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    This past afternoon I pulled the calipers off my front rotors to see why they were squeaking. As I had expected the pads are down to their last few mm and in need for a change - I also broke a metal brake line but that's for another day. I was going to purchase a set of Wagner Ceramic brake pads as replacement. Has anyone used these before? I have slotted/vented front rotors for reference, which need to be machined (and will be) before this is all said and done.

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    Porterfield R4S pads. You can get them through PMB Performance online cheapest.
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    I'm curious about the Wagner Ceramics also. I went through a whole search for pads thing, using all internet info, and it came down to the Wagners or Centric Posi-Quiet Ceramic pads. I chose the Centric pads but haven't installed them yet.

    I have Beck Arnley pads on now and they work well but they took some extra effort with the factory shims and anti-squeal spray to get them not to squeal. One pad still squeals when braking backward. One reason I went with Centric was that they seemed to have a good anti-squeal considerations,with shims pre-attached, and they say that they're "scorched" at the factory for minimum break-in time. Who knows...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zed Head View Post
    I'm curious about the Wagner Ceramics also. I went through a whole search for pads thing, using all internet info, and it came down to the Wagners or Centric Posi-Quiet Ceramic pads. I chose the Centric pads but haven't installed them yet.

    I have Beck Arnley pads on now and they work well but they took some extra effort with the factory shims and anti-squeal spray to get them not to squeal. One pad still squeals when braking backward. One reason I went with Centric was that they seemed to have a good anti-squeal considerations,with shims pre-attached, and they say that they're "scorched" at the factory for minimum break-in time. Who knows...
    Zed, I used the Centric pads on my car for the past three years (I don't drive so much really) and loved them but sadly they're pretty much gone now. I have a discount on the Wagner pads - $14 a set - which is why I ask. My driver's side pad (inner) is pretty much down to levels where I don't feel really safe driving much more then a few more days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pomorza View Post
    ... they're pretty much gone now ...
    Do you mean that your pads are used up, or that the Centrics aren't available anymore?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bacarl View Post
    Do you mean that your pads are used up, or that the Centrics aren't available anymore?
    By gone I mean that the pads are nearly down to the metal, maybe .25 inch left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by conedodger View Post
    Porterfield R4S pads. You can get them through PMB Performance online cheapest.
    I wish I had know that last week when I purchased a set of R4S pads online from the Porterfield website, the cost to my door in southern Ontario, $138. Half of that is UPS. I'm hoping they are worth it.
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    I'm running the Centric Posi-Quiet pads in Toyota 4x4 calipers on my 73. Absolutely no noise or dust. Since my dd is an Audi the dust issue is important.

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    Hey mates

    Just wanted to update you all on the brake pads. I did indeed end up buying said wagner ceramic pads and from the first few rides I prefer these over the centric ones. They just seem a bit quieter and have a bit more stopping power, or at least it feels this way.

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    Had two set of Porterfield's - they ROCK!
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    I just bought the Wagner PD161 ceramics and a pair of StopTech 127 Hi-Carbon Cross-Drilled & Slotted Rotor from rockauto for $160. Budget brakes that hopefully I'll like.
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    I'm running Carbotech on my 240z, both pads & shoes/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Sigarto View Post
    I'm running Carbotech on my 240z, both pads & shoes/
    Which Carbotech compound are you running, Fred?

    I went with Carbotech "1521" front pads and MSA's rear shoes and so far the brakes feel good with no noise. I need to bleed more air out and wear the pads more before I can really comment on stopping power or dust, but initial bite does feel good, even with a pretty squishy pedal.
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    i'm out of town this weekend, I'll check when I get back. If i remember correctly I got a compound for Solo/track days. Bought them 5 or 6 rs. ago
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    I found the brake boxes. Fronts were CT 57-913 Kelate* Metallic. The shoes, was hard to read, either CTS 411-913 or CTS 711-913, or CTS 911-913. (expensive) I worked one of the last 24 hour races at Nelson Ledges as a Pit Marshall. The "Spirit of DC 240Z" won, ran the race without changing the pads & shoes. It was pictured in one of the car magazines, I was standing next to it. I'll try and find it.
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