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06/07 WRX brake pads and rotors

My rotors have ~110k on them and my pads have ~56k on them, and although I could probably squeeze a bit more life out of them, I think I'm going to replace both this year.

Currently on my 07 WRX:
Stock rotors
Stock 4/2 pot calipers
Hawk HPS pads
Goodridge SS lines
ATE fluid

My car is my daily driver and it probably won't see any track events any time soon, but I do like to stretch its legs a bit when conditions safely permit. Since my car makes almost twice the power of a stock WRX, I'm looking for some decent braking equipment to keep me safe. That said, I could probably get away with drilled and/or slotted rotors since they won't experience prolonged extreme levels of heat so I don't have to worry too much about cracking. I am aware that they will wear the pads out faster than blank rotors, but I love the way they look and I'm willing to make that sacrifice. I think for my application, a two-piece rotor is overkill - same with a big brake kit. That's why I'm currently leaning toward DBA's 4000 Series T-Slotted rotors to satisfy my desire for something that looks cooler and performs better than stock without going overboard. Sound good?

As far as pads are concerned, I've been mostly satisfied with my Hawk HPS pads. They don't make any noise, but they do create what I'd consider to be a significant amount of dust. As far as performance, I can't compare them to anything other than stock pads and I'm not convinced that they're significantly better. The general consensus is that they're not very good, so I think I'll switch to a different pad. Ideally, I'm looking for a pad with better-than-stock performance in all conditions and lower levels of dust. Noise isn't really a concern because my car is pretty loud. Any suggestions?

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06/07 WRX brake pads and rotors

I think your on point with the rotors. Cross drilled are always a nice addition to slotted rotors too, but either way I think they'll be fine and no big brake kit is needed. And I've run various pads over the years, but I've been dead set on Hawk HP pads since I was young. They've never once let me down an exceed my expectations with mileage for sure, and that's even with the cross drilled and slotted setups I've had on all my cars.


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those pads don't make that much dust. You should do some heavy braking testing and then examine your wheels to see the pink dust hawk HPS pads make to differentiate brake dust from regular road/tire grime. Go like 60-0 and then 60-0 again quickly, it'll make some actual dust to look at for comparison. You know what WILL make some more brake dust? Slotted rotors.

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Sounds like that will be a fun test.

Maybe I should just paint my wheels brown so they don't show any dust/dirt.

I think I might give Hawk HP+ pads a try.

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Warning on those John, they take some time to warm up.

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Isn't that what they say about ceramic pads too?

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Yeah, I suppose but those are the only hawks I know anything about personally.

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Man, all this reading about brakes is making my head spin. I'm having a hard time with all the reviews - there is so much conflicting information and everybody thinks they're right!

Part of the problem is that I want it all and I'm just going to have to make a sacrifice somewhere. Reality is slowly starting to set in - I don't have a track car

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Here's a pretty decent article about pads: Essex - Learning Center - How to Choose the Best Street and Track Brake Pads

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