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    Thread: a different sort of brake pad question....

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      09-25-2012 02:32 PM #1
      for most things that can be done outside of the dealership, i'll do the the "slave" thing and bring it to my own guy. i found out he was retiring and brought in the car to have new pads and rotors put on. i assumed he would go stock all around, but i've noticed one major difference: there is ALOT less pad dust. when i say alot, i'll use a guesstimate and say 80% less. i wash the car once a week and it's noticable (to me. i'm sure my friends would say i'm insane).

      i don't think he would use anything like what's been mentioned here as some of the favorite pads w/ the beefed up brake upgrades ie red stuff; so, is there any kind of "stock type" pad a shop might use that would have this sort of dust result? and before you ask, i can't ask him as he's retired into the sunset and my receipt only states "change out rotors and pads on all four." lol... he was an old time mechanic who i've used for 25 yrs

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      09-25-2012 02:50 PM #2
      some other pagid pad most likely.


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      09-25-2012 02:58 PM #3
      My guess too. Shop had to order some pads ASAP and could get Pagid. Less dust and less bite/touchiness

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      09-25-2012 03:30 PM #4
      See if you can see any markings on the pad...

      kinda like this:


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      09-26-2012 01:54 AM #5
      ah ok. will try to look for the pad info. i have noticed that the "bite" has not been as harsh as stock.

      appreciate the replies, gents.

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      09-26-2012 02:17 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by thesharkman View Post
      ah ok. will try to look for the pad info. i have noticed that the "bite" has not been as harsh as stock.

      appreciate the replies, gents.

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      NP. I've noticed less "bite" and significantly less dust with my HPS pads.
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      09-26-2012 04:14 PM #7
      He most likely used an OEM replacement type ceramic pad; Centrics, Raybestos, ETC. Nothing wrong with them at all; they'll just be a little less aggressive than the OEM pad but have less dust as well.
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      09-26-2012 04:36 PM #8
      Or maybe ATE .... any specific color to the break dust?

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      10-06-2012 12:08 AM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by BlixaBargeld View Post
      Or maybe ATE .... any specific color to the break dust?

      nope, color is same as stock....if anything, just a tad lighter.

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