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Brake Pad Differences?

What is the difference in stopping distance between ceramic, semi-metallic and organic brake pads if your only going to drive on the street?

Picking a brake pad is like which side do you part your hair, as everyone has a preference.

Which one has more bite when stepping on the brake pedal?

I was going to get some Stoptech 308-00300/308-00450 but I can not find a dealer. Might consider Porterfield or EBC.

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Brake pads

I suggest you stick to the ATE original equipment pads.

Performance pads in general, require more heat to be effective.

I`ve used ATE OE pads in my racecars with no fade issues, and little rotor wear...

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I agree with Richard. Even the softer street/track pads require a bit of warming up.

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Ok, good information. The post intended to sort ou the differences between them. I have StopTech on our Acura that came with the new rotors I installed; love the bite they have.

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EBC Yellow stuff or Ferodo 2500, both are better all around than the ATE pad.

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My car is street only. The ATEs were perfectly adequate, but I swapped from ATE to EBC Greenstuff, as I was also considering a booster delete. Definitely more bite when stone cold, which is what they are advertised to do.
No doubt they aren’t as good under prolonged high temps, but I don’t drive the car fast enough for long enough for that to be a problem. They may wear quicker too...but with the miles I do, that won’t be a problem either.
As an aside, I also went down to 20mm M/cyl (from 22) with no noticeable increase in travel (fresh hoses may have helped there), but another commensurate (say 10%) improvement in bite for the push.
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The question is - are you talking single stop or are you talking multiple in series with time for heat to build up? Fast driving on mountain roads, track days, etc.? Single stop it makes absolutely no difference. If your car won't lock up the wheels on a single stop there's something else wrong with your brakes. If we're talking high heat application then Ferodo DS2500 all the way. Easy on the rotors but they do spew dust like mad.

I've never been impressed with StopTech. Never tried the EBC yellows - EBC green don't like high temperatures (great on a dirt bike though).

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i was looking at the EBC pads as an option. The car is for the wife and around town grocery getter. I like a pad with bite from cold and I don't get the rotors hot enough to make them stink in the garage. Dust doesn't bother me as most decent pads have low dust. Just means washing the rims with more detail than normal.

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Is bite from cold a good idea on slippery oil spilled on wet roads? I guess if your ABS works it is ... and of course there are big differences in what "bite" means.

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My car is street only. The ATEs were perfectly adequate, but I swapped from ATE to EBC Greenstuff, as I was also considering a booster delete. Definitely more bite when stone cold, which is what they are advertised to do.
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EBC Yellowstuff are superior vs EBC Greenstuff , performance are much better.

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I'll put in another vote for Ferodo DS2500 pads, too. They've been around forever, and yes there's a big selection out there which I have not sampled 100%. But I can tell you when I fit Ferodos on my S4 Spider, with new slotted/drilled discs, the stopping power increased significantly (no change in tires, either). It's like you dropped an anchor out the window, compared to the stock brakes. I've never felt them fade, either, in some fairly hard use.

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I have used Porterfield RS4 as a street and track pad with great results. As a street pad it is fantastic, with instant bite. They are now in my Duetto, the GTV now has Carbotech pads. Same instant bite and probably a little better but much more expensive then the Porterfields.

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ferrodo 2500 are way better than OEM pads on my LS, much better stopping power cold or hot. On the 4 cyl smaller cars I can not detect any difference between pads Ive tried.

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I am a big fan of EBC Green Stuff for street use
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I've never been impressed with StopTech.
I have them on two of my non Alfa cars they work great..on the Alfa's I've owned always stayed with OEM.

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