for opinons. And places where I can buy them cheap.

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Old 02-11-2005, 05:01 PM   #2
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I just went with the OEM pads. They did the job just fine for the first 60k miles... And they're pretty cheap.

I don't think you really need to upgrade unless you do a lot of auto-xing or club racing.
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Old 02-11-2005, 05:26 PM   #3
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How much are the OEM pads? I know I could find out quick online but I was wondering what people are paying.
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Old 02-11-2005, 06:51 PM   #4
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I went with KVR carbon kevlar pads. Great stopping, no fade and very minimal dust. A great upgrade. They were $70 Canadian. Also upgraded to Motul 5.1 and SS lines. I got them from PDM racing. http://www.pdm-racing.com/

I use the car for commuting, RallyX and TSD.
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Old 02-11-2005, 07:36 PM   #5
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OEM pads come with all necessary hardware and copper grease. If you buy aftermarket pads, be sure to order a hardware kit as well. I personally really like PBR/Axxess pads. I have PBR MetalMaster on my 2.5RS and like them better than stock. Noticeable difference in braking performance. PBR Ultra pads are supposed to be even better, although I have not tried them. I run MetalMasters on all my cars.

I changed original pads on my 2.5RS at 92k miles. Probably could have gone longer. It all depends on the kind of driving you do.
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Old 02-12-2005, 07:45 AM   #6
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I went with KVR carbon kevlar pads. Great stopping, no fade and very minimal dust. I use the car for commuting, RallyX and TSD.
i've run KVR's
they're a carbon kevlar SEMI-metallic pad not straight carbon kevlar

and they dust....
yes perhaps it's less than most...
but they dust like any other aftermarket metalmaster pad
metal masters are inexpensive, but can be very squeaky and dusty.


for your application consider OEM's (approx $70)

or maybe even the new EBC Ceramics (approx $80)

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Old 02-12-2005, 12:37 PM   #7
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Is that $70 per pad or $70 for 4?
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Old 02-12-2005, 12:58 PM   #8
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That's per car end, all parts included, plus instructions. Give the counter guy the VIN and he will fetch the right ones super quick. Or go to subaruparts.com, if you have the time.
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I just hit 52k and my pads and rotors are both shot so i just ordered this kit.
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Old 02-15-2005, 09:54 AM   #10
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if you don't track your car, there's really no need to go beyond the stocker. i tried the axxis ultimate, and on the street, they were not much better then the stocker. even if you do occassional canyon runs, i'd stick w/the stocker and upgrade to ss lines and better fluid
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Old 02-15-2005, 10:03 AM   #11
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How tough is it to install ss brake lines? How much do they cost? What's a good brand? Also, what kind of fluid is better?

I've never done any brake work beyond Rotors and calipers (on Hondas - never messed with my WRX).

Also, is it possible to check the pad wear without taking the wheels off (WRX)? If someone could post a picture I would be eternally grateful.
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Old 02-15-2005, 10:52 AM   #12
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Lines are a pain to change I think. They just take a lot of time and you NEED a 10mm flare wrench for the brake line nut or you are in for a world of hurt. Everyone uses Goodridge for brake lines. Everyone recommends these lines and when I got them I noticed zero improvement. Since I paid $0 for them, maybe my cost/benefit analysis may be jaded.

Get any old fluid as long as it meet the spec in your owner's manual. I used Castrol LMA as it pretty good and English fluids are always better. Unless you swap fluid like your underwear or track your car, brake fluid is brake fluid.

I have to hide now before the "brake dorks" attack me.
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Old 02-15-2005, 01:42 PM   #13
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I bought OEM pads for $140, $70 for the front, $70 for the rear. But i haven't put them on yet... The original pads have lasted 54k miles and they're probably just past half worn by now. I check them every time i rotate my tires (3k miles).
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Old 02-15-2005, 06:49 PM   #14
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I have goodridge lines and bought Carbotech bobcat pads on OEM rotors and they work great for the street. Pretty cheap and noticeable improvement over stock setup.

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And there was me thinking all along I was using special NASA tested bullet proof pads

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Originally Posted by Subie Gal
i've run KVR's
they're a carbon kevlar SEMI-metallic pad not straight carbon kevlar

and they dust....
yes perhaps it's less than most...
but they dust like any other aftermarket metalmaster pad
metal masters are inexpensive, but can be very squeaky and dusty.


for your application consider OEM's (approx $70)

or maybe even the new EBC Ceramics (approx $80)

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