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Old 08-12-2003, 07:52 PM   #1
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Default Available pads for Brembos

Someone said this was covered but I am unable to uncover the thread. (Maybe because I'm a 'tard and am using the wrong words or wrong spellings)...in any case..I am wondering what brake pads are available as options to fit the Brembos. Any good recommendations for solid street/mild competition pads?

I have checked Ferodo, Porterfield etc but am unable to locate a sure fitment. Any help appreciated.
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Old 08-12-2003, 09:41 PM   #2
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Ask for the Porterfield "R4S" (The 'S' is for street vs. pure race) pad in the following designs:
Fronts: FMSI# 781
Rears: FMSI# 109

Get them milled to 14mm thick if you want to use your stock shims. 15mm aught to work without the shims.

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Old 08-12-2003, 10:04 PM   #3
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I have been using Porterfields on my WRX with the JDM 4-piston calipers and I have been very happy with them. They stop great, they don't make TOO much dust, and don't heat soak too fast (like some GREEN pads I tried .)

After they get to be about 1/2 worn, they can start to heat soak and glaze and squeal. I just put in new pads (the same ones) this morning before work after 18,000 miles.

But... question... stock STi/Brembo pads not good enough????

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Old 08-12-2003, 10:47 PM   #4
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I keep a set of Endless CC-X pads in stock at all times.
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Old 08-12-2003, 10:53 PM   #5
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the stock pads work well,but they are way too dusty for a street car that one wants to keep clean
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Old 08-12-2003, 11:09 PM   #6
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I believe Carbotech has started making pads for the STi fitment. Best pads you can buy, hands down.

www.carbotecheng.com or PM carbotechMatt on the board.
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Old 08-13-2003, 01:54 AM   #7
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The answer to you question is on page 2. Read thru the whole post for lots of info.

One of my track days. DCCD works great. I noticed a change in handling with every position.
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Old 08-13-2003, 01:58 AM   #8
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At the risk of starting yet another Pad War...

Carbotech's are great... but the racers I know swear by Performance Friction.

When I used StopTechs on my WRX, I used Carbotech Panther Pluses... They didn't fade on the track, but had a disconcerting variation in bite during the same stop. Coming off the straight, they'd initially grab fine... then, as I slowed, they'd grab harder & harder. Finally, when I was slowed and started releasing the brake, they held longer than expected.

However, I'm going to try them again on the STi Brembos. But again, from what I hear from my racing buddies, Performance Friction is the pad to use. They're more expensive, but when you want the very best, you have to pay a little more.

I'll be trying these myself in a few months.

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