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What brakes are you guys using

I have a 2011 3.7 looking to get new rotors and pads.
Was wondering if stoptech slotted rotors with HPS pads would be good combo.
Or the power stop z26 from American muscle.
I don't drag my car Its DD but do like to push it every once in a while

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Go with centric non slotted rotors and Carbo-tech pads of your choice.

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HPS pads feel really good compared to stock pads.

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Carbotech pads, a mix of DBA 4000 and Centric plain rotors, and Motul RBF600 fluid.

I didn't find the HPS pads to be any better than OE as far as initial bite was concerned (way too soft for my liking). HP+ eats rotors like they were candy. But supposedly Hawk has a new compound.


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If he's not doing road courses, I would think a stock replacement brake fluid would suffice. The RBF600 will absorb moisture and is intended to be replaced on a regular basis. I'll be doing a full flush this spring for track season.

As for brake pads, Carbotechs are pretty expensive for a DD. I'd just put on a good quality set of ceramic brake pads.

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Agreed on the fluid - I thought I'd heard somewhere that the 2015+ Mustangs get a DOT 4 fluid (and even the older Ford fluid was still pretty decent stuff), for whatever that might be worth. I just did my Mustang's fluid yesterday, with a 2-day weekend coming up at the end of the month.


It's a matter of personal preference on the pads, as I am very much unimpressed with either the initial bite or the consistency of feel with readily available ceramics or the bite of HPS. I just got through putting 1521's on the '01 Maxima, and plan to put them on her Subie later in the year if I'm happy enough with them on the Max.


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I'll look into better pads. This is my DD. Every once in a while a few quarter mile runs.
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I just put on BrakeMotive's ceramic pads and drilled and slotted zinc plated rotors. A friend on here suggested them. These can be found on eBay. Great quality, low price. Perfect for a daily driver. Better than stock stopping power. If you want even better stopping power, jump up to Hawk pads and rotors. If you wan to track your car, Carbotech pads and Centric rotors. If you really want bite, get a set of 14" Brembo calipers from Ford and Centric rotors with Carbotech pads... less than $1200 you can have powerful brakes.

I went with the ceramic pads as my dad has found they bite better without fade and really wanted me to try them. So I tried them out and really like them. Top of the pedal braking is lightly effective, no worse than stock, but the more you press the better they dig in and bite. Wet braking is really great.

As I understand, folks up north are not fond of ceramics as they work best warm/hot.

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I didn't find the HPS pads to be any better than OE as far as initial bite was concerned (way too soft for my liking).

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Entirely possible that I overheated the OEM pads beyond all recovery.

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Put the GT rotors/ caliper spacer on it.
Fills the wheel much nicer!

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How many miles should you get out of your brakes

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Have the Hawk HPS pads. They offer good bite and braking power.
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How many miles should you get out of your brakes
Depends on many things, including transmission type (AT's are harder on brakes partly because of less engine compression braking help and partly because of a tendency to left-foot brake without getting all the way off the throttle).


Best I can remember from my own experience** is that 50,000 - 70,000 street miles (80,000 - 110,000 km) with a MT is entirely possible, and this isn't all just easy braking. Not by a long shot. . .

** two of the cars I have or had that I can remember this for got their second brake jobs at ~120,000 miles (190,000 km) and my wife's Subie is still on the originals at about 70,000 miles.


Divide that by at least 100 if the miles are all road course HPDE miles, and that's with pads that are up to the thermal abuse (most OE pads aren't). No joke . . . the Mustang is on its 3rd set of track pads and the 2nd set of rotors after maybe 1500 track miles, separate from its OE equipment (this is actually pretty good life for brakes that see track time).


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thanks for putting it in kms ehhhh

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I've heard very good things about performance friction z-rated pads for a performance oriented brake pad. Lot dust, high bite, good rotor wear. I'm about to give them a try in the rears while running Carbotech XP8s in the front for DD/Track applications.


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