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Old 07-15-2007, 06:17 PM   #1
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Which brake pads? My head is spinning

I need a new set of front pads and I'm going to do them myself. The local stealer here north of the 49th wants CAN$170+ for the OEM pads. Looking on the internet, there's a dizzying array of manufacturers (apparently) and pads to choose from:

Textar (FF) CAN$170, US$106, 100, 78, 106
ATE US$76, 71, 82
Mintex (EE) $US58, 53, 58, 69?
Mintex Silver metallic US$96
Pagid US$84, 79, 78, 70
PBR US$64, 60
PBR (EE?) US$73, 68
PBR ceramic US$84, 78
Centric semi-metallic US$75
EBC red, ceramic US$102
Porsche (Brembo) US$136
Porsche US$77, 97

I don't track the car and am just looking for reasonably good performance on the street without a lot of dusting. Oh, and I'm not into drilling holes for the wear sensors - the pads have to come with the holes.

Any help would be much appreciated.


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Old 07-15-2007, 06:56 PM   #2
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Mintex red box work great on mine. No noise, stop well, low dust.
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Old 07-15-2007, 08:35 PM   #3
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Check out Porterfield Brake Pads (R4-S)

I autocross once a month, I use R4-S. They're good for the streets too! Although not recommended for track use.
No Noise; No Dust; Great performer.
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Old 07-15-2007, 08:55 PM   #4
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Pagid blue here... daily. Alot of dust, even more squeal, but they stop very very well with no fade on street tires.

this probably doesn't help... I would venture to bet that pelican may have OEM pads the cheapest. Im know certain but you may have to drill almost all non-OEM pads.
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Old 07-16-2007, 05:45 AM   #5
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Mintex red box or PBR metal master would work great for you. Low dust, low noise and brakes well. I did not have to drill holes but best to use new shims cause old ones can get bent when you remove.

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