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Old 04-18-2006, 08:52 PM   #1
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Default Need to replace front rotors/pads on 2002 OBS - Need Advice!

I have a 2002 Impreza Outback Sport and have been out of the country almost the past two years, and in my absence the car has been only driven very occasionally and the front brake rotors are shot - rusted and flaking. The car is now out of warranty so I will be paying to replace the rotors and pads upon my return this month. My question is this:

Is there a reasonable aftermarket rotor/pad I should buy and have installed rather than just pay for the stock ones? I presume if I just go in and have them install the stock parts it'll be fairly pricey to begin with, so I'd much prefer to get a higher quality rotor and pad combo if I could do so for near the same price.

Any advice on basic slotted (or drilled) rotors that I should go with and pads as well? These have to be standard stuff that will fit exactly with no modification. I've had a look around the Tire Rack, but haven't been 100% convinced yet, so I'd love some help.

Many thanks,
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Old 04-20-2006, 02:46 PM   #2
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Okay, here's my proposed setup: Brembo Slotted rotors with Hawk Ceramic Pads - which can be sourced through the tirerack for less than my Subaru dealer wants to just for the parts to replace the stock rotors and pads. Is this the answer? Better braking at the same price?

Another question: Will I need to order shims and sleeves as well, or will the subaru dealer have the necessary parts on hand? I still plan on having my dealer install them... Thanks!
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Old 04-23-2006, 07:22 PM   #3
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where's all the brake experts?
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Old 04-23-2006, 11:29 PM   #4
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just get plain rotors - and those pads
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Old 04-24-2006, 07:36 AM   #5
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tom- brembo blanks and some good pads are all you need. while you are at it, you can upgrade to WRX sized rotors if you use 02 wrx brake caliper brackets- it's a very good improvement in braking power (10.4 to 11.2" rotor if I remember correctly)
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Old 04-24-2006, 09:04 AM   #6
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Unless you have specific needs - track days, rallys, very hard mountain driving - I'd stick with stock everything. They are relatively inexpensive, and if you switch to a performance pads, you'll need to compromise with noise/dust.

With my WRX and now the STi, I use stock rotors/pads except during track days, when I swap them out. The OEM stuff are more than adequate for street use, even more pretty aggressive driving style.
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Old 04-24-2006, 06:16 PM   #7
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if you get subaru pads, they come with the clips (metal pieces that hold the pad in) a lot of aftermarket pads do not come with these.... and they are $5 a piece from the stealership. just an fyi
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