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playaplaya81 12-01-2012 04:10 AM

brake suggestions
 
Anyone have advice on a fair set of pads and rotors for a 2003 svt for a fair price?

macdiesel 12-01-2012 08:28 AM

Maybe some ceramics from autozone.

pasta 12-05-2012 07:52 PM

ebay f/r disc with pads and rotors zinc coated cross drilled and slotted 154 shipped

apagios 12-06-2012 11:08 AM

haha well I can tell you you don't want "breaks" what you want is a "brakes" [:)]

I may get flamed a little on this, but cross drilled and slotted are both completely unneccessary for street driving. Maybe on the track. But the SVTF has plenty of brake thermal capacity. For street driving cross drilled and slotted is really more of a sales gimmick than a performance enhancement.

I highly reccomend the Centric rotors, they work great, are not too pricey, and are painted in the center so they don't get rusty ugly:
Centric rotors on TireRack

I run Hawk HPS Street pads, I love them, and get better stopping power over OEM quality replacement pads:
Hawk HPS Street Pads on TireRack

Apologies if this is going to sound preachy, but why would you skimp on brakes? Plain rotors and a decent set of Pads are not that expensive, may as well get something that will improve your breaking performance.

I personally do not want a set of generic pads off ebay, I want to know the quality of what's going to save my life if I really need it. Find a decent set of pads you want and search them on ebay, but packages deals are frequently put together with bottom end stuff to keep it cheap.

Also on the subject of pads, don't get "race" pads for better stopping power to drive on the street. Race pads are designed for high heat load operation, and actually have LESS braking power when cold. Driving around town you never get RACE pads hot enough to really work well.

Good luck with the brake job![:)]

apagios 12-06-2012 11:13 AM

Also once you figure out what pads and rotors you want it's worth googling part numbers to find deals! I got my front axle set fo Hawk HPS pads of ebay for a great deal.

lildisco 12-06-2012 12:10 PM

I was also going to comment on Centric Rotors & the Hawk Pad set up. I had this on my SVT Brake Conversion & these were awesome. Not too much brake dust, but the stopping power was awesome! I went back to my stock brakes (rotors and calipers) with stock pads and rotors and i couldn't stop the car. I was soo used to essentially stoping on a dime with my SVT setup that i was nearly running through intersections. Centric has won me over & all my cars with have them from the future. I believe i was talking with a sales person from somewhere years ago (when i purchased my SVT Brake Kit) & they mentioned that the Centric blanks are the same rotor that they use for say Power Slot rotors. They just slot the blanks and relabel them as 'said brand' and move on.

I would also like to mention, that i auto-x'd and road raced on my Centric/Hawk setup and never had to worry about warpage and brake fade. They were awesome on the track!

cmajaa 12-07-2012 08:31 PM

Centric rotors and EBC green stuff!

sleepyboy 12-07-2012 08:43 PM

Rockauto! They have centric brakes on there. Probably the cheapest too.

apagios 12-11-2012 03:45 PM

Yep I got my centric rotors off RockAuto too!


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