What brake pads are the best

thexav

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What make of brake pads do you think are the best.

My mates all seem to go with whatever the garage give them but I think there is a massive difference.

Long life is not a plus point when it comes to brake pads. I want them to stop the car.

Are EBC Greenstuff any good and what about the red stuff racing pads are they much better?
 

turbonutter69

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What make of brake pads do you think are the best.

My mates all seem to go with whatever the garage give them but I think there is a massive difference.

Long life is not a plus point when it comes to brake pads. I want them to stop the car.

Are EBC Greenstuff any good and what about the red stuff racing pads are they much better?
EBC are great and yes the red stuff is better. But it is only better on a track as they work best hot. So on normal road use the green stuff pads are the ones to go for because you would not be able to keep the heat in the red stuff ones for them to work at there best.
 

pgarner

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mixed reviews seem to be on the EBC pads, redstuff more or less a nono for normal road driving as like tn said they require to be hot. However they do a yellowstuff now for mixed.

i used to use relitivily cheap things fro my civic and they were good but didnt last very long, and on the bora sticking with the standard ones until they need changed
 

HDi fun

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I've used greenstuff in the Primera. Once. Early bite, good. But they overheat far too quickly and delaminate.

I now use ATE which is the OEM manufacturer for the Peugeot pads. As they're not in a Peugeot box they are good value at about thirty five quid for a front set. Rears strangely cost more, despite being tiny little things.
 

herb

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im currently using red stuff pads all round and not had 1 problem at all not sure whether it has anything to do with the fact i have ebc discs too
dont know perhaps they work better with ebc discs ???
 

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Tried EBC Yellows on the W8 - absolute crap. They just overheated very easily and smelt of burning. Ditched them for the standard fit Textars.
 

HDi fun

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I've been told that the red stuff is more suitable for my car than the green (not that I've put either in the pug). It's a heavy car at over 1500kg and it's very capable of accelerating between MKs closely spaced roundabouts to three figure velocities with ease. I might just give them a go if I'm feeling adventurous.

In fairness to EBC the last time I used the greens was 2003 and the formulation has changed a bit since then.
 

herb

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I've been told that the red stuff is more suitable for my car than the green (not that I've put either in the pug). It's a heavy car at over 1500kg and it's very capable of accelerating between MKs closely spaced roundabouts to three figure velocities with ease. I might just give them a go if I'm feeling adventurous.

In fairness to EBC the last time I used the greens was 2003 and the formulation has changed a bit since then.
tbh mate the leon isnt really a light car perhaps this is why they work well for me ??? or it could be my driving style ??:lol:
 

prevtec

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for #!#!#!#! sake, it dosent matter weather the car is light or not
do they work or not???and on normal brake discs as im not getting drilled and grooved as they eat brake pads and there is a posability the discs can warp due to having lots of grooves and holes
 

HDi fun

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You can have that, Prev.

To Herb: Seat's aren't light either not now anyway, although I doubt it's as much of a fat arse as my car. I do drive it quickly, and it's very capable of going quickly. I might try red stuff at some point but I really find the stock ATE pads very good. Unfortunately, they are VERY VERY dirty. You'd think I had special wheels made from carbon fibre if you saw the dust coating upon them. They're as black as the tyres! :-(
 

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hdi, you can get brake dust repelliant
ive never tried it but obviously it works, as they cant bring something on to the market if it didnt

the reason i tell you is because brake dust is bad for alloys if left on it for ages
especially if the pads have asbestos in them, which a lot of normal pads do
 

HDi fun

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Asbestos was banned from road pads in 1998.

The dirt is from organic (carbon) compounds. The alternative is to use ceramic or metallic pads (most performance pads use a combination of all three) but you'll s..t your pants first time you try a cold stop with ceramic pads on a cold morning. They are no good from cold.
 

prevtec

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dint know that about 1998
halfords the dirty bas tards sell pads with asbestos,
i saw it on the box myself

by the way halfords brake pads are s h i t

so hdi, are you suggesting if i buy them brakes, that i invest in a packet of pampers over 21s??
ha ha, thanks for the tip
 

HDi fun

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I'm sure asbestos has been banned for some years in the UK. Perhaps the regulations are different in Ireland. Halfords pads are #!#!#!#!, agreed. Probably worse still here in England since they are not allowed to use asbestos in the friction compound!

As for the pampers - I'll be needing the over 38's ones if I was to drive with Halfords pads fitted.

Mate, these kinds of discussions are well worth it, for a giggle if nothing else.


Cheers,

Kind rgds,

P.
 

herb

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I'm sure asbestos has been banned for some years in the UK. Perhaps the regulations are different in Ireland. Halfords pads are #!#!#!#!, agreed. Probably worse still here in England since they are not allowed to use asbestos in the friction compound!

As for the pampers - I'll be needing the over 38's ones if I was to drive with Halfords pads fitted.

Mate, these kinds of discussions are well worth it, for a giggle if nothing else.


Cheers,

Kind rgds,

P.
there is an advert rerunning constantly everyday about asbestos awareness on my local radio station and it actually mentions houses built before the year 2004 so at a guess asbestos was still being used until 2004
 

HDi fun

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I only said that it was forbidden in car friction materials. It has been used subsequently in building and builidng services. Blue asbestos is forbidden, car, house , officeblock, whatever.
 

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i think they still put up the warnings on pads and clutches. every set of pads ive ever fitted have had the warnings on them

Herb your cars slightly lighter think we weigh in around 1350-1400kgs so its not exactly light.

the EBC greenstuff isnt widely available for the larger cars and heavier cars.

prevec, weight does matter as a heaver car will heat the brakes quicker than a lighter car as theres more mass to stop. and dont worry were all aloud to be in a bad mood now and again

like prince i think im going to give brembo pads ago when the standards wear out as they cost about the same going by the prices on the board at local VW
 

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I'm sure asbestos has been banned for some years in the UK. Perhaps the regulations are different in Ireland. Halfords pads are #!#!#!#!, agreed. Probably worse still here in England since they are not allowed to use asbestos in the friction compound!

As for the pampers - I'll be needing the over 38's ones if I was to drive with Halfords pads fitted.

Mate, these kinds of discussions are well worth it, for a giggle if nothing else.


Cheers,

Kind rgds,

P.
ha ha too right mate
 

prevtec

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i think they still put up the warnings on pads and clutches. every set of pads ive ever fitted have had the warnings on them

Herb your cars slightly lighter think we weigh in around 1350-1400kgs so its not exactly light.

the EBC greenstuff isnt widely available for the larger cars and heavier cars.

prevec, weight does matter as a heaver car will heat the brakes quicker than a lighter car as theres more mass to stop. and dont worry were all aloud to be in a bad mood now and again

like prince i think im going to give brembo pads ago when the standards wear out as they cost about the same going by the prices on the board at local VW
mate, i honestley wasnt in a bad mood, i just wanted an anwser on the pads, but the response was the car light, the car this, the car that
ha ha,im happy today and just saw that i might have said that in a moody way
 

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It depends a lot on the car they go on. Big powerful cars need big brakes. A sports brake with a high temperature works well wheras on a small car you need a low temp pad as there is not enough weight/momentum to warm them up for braking.

Pagid and Blackstuff are pretty good options and available for most cars. I had some greenstuff on my Rover and they were OK but the brakes were not brilliant anyway so I couldn't really rate the greenstuffs.

They did have low brake dust formulation though which meant less cleaning!
 

Econ

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Ferodo's are good pads as well

For the GTT the Skyline owners swear by yellowstuff and ferodo's
 
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