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Old 08-21-2021, 10:42 AM   #1
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I will be doing a STI (Brembo) front brake swap and I heard that the OE brake pads are very dusty (and expensive) so I am looking into the Stoptech "Street" pads. Has anyone use these pads before? Do I need the shims that the OE pads comes with?

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Old 08-21-2021, 11:10 PM   #2
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I have the StopTech Sport+ pads in front on my '17 OB, and Sport pads in the rear. They came with all the necessary hardware. They have very good initial bite, are easy to modulate, and fade much less than the OEM pads. I haven't noticed appreciable dust. They're the best street pad I've come across.
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Old 08-25-2021, 03:05 AM   #3
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If you are strictly sticking to street driving (no tracking!), then the Stoptechs should be fine. I run the pad compound (for my street setup on my FHI 4/2 pots) before they either rebranded or introduced this compound, and you need to occasionally be a bit hard on the brakes to help reduce buildup/ jutter on your rotors. Other options are Hawk HPS or HPS 5.0 (or similar), which are a relatively aggressive street pad.

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Old 08-25-2021, 05:37 AM   #4
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Default Brake Pads (Brembo Calipers)

I’m running Centric PosiQuiet Ceramic pads on both my cars now. They are awesome for street use, no dust and are very responsive. They take a little longer to break in compared to any other pad I ever tried but once they are fully beaded they perform amazing. They are very reasonably priced, they come with shims built in but you’ll still need to use the odd shaped shims that originally come with the Brembo in addition to the shims that come on the centric pads. Make sure to get the Ceramic compound if you decide to try them out.

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Old 08-25-2021, 10:11 AM   #5
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I like Hawk HPS and HPS 5.0's over StopTechs.

15 yrs on Hawks now (primarily) but I've tried other pads over the years. Right now I have 5.0's on my LGT and STI.

I find that Hawk pads to stop a little better and dust a little less, but StopTechs are decent pads too and worth trying.
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Old 08-25-2021, 11:58 AM   #6
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The Hawk HPS have 2 issues: they dust heavily, and the first cold stop of the day can be "exciting" because the grip isn't there until they warm up. The PosiQuiets are good street pads, but they will fade under heavy use. The StopTech Sport+ is almost a track pad with very good grip although they fad a bit under heavy use, although much less than the PosiQuiets. I've lived with all 3 and strongly prefer the StopTechs, and could be satisfied with the PosiQuiets for normal street use; the HPS i would definitely not recommend.
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Old 08-26-2021, 09:48 AM   #7
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The Hawk HPS have 2 issues: they dust heavily, and the first cold stop of the day can be "exciting" because the grip isn't there until they warm up. The PosiQuiets are good street pads, but they will fade under heavy use. The StopTech Sport+ is almost a track pad with very good grip although they fad a bit under heavy use, although much less than the PosiQuiets. I've lived with all 3 and strongly prefer the StopTechs, and could be satisfied with the PosiQuiets for normal street use; the HPS i would definitely not recommend.
Ok. Not in my experience however. Dusting hasn't been a significant issue. I've been running them for upwards of 15 years on multiple cars, so I guess we've had different experiences. I'm pretty hard on my brakes as well. I live in CA, so maybe its not cold enough here to get that first stop "excitement". Coldest it usually gets here is about 37*.

I don't recommend ceramic pads at all for spirited street use, but everyone has their preference.

The beauty of it all. Pads are pretty inexpensive, except for OEM's which are egregiously priced. So its easy to test and find the right pad.
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