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Old 03-13-2012, 05:34 PM   #1
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Brake Pads

I am in need of new brakes, and I have done some research on brake pads, but ultimately cannot decide on which ones to get. These will be for city/highway driving only, possibly some spirited driving, but no track or autox time. Also, I would like to see less brake dust (compared to OEM European pads).

Any opinions on ceramics vs semi metallics?

Currently I am leaning towards Centric Posi Quiet (ceramic or semi met) or Stoptech Street Performance (overkill for city driving?). I also know Hawks has a lot of products to offer as well.

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Just stick with Raybesto's Service Grade line pads, they'll do fine.
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could you tell us what vehicle you have?
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If you don't mind changing your rotors all the time, sure.
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OEM - PAGID/TEXTAR pads. they work great, bite hard, but the drawback is the amount of dust they produce.

another alternative that I use on my own and my familys european cars...

Akebono Euro Ceramic pads. You might end up paying more, but its worth it. Very minimal brake dust, more longevity, and I feel that they perform great for normal day use, as well as spirited driving.
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You can get Textar pads from Lordco btw.
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I'm using Hawk Racing HPS pads right now on my Type R and the bite is nice but honestly, I would stick with something closer to OEM next time. They dust a fair bit and it's a weird brown dust... Not the greatest look when it's all caked onto my white wheels...
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I use hawk hps too. Completely agree with above
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Also check your thickness of your rotors before you change / order.. in the end the mass (which is in relations with the thickness) of the rotors affects your braking performance.

I personally like PBR Ceramic.. but honestly the variations of the brake pad material is very minimal, much less than what the ads would lead you to believe.
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