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    Thread: best brake pads for mk4?

    1. Member VDubn04's Avatar
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      07-16-2010 09:00 PM #1
      Whats up fellas... I'm going to need to replace my brake pads soon, and I was wondering what most of you guys use?

      It's my daily, so I don't need some crazy brake setup, but I'm wanting something more than just oem replacements...

      I've heard some good things about EBC brakes, but didn't know what else might be good? I found some Mintex pads online for a pretty decent price... any comments on those?

      Thx in advance!!
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      07-16-2010 09:40 PM #2
      Hawk HPS

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      07-16-2010 09:55 PM #3
      cool, thanks!

      next question.... (sorry for the newbish-ness), but do I have to replace my front & rear pads at the same time?

      And I can replace just the pads if the rotors still look good, right?
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      Yah, those are definitely Hella bulbs - so the reservoirs are used for the periodic Hella Flush.

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      07-16-2010 10:03 PM #4
      i would replace both f&r. just check to see how worn out they are before you pull the triger. and if you have the funds get new vented rotors.

      edit: http://www.dbcperformance.com/category_s/1215.htm
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      07-16-2010 10:18 PM #5
      I'm running Akebono ceramic pads, good price, no dust and brake nice for an OEM setup.
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      07-16-2010 10:34 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by Jay-Bee View Post
      I'm running Akebono ceramic pads, good price, no dust and brake nice for an OEM setup.
      x2 and you dont have to replace them all at once. the front will wear faster than the rear so the rear may be good.

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      07-16-2010 10:58 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by Jay-Bee View Post
      I'm running Akebono ceramic pads, good price, no dust and brake nice for an OEM setup.
      Quote Originally Posted by dubchuck117 View Post
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      Are they noisy at all?

      I'm currently running PBR ceramics and they are hella squeaky. They've been on my car for less than 2k miles and I'm ready to replace them. They are so noisy it's embarrassing.
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      07-16-2010 11:02 PM #8
      I use portefield RS4 pads, they're awesome, a lot of bite, not noisy or dusty and they will last as along as stock pads. Usually when you replace some component of your brakes, it's worth doing everything....rotors and pads at the same time, that way they wear evenly and will perform the best, if you have the funds of course.

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      07-16-2010 11:13 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by leftside View Post
      Are they noisy at all?

      I'm currently running PBR ceramics and they are hella squeaky. They've been on my car for less than 2k miles and I'm ready to replace them. They are so noisy it's embarrassing.
      sometimes they are in the morning or after rain but after a few good stops it goes away

    10. 07-16-2010 11:14 PM #10
      I'm using Hawk ceramics on the rear and they're great. Barely any dust. I was going to replace my front OEM pads this weekend with Hawk ceramics as well, but the Hawk website gave the wrong part number for my car. The site said HB365Z.728A for front pads on an 02 Jetta 1.8T. VWvortex says HB272Z.763A. Anyone else have this UBER annoying issue? I had the wheel, caliper and pads all off before I noticed they don't fit

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      07-16-2010 11:30 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by dubchuck117 View Post
      sometimes they are in the morning or after rain but after a few good stops it goes away
      Nice, I can deal with that. Where did you buy from?
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      07-16-2010 11:31 PM #12
      Hawk HPS.

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      07-17-2010 12:16 AM #13
      I have about 133K KM, or 80 K miles and am still on my original oem pads. This is from almost all daily driving in the city. I still have about 50 % left, and still stops with w/o issue, no squeaking or anything.

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      07-17-2010 12:27 AM #14
      I've used Hawk HPS pads on every car I've owned (4) and i've never regretted it. Its a good upgrade from OEM without to much squealing. In fact I've only had them really squeal once, and it was because i installed them incorrectly

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      07-17-2010 01:29 AM #15
      Tony Hawk has his hands on the auto industry as well?

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      07-17-2010 07:28 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by leftside View Post
      Nice, I can deal with that. Where did you buy from?
      i got mine from mjmautohaus.com

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      07-17-2010 09:25 AM #17
      I've used Axxis Metal Master pads form abdracingwerks.com since day 1. I loved them. Great stopping power and virtually no dust. I've used 2 sets since new. Don't ask me why, but I wanted to try something different. I've recently installed Mintex Red Box. It's a nice upgrade from OEM at a reasonable price (38 bucks for the fronts maybe?) with maybe a bit more dust than the Axxis, but still a helluva lot less than stock. I bought the Mintex from germanautoparts.com.


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      07-17-2010 12:59 PM #20
      I'll tell you what NOT to get - Mintex or EBC.
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      07-17-2010 01:08 PM #21
      I went with Pagid front and rears from germanautoparts.com

      The fronts dust a bit but no more than stock and the rears, not much at all. The cold bite is excellent and I have yet to have them fade. The most important thing to me was pedal feel and initial bite. These pads do the trick and are silent. I love them, not pricey at all either.

      I have had bad experiences with low dust pads, I like a solid pedal feel and that initial grabby feel of the Pagids right from the first brake application. Some other pads need to be warmed up to feel right, but for my DD I didn't want to deal with that or the noise from ceramics. Some people will complain about dirty wheels though, I just wax them and the dust falls right off- never had any etching problems.

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