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Replacing Brakes - Need Part Suggestions

Old 05-31-2004, 05:51 PM
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1988 N/A, 4-lug wheels.

My current brakes need replacement - the pads are worn down, and at least one rotor is warped. So, I figure I'll do a full change on all the friction parts.

I do a lot of highway driving in city traffic - so I need something that can handle a hard 80-0 stop without warping the rotors. Also, I like a hard brake pedal that's rather touchy.

However, I don't do any track driving, so I don't need anything insanely overkill. And, cold performance is important, since this car is my daily driver.

Suggestions? I'd like to keep the cost under $500, significantly less if possible.

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Old 05-31-2004, 06:06 PM
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Can't help on the rotors, but for the pads I put on some Hawk HPS pads all around and they are a GREAT street pad. They stop very quickly, are quiet, and don't create a whole lot of brake dust. They bite hard enough on the street to stop you quickly, but not so hard that you are constantly locking up your brakes. Oh yeah, they're cheap too, usually around $50 per set.
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Old 05-31-2004, 08:57 PM
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i've found that i really really like the carbotech pads. They have alot of different compounds and they don't dust as much as the HP+ i had before.
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Old 05-31-2004, 10:43 PM
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Usually rotors don't just warp from getting hot, it seems to be more of the super hot then super cold that tends to make them warp.

aftermarket rotors sell for around 75.00usd, oem's are around 100.00usd, slotted or slotted/cross drilled are all over the map usually starting at 100.00usd.
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Old 06-01-2004, 09:21 AM
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I'd take the rotors to a reputable brake shop, and have them turned (unless they recommend they be replaced). I have the HP pads, and they work great. Also, I've heard that stainless steel brake lines will improve braking response.
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Old 06-01-2004, 09:25 AM
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Pads = $55

Rotors = $99.99 each

That's well under your $500 mark
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Old 06-01-2004, 02:18 PM
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I have an 88 4 lug too.. I use Hawk HP+ pads in the front, HPS rear, stock replacement rotors & calipers, Mazdatrix stainless lines, and Motul 600 fluid. It stops great... the hotter the better. I can't imagine a need for a 4 piston swap. The HP+ eat the rotors pretty quick but I don't mind spending $60 for a pair of new rotors every couple years.
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Old 06-01-2004, 02:22 PM
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Wow Im glad this topic was brought up, I guess I was just to lazy to start a thread about it, I need a mad break replacement.
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Old 06-01-2004, 02:22 PM
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Actually I think I have a set of HPS pads that I would be willing to blow out cheap if you are interested... as long as you don't have the 4 piston calipers.
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Old 06-01-2004, 03:04 PM
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I dont know what you guys are talking about when you say that the Hawk HPS pads are quiet...? I had them on my car when i bought it and if i wasnt slamming on the brakes they were screaming and hollering so loud it hurt the ears. I have brembo slotted and cross drilled rotors too if that makes any difference, but i would NOT recomend the Hawk HPS pads.
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