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Old 05-04-2021, 03:15 AM   #1
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Default What rotors and pads would be best on a 2006 WRX Sti?

Time for a brake change. Just wondering what rotors and pads would be best for the 06 STI?

I heard OEM is extremely expensive
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Old 05-04-2021, 05:52 AM   #2
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Depends on how you drive, where you drive, and how much dust you want to deal with. STi is more expensive in general because of the size of the rotors and pads. Go to:
KNSbrakes.com
Take a look at what Ken sells and reach out to him with any questions and preferences. He will give you good advice.

If it's just a street car, no mods or lightly modded and you don't drive aggressively too often, then Centric rotors are good quality as well as affordable and Stoptech Street pads are low noise, low/moderate dust and quite affordable.
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Old 05-04-2021, 05:59 AM   #3
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I used to go with Centric rotors and Stoptech Street pads, they performed awesomely for weekend canyon runs but the pads did generate a lot of dust. If you want low dust look for a ceramic pad but it will sacrifice performance.
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Old 05-04-2021, 08:19 AM   #4
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Don't waste your money on slotted or drilled rotors unless you REALLY like the way they look. You will get absolutely 0 performance value from them. Just buy blanks, if you even need them.

Pads are another story but your brakes only work as well as your tires are sticky. So if you get a really nice pad but you have crap tires, you're not going to stop any faster/better.

I have Hawk HP+ on my autoX car that I drive to and from the site and the occasional weekend drive and they work well enough to engage the ABS on dry hot asphalt with 200TW (read: sticky) tires - so pretty well.

I have carbotech pads when I take it to the track - they are absolutely killer and I cannot recommend them enough.
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Old 05-04-2021, 08:57 AM   #5
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On pads, for autocross, normal driving and occasional track use, Hawk HPS work well. They are near OEM and won't fall apart with track use. The don't require a lap on the brake to heat them up. HP+ are a good moderate track day pad but work best when you stay on the brake for the first warm up lap to get them hot.

If you call Carbotech, an engineer will ask for the power and weight of your car and suggest appropriate pads for your use.

When I tracked and instructed a lot, I ran Carbotech as they recommended on my racecar. Hawk HPS on the rear of my Legacy GT and OEM Subaru pads on the front.

Rotors: Buy the cheapest solid, vented blanks you can find. Autozone is fine, Brembo is not as expensive as you'd think. A bunch of us tested everything you can think of some years ago and came to the conclusion that you don't get what you pay for. We saw big dollar rotors crack at Lime Rock and cheap (I paid $12 each for my CRX) Autozone rotors last for 5 years.

There are, of course lots of pad choices. Don't gravitate towards track day pads if you're not constantly on the track. The more hard core they are, the more they do absolutely zero until they get really hot.
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Old 05-04-2021, 09:15 AM   #6
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+1 for Stoptech/Centric street pads and rotors. Great bang for the buck but dusty bois to be sure
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Old 05-04-2021, 10:31 AM   #7
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+1 for Stoptech/Centric street pads and rotors. Great bang for the buck but dusty bois to be sure
I also run these. The only issue I had was with any significant amount of left foot braking they will fade and when they do its scary because then your brakes are just gone until they cool down.

They have lasted a long time too but do create lots of dust. One of the best tools for cleaning rims is actually a cheap bottle brush youd get for your kitchen.
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Old 05-04-2021, 12:18 PM   #8
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Depends on how you drive, where you drive, and how much dust you want to deal with. STi is more expensive in general because of the size of the rotors and pads. Go to:
KNSbrakes.com
Take a look at what Ken sells and reach out to him with any questions and preferences. He will give you good advice.
/\ This. I spoke with Ken and he was easy to talk to and pretty straight forward in his recommendations.
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Old 05-04-2021, 02:17 PM   #9
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+1 for Hawk HPS pads. HP+ if all you do is track it and you don't mind replacing rotors every time you replace pads lol.
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Old 05-04-2021, 05:03 PM   #10
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So far I have tried StopTech and EBC Brakes and I can say the EBC Brakes were better than the StopTech but also more expensive. I used the EBC Brakes BSD Series Sport V-Slotted paired with the EBC Yellow Stuff pads.
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