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    What brands of pads do you carry?

    Wondering what brands you carry. I'm just about to pull the trigger on some Akebono Euros from TireRack.
    I've tried to do my research, here's what I am looking for:
    Performance
    Longevity
    As little dust as possible...ZHP wheels, nuff said!

    I narrowed it down to:
    Ake euros (winner unless talked out of it)
    EBC reds
    Hawk ceramics
    Rotex gold

    Any words of wisdom?

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    The brands that i carry are

    Stoptech street pads
    PBR - Ultimate, Deluxe, and XBG pads
    and Hawk pads

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    Ray, can you speak to the different types? Ceramic, organic, etc?

    Also, detail in here your recommendations for street/track use.

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    I carry:
    Posit quiet pads in CERAMIC and SEMI-METALLIC
    Stoptech
    Hawk (ceramic, hps)

    Ceramic pads:
    -Less Brake Dust
    -Great stopping power, but doesn't initially bite as well as metallic or other "performance pads"
    - Long Lasting pads

    Semi-Metallic pads:
    - Great initial bite
    - Lots of brake dust (nobody has time for that)

    Stoptech pads
    - great stopping power
    - more dust than ceramic, but less that oem
    (I prefer this set up over hawk or ceramic pads)

    Hawk pads
    - Greast stopping power
    - Less Brake dust than Stoptech
    - Tend to squeal

    I've tried all my brake pads and I prefer stoptech. Hawks are great, but they squeaked too much for my taste.

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    This may it may not be asked for, but I found EBC Redstuff to be a perfect daily driving pad set. They are extremely low dusting, very very long wearing, are cheaper than most other pads in my application (135i calipers), and actually stand up to some serious back road action. I have an easy time modulating them and they actually have good feel regarding bite.
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    I'm a fan of the stoptech street pads



    BP,

    you need to step up to some beast track pads

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    Quote Originally Posted by derbo View Post
    I'm a fan of the stoptech street pads



    BP,

    you need to step up to some beast track pads
    My track pads are Hawk HP+. Once these wear out, I'm going with EBC Yellowstuff. Those pads are the sheeeeeeet for track usage that are streetable.

    I'll be hittin' Ray up soon for some rear rotors.
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    Going to see if i can get some EBC :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smilez View Post
    Going to see if i can get some EBC :P
    You'd be my one stop shop if you could.
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    Quote Originally Posted by az3579 View Post
    You'd be my one stop shop if you could.

    I can get them woot woot. The only problem is my supplier doesn't keep them in stock so will take about a week to ship vs within 2 business days.

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