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Old 02-26-2009, 09:55 PM   #1
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Which pads?

I don't race, so I don't need anything particularly high performance, but I would like a good, solid pad that has bite and will last a while. I'm debating the Hawk HPS or ceramic, but I don't know which way to go. I've never used ceramic pads so I have no experience there. Which do you prefer, and why? What are the advantages of each? Disadvantages?

Rotors are getting replaced as well, but just with something simple, probably the centric solid.


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If I remember right (which I probably dont) you need to warm up the ceramic pads before you can get good bite.

Even if I am totatly wrong on that one, I can still be sure of this: you will get a lot more people suggesting the hawk hps over ceramics for everyday.
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oe ford pads. not the motorcraft ones you may pay a little more but i got 65k out of my original pads and they still had another 5k left in them when i did pads and rotors.
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from what i've seen if you just want a good pad the ones that come with the car from the factory are pretty hard to beat.
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For primarily street use Mintex AF's are a good aftermarket performance pad. Good initial bite when cold. What's really nice is that you can get a compatible Mintex AF rear shoe when required. Most ceramics (except the really expensive ones) don't provide much more performance (sometimes less) than an OEM pad. Tirerack has performance comparisions on their web site that provides useful info.
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If I remember right (which I probably dont) you need to warm up the ceramic pads before you can get good bite.

Even if I am totatly wrong on that one, I can still be sure of this: you will get a lot more people suggesting the hawk hps over ceramics for everyday.
It probably does make more sense just to get the HPS instead of the ceramic. I haven't been happy with the standard oem parts that are currently there, so I'm hoping to improve on them somewhat, but for my purposes, I don't need anything radical as I don't race/track etc. (I just spend a lot of time on the road)

Rear will be next, but they still have some life in them, so I'm waiting to change them out. I have a feeling the next thing is going to be the DPFE sensor (again). I really wish they were designed better. They just don't seem to last.
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My duralast pads are insane, 6 autocrosses and lots of heavy braking daily, they are at 50k miles and still only 1/2 worn.
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