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      03-21-2013, 12:21 AM   #1
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Brake Pads for the Track

What do you guys use as brake pads when your on the track? Do you actually switch out your OEM pads for track pads or do you just find a sensible option that does street/track well...? Also what about rotors I guess I should change those as well..

I was thinking of just getting the Hawk HPS for the track and after getting home switching to OEM... but I appreciate your thoughts considering I have very little expertise with brakes and types of pads...

ALSO, any idea what place to buy these brakes at a good price? Maybe a sponsor can offer me a discount or coupon... I kind of need to order them and get them shipped for pickup this Saturday (going to buffalo) so not sure if i'm too late...
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What do you guys use as brake pads when your on the track? Do you actually switch out your OEM pads for track pads or do you just find a sensible option that does street/track well...? Also what about rotors I guess I should change those as well..

I was thinking of just getting the Hawk HPS for the track and after getting home switching to OEM... but I appreciate your thoughts considering I have very little expertise with brakes and types of pads...

ALSO, any idea what place to buy these brakes at a good price? Maybe a sponsor can offer me a discount or coupon... I kind of need to order them and get them shipped for pickup this Saturday (going to buffalo) so not sure if i'm too late...
If you are going to make the switches before and after the track event, you will be much happier with track pads on your track days. Performance Friction makes a great endurance track pad with longer wear than your typical race pad. You don't need to switch rotors as long as you properly bed-in the pads after the switch.

Do NOT use HPS pads on the track, they are not track pads.
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I have a set of rear Endless ME20 track pads for sale that u could use on street also. But they squeak lol

I sold the fronts already. But u can have these for half the price and I just used them for about 12 days before I picked up a BBK for cheap. PM me

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If you are going to make the switches before and after the track event, you will be much happier with track pads on your track days. Performance Friction makes a great endurance track pad with longer wear than your typical race pad. You don't need to switch rotors as long as you properly bed-in the pads after the switch.

Do NOT use HPS pads on the track, they are not track pads.
sorry i'm a bit confused, do I have to "Bed in" the pads everytime I switch track to street and vice versa? OR just when I add the track pads?

Also, do you have a link for those pads you mentioned? Can they be used to get home from the track or not...
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I have a set of rear Endless ME20 track pads for sale that u could use on street also. But they squeak lol

I sold the fronts already. But u can have these for half the price and I just used them for about 12 days before I picked up a BBK for cheap. PM me

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I was hoping to just keep my rears as OEM... Apparently theres no real need to change em even if you have tracks on the front.... If anyone knows otherwise let me know pls ;0
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Ferodo 2500 make a decent dual purpose pad for light track use
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sorry i'm a bit confused, do I have to "Bed in" the pads everytime I switch track to street and vice versa? OR just when I add the track pads?

Also, do you have a link for those pads you mentioned? Can they be used to get home from the track or not...
u have to bed in the pads every time u switch to a different pad

n no pls dont use HPS on track, theyre not ment for the track
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I also vote for Performance Friction pads. Make sure you get the revised version with the pad retaining clips or your brakes will clunk all the time and will drive you insane. Ask me how I know...
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I also vote for Performance Friction pads. Make sure you get the revised version with the pad retaining clips or your brakes will clunk all the time and will drive you insane. Ask me how I know...
And how do I know if its the revised version or not... lol
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And how do I know if its the revised version or not... lol
The revised version has retaining clips on the pads. The earlier versions do not have retaining clips.
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I also vote for Performance Friction pads. Make sure you get the revised version with the pad retaining clips or your brakes will clunk all the time and will drive you insane. Ask me how I know...
All PFC08's now come with clips.
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Not for the rear, through.
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All PFC08's now come with clips.
Well that's good to know! I remember calling PFC directly back in September of 2012 and the sales guy had absolutely no idea what I was talking about....

EDIT: Last April, I bought PFCs 08s from Bimmerworld and they did not have any retaining clips. Great pads and I loved them on the track. Hated them everywhere else because of the constant rattling and clunking.
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