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Old 09-08-2005, 10:20 PM   #1
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Impreza WRX STi brake pads upgrade for STi '04

What's the best pads out there for my '04 STi? There's just too many to choose from. Thanks.
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Old 09-09-2005, 08:35 AM   #2
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It really depends on how you use the car. Street only? Some autocross? Some track? Give us some more details and folks can let you know what would be the best setup for your car.
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Old 09-09-2005, 09:04 AM   #3
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I'll tack onto this thread instead of starting my own, since I have the same question. Street use only, perhaps some 'spirited' driving (I live in Colorado, those mountain roads are oh so close!), but it's getting close to winter, so I'd prefer to stay away from pads that require lots of heat to work right. I saw some great prices on Project Mu pads - are those decent (tried searching, returned eleventy billion hits that didn't really match what I was looking for)?
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Old 09-09-2005, 09:25 AM   #4
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There is no one answer.

For street/autox, I like Carbotech Bobcats.
For track with street tires I like Carbotech XP8s.
For track with race tires I'd use XP9s.

Bobcats have good bite, good fade resistance (for a street pad), low dust and no squealing (at least for me).
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Old 09-09-2005, 10:41 PM   #5
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Pagid Rs 4-2 for street.
Pagid Rs 4-2-1 for track days
Pagid Rs 19 for good drivers and upgraded rotors.

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Old 09-10-2005, 02:19 PM   #6
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Quote:
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There is no one answer.

For street/autox, I like Carbotech Bobcats.
For track with street tires I like Carbotech XP8s.
For track with race tires I'd use XP9s.

Bobcats have good bite, good fade resistance (for a street pad), low dust and no squealing (at least for me).
Agreed. I'm happy with the rear bobcats. Actually I'm happy with them all the way around but I've replaced the fronts once already and am about to do it again. I use a lot more brake than engine braking on purpose (this tranny is way to heavy to be installing new clutches all the time) so I think I abuse the brakes a little bit more than is really needed.

Compared to the stock brembo pad, the fade is nil. I'm sure they have a point, but I've never met it. And they don't require heat, or they get what they need right away. My driving style is "spirited" around curvy country roads. Hard breaking on straight sections of open highway after a quick logging gear pull. (where most of my front is probably dissapearing) And Auto-xing.

They might groove the rotors a tiny bit more than stockers, but the price of replacement stock rotors 100k miles down the road is a lot smaller than the price of brakes not doing their job at an inopportune time.

They are a little slick after pulling out of a carwash. But most will be. A double pump is all they'll need to clear the moisture. I've found they are a little prone to glazing, even when following the break-in procedure to the T. I'd break them in, then pull them and scuff them gently (either on a belt sander or as Biggly taught me, on concrete.) The rears screamed at me for a month after I first put them in, not knowing that a scuffing would fix that.

If you've changed other brakes before, and do the job yourself (and you should) you'll be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is.

I am curious about the Cobb pads if anyone's tried them. You are pretty close to their shop as far as shipping is concerned.
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Old 09-11-2005, 12:08 PM   #7
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Another vote for the Bobcats on the street and switching to the Panther Plus for track days.
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