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Old 04-04-06, 01:17 AM
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Good pad for autoX

What do you used. I've tried HP+, Carbotech Bobcats and Panther pluses on other cars. My rx7 is just scary to brake in since it have some real cheap autozone pads and I'm use to much better pads. What are my options. I'm leaning towards HP+, they rock in every department except for the brake dust.
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I use HP + on the fronts and HPS on the rears for autox, aside from dust they work great.
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I've used HP+ for light track and auto-x and like them. They will dust and squeal quite a bit on the road, so I prefer to rotate back to HPS for daily use.

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I also run HP+ for Track and AutoX, as well as the street, because I don't feel like changing after every event, and I only drive my car 1-2 times a week. The only bad thing I have to say is they are very bad on dust, and they squeal until they get good and hot.
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IMO, I think Hawk pads suck. I would spend the extra money on the Carbotech pads.
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I've used about all the pads under the sun and agree with the Hawk HP+. I could go on. Carbotech Bobcats would be a decent 2nd choice but they don't seem to have the same hot bite as the HP+.
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I had started using the HP+ all the way around, but found waaaay too much front brake lockup on street tires (4-piston calipers on the GTUs). I put the stock OEM Mazda front pads back on the front and kept the HP+ in the rear.....funny, I actually like the bias once everything is up to temperature, but it's crazy to see all the brake dust on the REAR wheels.

HPS would probably be a better compromise, but I will be seeing track time as well, and have a set of HP+ and Blues to try.

Hawk gives you $100 of product credit when you win a ProSolo.....kind of forces you to choose a "lower" friction pad.

FWIW, I only use the Hawks because of contingency winnings. I prefer the Porterfield R4S.

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We started out with the Hawk HP+ but the squeal killed us so we changed them out for HPS. My thought is that the HP+ wouldn't get up to temperature on an auto-x course so we are going with the HPS our first time out (April 29th). We'll let you know whether our thoughts were confirmed or not.
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If you do a lot of left-foot braking to keep the turbos spooled, and through the turns, like I do, then you need a pad that does *NOT* get better as it gets warmed up.

That's what happenned when I ran Carbotech XP8's front & rear at my last autox. As I left-foot braked, the wheels would just lock up, which means no steering! Once I lifted off the brake, she went in the direction I wanted, but it was too late.

In short, I was too lazy to switch out the Carbotech's from my last HPDE at Roebling Road Raceway with the Porsche club.

Hence, I went back to stock OE Mazda factory pads for everyday driving, autox, and less dust than the Carbotechs, which are now saved for track days.

:-) neil
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