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Old 07-31-2013, 01:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Brake Pads

Wondering which brake pads some of you are using on your roadsters?

I am building our car with 1994 Mustang front and rear discs from a V6 mustang.

Our car will be used for everyday driving, no track time planned at this time.

Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 07-31-2013, 02:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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For everyday use I like the Adaptive One pads from NAPA. I use them on all my cars and trucks. Very low dust, so you are not cleaning your wheels constantly. Stops great. Dual formula pads. Works for me....

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Just bought another set as a matter of fact for my Fiat Ram because I have to change rotors this week.
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There are some high end pads out there (Carbotech, Hawk, etc.) that are probably best in the absolute sense. Lots has been written on here about improving overall braking, reducing pedal effort, and improving front/rear balance. And these kinds of pads can help. But they are expensive and can be pretty dusty/dirty. And in the end may not be needed for your application.

I have vacuum assisted 4-wheel Cobra PBR brakes in my Mk3 and also only use it for street driving. I installed Power Stop Evolution KEVLAR®-enhanced ceramic pads from Summit. Little bit of an upgrade over box stock pads, reasonably priced, and I'm very happy with the braking. I have basically no dust, and very little noticeable wear after 3,000 miles.
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I have the Hawk HPP fronts and HPS rears.

Its like having power breaks.......

I little more dusty but worth it.
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Manual brakes look for an aggressive pad, dusty. Power brakes, then an aggressive pad is not necessary. General consensus from what I read
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Old 07-31-2013, 11:54 PM   #6 (permalink)
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For everyday use I like the Adaptive One pads from NAPA. I use them on all my cars and trucks. Very low dust, so you are not cleaning your wheels constantly. Stops great. Dual formula pads. Works for me....

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BEST (SPECIALTY) — Adaptive One® Pads with new enhanced formulations | Napa Brakes Canada

Just bought another set as a matter of fact for my Fiat Ram because I have to change rotors this week.
Cory, Are you running manual or power brakes?
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Hawk HPS. Autocross most of day and track days - didn't even have to think about the brakes.

Hijack: Cobra 302: Why HPP up front and HPS in rear. You got enough rear brakes? I don't.
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Hawk HPS. Autocross most of day and track days - didn't even have to think about the brakes.

Hijack: Cobra 302: Why HPP up front and HPS in rear. You got enough rear brakes? I don't.
I have Thunderbird rear breaks they don't make a hpp rears.
It was either a full race pad or the HPS.
At some point I may try a full race rear pad.
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I'm running Porterfield R4S with manual brakes and love them.
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Just ordered a set of porterfield R4S. They have great reviews. What do you like about them?
Had a hard time finding an autocross type pad for my Lincoln Mk. 7 rear calipers.
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I would also like to hear more about the Porterfield R4S pads. Do they dust and make more noise than the stock Wagner type pads? What is the positive and negative side to these pads?

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I've had the Porterfield's on for just over one season and so far they have been quiet, easy on the rotors and good pedal feel. They dust a little more that stock but not bad at all and i think the pedal feed is better.

for both street and autocross i have been very happy with them and will buy again when needed.
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Old 08-03-2013, 10:26 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I Just ordered the Porterfield R4S pads. Thanks for the suggestions.
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Old 08-04-2013, 01:06 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I think you will be happy with your choice, just make sure you properly 'bed' them to get the best results.
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