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Old 11-17-2010, 03:15 PM   #1
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Default Need help selecting new pads for my car

I have not had any problems with brake fade until last weekend I went on a canyon run and experienced brake fade going down a very long, very steep hill. Thankfully they didnt fade until the very end of the hill and was able to get stopped and let them cool off. So I am looking for a better pad to run on my car, its about time to replace the front ones anyway. I wont be doing very many canyon runs but will be doing more of them every now and then, and I do not want to experience that feeling of not being able to stop again. My car is a daily driver, it will not be seeing any auto-x or race type events. I also want to keep the spending to under $100.00 dollar range. I'd like them to be easy on the rotors, and minimal dust would be nice also. So if you guys can suggest some pads for me that would be great.

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02 wrx w/ stage 2 tune.
Stock calipers and rotors.
the pads that are currently on the car was on when I bought it, they are some kind of aftermarket pad. probably something really cheap.
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Old 11-17-2010, 03:29 PM   #2
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hawk cermaics work well, but will faid but offer a little less brake dust. hawk hps bite fairly well but are louder and with more brakedust. I did a canyon run to on my stock pads and they faded like a mother. Idk sucks that we have little brakes
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Old 11-17-2010, 03:35 PM   #3
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How about the stoptech pads I read a couple good reviews on them,
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Old 11-17-2010, 03:39 PM   #4
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This is why we don't race down hills.

I don't think you're going to find what you're looking for for a hundred bucks.
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Old 11-17-2010, 04:46 PM   #5
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Either the Stoptech Street performance pads or the Hawk HPS would suit you just fine. They produce a little bit of dust but that's what you get if you don't want the pad to fade.

If you are that worried about cleaning your wheel then the Hawk performance Ceramic pads will do ok but they will not be ass aggressive or have the Temp. range that the other pads have.

Feel free to give me a call or PM if you have anymore questions.

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Old 11-17-2010, 04:58 PM   #6
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If you are still on the factory rotor size for the rear then you should really consider upgrading to the H6 Rear Brakes. It's a very cheap upgrade that makes a HUGE difference with the braking capabilities of the car.

Not sure what kind of mileage is on your car, but depending on your budget I'd recommend upgrading pads, rotors & fluid. You can upgrade to SS Brake Lines as well if you want to (or have budget for it), but at least getting good pads, rotors & fluid with the H6 Rear upgrade will definitely be an improvement for the car.

My current setup is this:
Porterfield R4-S Pads Front & Rear
Centric Cryo-treated front rotors
Centric Non-Cryo-treated rear rotors
Motul RBF600 Fluid
COBB stainless steel lines all around
H6 Rear Brake upgrade

For street driving I have loved my setup. Very consistent stopping with minimal brake dust that is quite easy to clean off the wheels. Honestly, I can wash my wheels and about 2 weeks later after stop & go traffic and a 50 mile daily commute my wheels tend to still look clean.
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