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      09-21-2019 01:35 PM #1
      The brake pads on my 2019 Rabbit are so dusty! what do you guys recommend?
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      09-21-2019 10:33 PM #2
      EBC red. You only need to do the fronts.
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      09-22-2019 03:49 AM #3
      Centric / Stop Tech PosiQuiet Ceramic pads

      Less dust than EBC reds

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      09-22-2019 10:33 AM #4
      EBC Red. I put them on my GTI and liked the low dust but loved the feel of the brakes.

      I thought the stock pads came on quite strong, but didn't get that much stronger as I pushed harder on the pedal. The reds are very linear without any hint of initial grabbiness.

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      09-22-2019 01:02 PM #5
      I ran Akebono pads on my ZHP coupe and they were great. Slightly less initial bite than stock, requiring a slightly firmer foot on the pedal, and also need to warm up a bit for full grip - but beyond that, clean as a whistle and they wear forever.

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      09-22-2019 03:46 PM #6
      So what do i have?

      For vehicles with performance package only

      or

      For vehicles without performance package only


      Awesome thanks!


      I also read that it has an electrical connection on one pad. No place to plug it into on a 7.5 GTI?
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      09-23-2019 08:36 AM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by SIX SPEED View Post
      So what do i have?

      For vehicles with performance package only

      or

      For vehicles without performance package only


      Awesome thanks!


      I also read that it has an electrical connection on one pad. No place to plug it into on a 7.5 GTI?
      The Rabbit edition GTIs have the Performance Pack so top link would be the ones you need. Not sure why the 7.5 GTIs would lack the electrical plug-in for the brake pad sensor.

      I had RedStuff pads on my S3 before and they worked great, will probably go the same route when it comes time to replace my pads on my GTI in the future.

    10. 09-23-2019 08:33 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by KevinC View Post
      I ran Akebono pads on my ZHP coupe and they were great. Slightly less initial bite than stock, requiring a slightly firmer foot on the pedal, and also need to warm up a bit for full grip - but beyond that, clean as a whistle and they wear forever.
      I came from a 3 series and the first thing I did was try to find some akebonos for my gti. I could not find them for our PP brakes.

      If anyone knows where to find these let me know!
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    11. 09-24-2019 02:23 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by KevinC View Post
      I ran Akebono pads on my ZHP coupe and they were great. Slightly less initial bite than stock, requiring a slightly firmer foot on the pedal, and also need to warm up a bit for full grip - but beyond that, clean as a whistle and they wear forever.
      This was exactly my experience with the Akebono pads on a different vehicle.

      Just make sure you get the pads with the "ASP" prefix. Those are the sportier ones with the proper coefficient of friction, GG, for the GTI.

    12. 09-26-2019 01:08 PM #10
      I use EBC Ultimax 2 and Brembo street pads, AutoZone has them and their house pads are made by Brembo.

      With industry certification, store brands are very good; Wagner ThermoQuiet and Centric Posiquiet, for instance.

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      09-27-2019 09:16 PM #11
      Very surprised that you guys are fans of Akebonos... Had them in the wife's Z4 and found the initial bite and overall braking performance to be much much weaker than the OEM BMW pads... It was bad to the point that I removed them a couple months in and just got Pagid pads for it...
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      09-28-2019 07:26 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by nype View Post
      Centric / Stop Tech PosiQuiet Ceramic pads

      Less dust than EBC reds
      I went with the Centric PosiQuiet Ceramic's too and am very happy with them Akebono does not have an application for my 2018 GTI SE but the PosiQuiet's feel the same to me as the Akebono's I had on my last two Audis. I bought them on Amazon.

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      09-29-2019 10:35 AM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by RandyL View Post
      I went with the Centric PosiQuiet Ceramic's too and am very happy with them Akebono does not have an application for my 2018 GTI SE but the PosiQuiet's feel the same to me as the Akebono's I had on my last two Audis. I bought them on Amazon.

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      I see you also left a review on them:
      https://www.ecstuning.com/b-centric-...105.16330~crc/

      This will be the same for my car correct?

      Still thinking if EBC Red or this....

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      09-29-2019 03:42 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by SIX SPEED View Post
      I see you also left a review on them:
      https://www.ecstuning.com/b-centric-...105.16330~crc/

      This will be the same for my car correct?

      Still thinking if EBC Red or this....

      Suggest you confirm that the 2019 application is the same as for 2018 but I strongly suspect it is. And yep, that’s my review. 10,000 miles on ‘em now and still very happy.

    17. 10-04-2019 12:28 PM #15
      how is the initial bite with those pads?

      one of the main things ive always disliked about modern VWs (i miss my 80-90-00s bmw brakes) is that initial application of braking often feels too grabby and ive found that ceramic pads can help with that feeling.

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      10-04-2019 12:42 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by MyHybridBurnsGasAndTires View Post
      how is the initial bite with those pads?

      one of the main things ive always disliked about modern VWs (i miss my 80-90-00s bmw brakes) is that initial application of braking often feels too grabby and ive found that ceramic pads can help with that feeling.
      The Centric PosiQuiet ceramics are WAY better than the OEM pads, no nasty hard-to-modulate initial bite. Rather the Centric's are quite linear in their force-to-braking ratio. I just upgraded my '18 GTI to a '19 R and have a set on order.

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      10-04-2019 01:08 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by RandyL View Post
      The Centric PosiQuiet ceramics are WAY better than the OEM pads, no nasty hard-to-modulate initial bite. Rather the Centric's are quite linear in their force-to-braking ratio. I just upgraded my '18 GTI to a '19 R and have a set on order.
      100% agree

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      10-04-2019 06:56 PM #18
      The Centric PosiQuiet are what I ended up going with they are now in the garage ready to be installed. I appreciate all the help.
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      10-07-2019 10:49 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by SIX SPEED View Post
      The Centric PosiQuiet are what I ended up going with they are now in the garage ready to be installed. I appreciate all the help.
      I got them installed and the hardest part was the dam clips they are so hard to compress to slide them in. I had to juggle them sideways. Anyone had this problem? I needed a second hand.

      They feel great! They are so much thicker than stock.

      I fallowed this guy's video: https://youtu.be/MqGPsuKN3B4

      Yes I had to compress the Pistons.
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