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Old 03-11-2020, 10:28 AM   #1
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Brake Pad Clarification

I donít know why I am having such a difficult time finding out on my own, so I apologize for the newbie post.

For a 2001 Boxster 986 - do front and rear brake pads differ in any way? Thinking of picking up a set of Brembo pads that I found on Facebook marketplace for cheap, but want to make sure that I am buying a full set (front and rear - 8 pads total) before I pull the trigger. Any help is appreciated.

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The rears are larger and thicker IIR.
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The rears are larger and thicker IIR.
Really? I'll have to double-check mine. Most cars are the opposite. You want more brake force to fronts so the rears don't lock up first.

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Old 03-11-2020, 05:01 PM   #5
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Front and rear are different.
If you have intention of working on your car, do yourself a favor and a buy the “101 projects for your Boxster” book, or at least read the articles here: https://www.pelicanparts.com/boxster/boxster_tech.htm
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Info from Brembo (since you are looking at Brembo pads)

https://www.bremboparts.com/america/en/catalogue-us/porsche-2001-boxster-roadster/006626
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The front pads are definitely much larger than the rear pads.

As such, the front and rear brake pads will have different part numbers (regardless of the pad manufacturer).
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Really? I'll have to double-check mine. Most cars are the opposite. You want more brake force to fronts so the rears don't lock up first.
Sorry, yes, fronts are larger and thicker, not rears. I had a brain fart.
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Sorry, yes, fronts are larger and thicker, not rears. I had a brain fart.
No worries! I just wanted to make sure.
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Old 03-13-2020, 06:43 PM   #11
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Front brakes are generally bigger than rear brakes. On a 986, they are definitely different front and back

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