Originally Posted by Got RPM
Great DIY wright-up! I've done a number of front pad replacements to reduce dust on various cars - why don't the manufacturers do this for us? The only thing I'd add is that most performance pads I've installed recommend sanding the rotor surfaces to remove the residue from the old pads. Few realize that it is the friction between the pads and the residue they leave on the rotors
that gives the best braking friction. You need to bed the brakes in after any install - or with any new car for that matter. This usually entails repeated hard stops to heat up the pads and rotors to transfer material to the rotors. Or, just normal driving for a few hundred miles.
I did mention the bedding in because it really is important to do.
You are correct about the light sanding if the rotors have a good amount of miles on them, but my rotors had only 4k miles on them when I did this, so they were hardly even used.