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Old 04-13-2011, 07:39 PM   #1
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Default need a brake pad / rotor recommendation

Looking for a recommendation on brake pads and rotors for my 96 SC2. I'm looking for a street performance / autocross pad. I'm not overly concerned on wear rates of pads or dust.

Also any recommendations on rotors and where to get them?

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Old 04-13-2011, 08:38 PM   #2
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Well I was gonna say Summit, but I took a quick look and they don't have really anything. I was also gonna say Hawk brake pads, but none listed for your year.
...let me look at work tomorrow and I'll see what I can come up with.

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Old 04-13-2011, 10:48 PM   #3
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I run the cheap Autozone rotors. I like EBC Green pads, Pep Boys used to carry them.

Don't break the bank with rotors. Spend money on pads and SS lines.

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Old 04-13-2011, 11:08 PM   #4
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Default Re: need a brake pad / rotor recommendation

I got my last set of Hawk HPS pads for $26 at Pep Boys.
Also I have a pair of plain centric rotors for the front for sale. They are new in the box and never used. $40 for the pair.

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Old 04-13-2011, 11:19 PM   #5
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Been very happy with my pads (Hawks up front, wearever gold rear), not only for good braking, but after ~3yrs they are still working well (not as well as when they were brand new, but still good and no notable pulsing). They do put off a fair amount of dust though.

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Old 04-14-2011, 03:15 PM   #6
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Been very happy with my pads (Hawks up front, wearever gold rear), not only for good braking, but after ~3yrs they are still working well (not as well as when they were brand new, but still good and no notable pulsing). They do put off a fair amount of dust though.
You don't find that having compounds different front to rear affects your braking much?

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Old 04-14-2011, 07:23 PM   #7
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You don't find that having compounds different front to rear affects your braking much?
Nope, and I believe they're both semi-metallic, so it's not drastically different. I should also note that I took the time to do a proper pad break-in.

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Old 04-14-2011, 07:23 PM   #8
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Default Re: need a brake pad / rotor recommendation

i got my hawk hps pads for $15 w/free shipping on ebay from seller hawkperformance

think i got my centric premium rotors from rockauto

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Old 04-14-2011, 11:20 PM   #9
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Default Re: need a brake pad / rotor recommendation

I've got a bunch of brands at work, but don't see anything that would help you out. I do know Raybestos makes pads that are really good, P/N ATD507, I didn't see a listing for 1996 SC2 in my Hawk Book, but those are REALLY good pads.

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Old 04-15-2011, 12:34 AM   #10
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I've got a bunch of brands at work, but don't see anything that would help you out. I do know Raybestos makes pads that are really good, P/N ATD507, I didn't see a listing for 1996 SC2 in my Hawk Book, but those are REALLY good pads.
Year doesn't matter, they didn't change the brake system on these cars.

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Old 04-15-2011, 10:33 AM   #11
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i got my hawk hps pads for $15 w/free shipping on ebay from seller hawkperformance

think i got my centric premium rotors from rockauto
+1 on the ebay seller. I bought a couple of sets there and the shipping is pretty quick.

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Old 04-15-2011, 10:55 AM   #12
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I run the cheap Autozone rotors. I like EBC Green pads, Pep Boys used to carry them.

Don't break the bank with rotors. Spend money on pads and SS lines.
The problem with going too cheap on rotors in the snow belt is that they rust and look like *****. I've at least got to find annodized ones, because rusty brakes bug me

Probably not a huge issue in NM!

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Old 04-15-2011, 07:35 PM   #13
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+1 on the ebay seller. I bought a couple of sets there and the shipping is pretty quick.
unfortunately that seller has no saturn hawk pads so it does the rest of us little good.. or even the nissan pads that will work too

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Old 04-15-2011, 08:43 PM   #14
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unfortunately that seller has no saturn hawk pads so it does the rest of us little good.. or even the nissan pads that will work too
That's funny, I just bought a set today via buy it now?

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Old 04-16-2011, 12:41 PM   #15
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hmm, odd i had just searched the store when i made that post and nadda but they have some now, i just bought a set as well

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Old 04-17-2011, 01:44 PM   #16
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Any pros/cons for going with ceramic pads? Other than they last longer, I'm sure there are reasons people don't use them, but I'm not sure why. I have them on my car, but I'd like to hear some input.

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Old 04-17-2011, 03:24 PM   #17
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years ago, brakes were made with asbestos fibers. Asbestos brakes were phased out, and the lining formulation was changed to one of two types: organic or metallic (including semi-metallic pads that are a hybrid between organic and metallic pads). Organic brakes used chopped kevlar or fiberglass as a binding agent, and metallic pads included iron powder and fibers. The disadvantages of metal fibers in the pad:

1) it expands and contracts to destabilize the binding agents,
2) clumps of high density areas in the pad that can cause noise and grooves
3) it facilitates conduction heat transfer to the piston that can cause brake fluid to boil more so than a ceramic pad.

the advantage of metallic pads is that it had much better fade resistance than organic pads at high temperature. In the 80's, Akebono developed ceramic pads that really elevated friction pads to a new level. Ceramic pads are still an organic pad (free from asbestos) but with much better brake performance. Ceramic has the advantage of high thermal dimensional stability and improved pedal pressure sensitivity, i.e. the driver does not have to press harder on the pedal to stop at the same rate as the brake temperature increases. Ceramic pads tend to be quiet with great all-around performance.

really it comes down to how and what you drive. if your racing, are an aggressive driver or have a heavy vehicle you want metallic or semi-metallic and on a daily driver you would want ceramic they last longer, operate quieter and produce less dust and mostly are less harsh on your rotors.

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Great info, thanks. Seems like ceramic is a better choice for me anyways.

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although i was looking over the page for those hawk pads and saw this which made me worry a little..

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WARNING: Due to the nature of these parts being overstock and clearance items the appearance might vary slightly from that shown in the pictures. They may or may not have slots and/or chamfers. These outward appearances are normal and not a warrantable condition.
has anyone who previously ordered them from that ebay seller have any problems?

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warnings like that can occur on almost any product. you're still going to be getting a hawk hps pad, and you probably wouldnt know the difference unless youre looking at 2 sets made at different times.

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