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Old 09-07-2013, 05:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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perfomance brakes on irs

I decided to upgrade to a performance pad on my roadster, over the carbon pads I had. I dont want to go all out with a full brake upgrade, and I have been very satisfied with the Hawk yellow ceramic pads that I put on my Corvette when it was new. The only problem Im finding is that its hard to find a ceramic pad for a t-bird/cougar caliper. What is everyone else using and how satisfied are you?
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Old 09-07-2013, 11:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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BG: If you want an aggressive brake pad I would recommend the Hawk HPP (HP+ pad) for your car. I'm not sure they make them for the stock T-bird caliper but adding them to the front will definitely help. The HPP pad is an Auto cross /road racing pad that I recently added to my Coupe that I run in Auto-X. I have a brake upgrade for the rear that I got from Richard Oben (forum vendor) and have the HPP pads on the rear. I was running stock pads on the front (13 inch Mustang cobra units) and switching to the HPP brake pads for the front was a tremendous improvement. They are quiet dirty and can be hard on rotors but they bite like crazy, almost like having power brakes on my manual set up. Hawk also has the HPS (street version) but if you want aggressive braking try the HPP on both ends if you can get them for the back.
This is my experience I'm sure others will chime in with other recommendations.
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Old 09-07-2013, 11:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 09-08-2013, 12:09 AM   #4 (permalink)
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3X on the R4S, they grab as well or better than the EBC Green Stuff but dust 90% less. You can also order them right off the Porterfield web site.
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EBC Yellowstuff

I had standard Mustang front end and standard T-bird at the back. No servo or booster - it was really hard to stop and hopeless when cold.

I fitted the EBC pads and it felt better everywhere - hot and cold - a bit more brake dust, but then I got none before!

I have since done a few trackdays and the EBCs were fine, no fade, no issues, but still felt like it wouldn't stop from 130+ in a hurry.

Fitted a remote servo this year and tried again - hey I can now lock wheels if I try too hard! Got the brakes I have always wanted for this car at last!

Even with all this extra braking -on road or track the EBC'c are perfect - 100% recommendation from me! Love them.

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Old 09-09-2013, 04:18 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Another option would be pads from Carbotech. They make a fair amount of pads for the F5R spec racing guys and know these cars. I have their type 1521 performance street pads front and rear and Iím happy with them. Mostly street driving but I did a day of autocross and I thought they worked just fine with my manual brakes; 2 piston PBR calipers on the front and stock Lincoln IRS calipers on the rear. They have a nice firm feel and I would say some slight dusting.

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