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Old 05-14-2005, 11:00 AM   #1
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Brake Pads

I am looking for new pads, not sure what to go with..any suggestions or ideas would be helpful
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Old 05-14-2005, 10:32 PM   #2
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Axxis Ultimates are great - very close to stock initial bite, much less brake dust, I'm buying another set. used these for winter driving, no problems.

Hawk HPS - not as good initial bite, gets better with heat.

these are the two top choices. on all forums.
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Old 05-15-2005, 10:06 AM   #3
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Sweets, Where can I pick them up and how much do they cost?
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Old 05-15-2005, 01:03 PM   #4
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I've always dealt with Rob at Tunerworks! give him a call. tunerworks.com

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Old 05-15-2005, 03:27 PM   #5
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Axxis Ultimates are great - very close to stock initial bite, much less brake dust, I'm buying another set. used these for winter driving, no problems.

I have a set of these ceramic brake pads and they're not that good at all, I don't understand why everybody likes them so much....They're good for everyday light to light braking, but if you do some highspeed frequent braking look somewhere alse.
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Old 05-15-2005, 05:10 PM   #6
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I have ceramix pads as well, I love them. I could almost stop on a dime now, big time difference from my Oem's . I'm running those with Brembo rotors.


I paid $260 for the pads all around.
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Old 05-15-2005, 10:27 PM   #7
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Mecbain,

I don't know how accurate your comments were about the A. Ultimates (ceramic/kevlar). I've tracked with them as well as auto-x'd (no heaving braking really) and they WORK WELL!!!! I'm quite happy with them. When my brakes started to fade at Shannonville, I when into the pits to let them cool off - ahhhh the smell of brakes at the pits!! Gotta love it. As for day to day use, I would prefer the OEM pads. Believe it or not, they are very good! I find that you need to get some heat into the ceramic pads before they work properly. No surprise there.

As for the A. Ultimates giving off less dust - I wouldn't agree with that either. I would say they're about the same as OEM. Either way, I won't give up performance just to get less dust on my rims.

Picked mine up last year from Tunerworks in Calgary.

Oh....and I'm running mine w/ Brembo rotors (blanks).
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Old 05-15-2005, 10:55 PM   #8
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I have a set of these ceramic brake pads and they're not that good at all, I don't understand why everybody likes them so much....They're good for everyday light to light braking, but if you do some highspeed frequent braking look somewhere alse.
I've never done a lot of high speed braking, but I've given the pads a few work outs and it was solid. if I did it would be at the track so I usually swap out my fronts with Cobalt Spec VR pads. I've done over 35 auto-x's with my ulitimates and love them. but if you do a lot of high speed, hard braking maybe the Hawke HPS or HP+ are better for you, though again more heat may be required to get them up to temps.

they definately have less brake dust so I don't understand what your talking about

remember that axxis metal masters are not the same as ultimates ( some people say that they are) I'm using brembo blanks as well.
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Old 05-15-2005, 11:07 PM   #9
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Tatawaki,

So we use the same brake set up. Brembo's + A. Ult. Ceramics. Are you sure you are finding them to have less dust than OEM? What pads did you have on last time before the ceramic? I notice you're in the Peg - don't you notice that you have to put some heat into them first? Catches me a little off guard on those cold mornings or winter when I first hit the brakes and the car doesn't respond for a split second!!! I have some SS brake lines going on soon. We'll see how well they work with that set-up. I have 2 track days lined up in the next bit and I have high expectations......
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Old 05-16-2005, 12:10 AM   #10
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my favorite brake set up is hawk pads zimmerman cross drilled rotors and stainless lines... check out understeer.com
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Old 05-16-2005, 01:40 AM   #11
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Im looking at doing a brake upgrade. I know there was a guy on max a while back selling brembos, that were crossdilled, but I can't find his contact. Does anyone know a place where I can get a set for a reasonable price, along with some good pads?

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Old 05-16-2005, 02:27 AM   #12
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they definately have less brake dust so I don't understand what your talking about
I never said they don't have less brake dust, but for the braking personnaly I just don't like them, it's my right lol! I know that here and on bimmeforums everybody told me how good they are and that's why I bought them, but I'm really disappointed...

EDIT: btw I have PBR ultimate ceramics, don't know if that makes a difference, heard it's exactly the same compagny that makes them (axxis).
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Old 05-16-2005, 10:33 AM   #13
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EDIT: btw I have PBR ultimate ceramics, don't know if that makes a difference, heard it's exactly the same compagny that makes them (axxis).
they are different pads, as I was told.

I was using stock pads before I upgraded. I have SS lines in now, but that only solved the bad pedal feel. the only time I feel they needed to get some heat in them when I just swap them out from my cobalt spec VR pads. i.e. have not bedded the pads in yet. after they are properly bedded in, I don't have issues stoping with them.
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Old 05-16-2005, 10:37 AM   #14
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Tatawaki,

So we use the same brake set up. Brembo's + A. Ult. Ceramics. Are you sure you are finding them to have less dust than OEM? What pads did you have on last time before the ceramic? I notice you're in the Peg - don't you notice that you have to put some heat into them first? Catches me a little off guard on those cold mornings or winter when I first hit the brakes and the car doesn't respond for a split second!!! I have some SS brake lines going on soon. We'll see how well they work with that set-up. I have 2 track days lined up in the next bit and I have high expectations......
well ceramics are like that where it may not be close to stock initial bite. I haven't had my stock pads on for over a year now so I don't remember what stock initial bite feels like. keep in mind that these are not track pads. just aggressive street pads.
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Old 05-16-2005, 04:22 PM   #15
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Has anyone ever tried or heard of EBC GreenStuffs or Redstuffs?
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