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Brake Options

Postby AlexM089 » Mon Jul 02, 2012 6:20 pm

My Miata is a 92 which I use for weekend driving and ~1 autocross a month. I have had a couple people drove my car and make note of somewhat poor braking. It has fresh fluid, SS brake lines, and no apparent vacuum leaks (did the engine-off brake hold, pedal doesn't sink). I haven't seen any pulling, uneven pad wear, or overheating rotors that would make me think I have a stuck caliper. The pedal is stiff on braking, it just don't have much bite. I am running the R4S pads in the rear, and Monroe ceramic pads in the front. My next step is to try upgrading the front pads and see if that helps.

I have been looking at the plethora of brake pad options on your site and am a bit intimidated by the numerous choices. I have done some forum research, but it seems like everyone has a slightly different favorite. The Porterfield R4S seem like a good choice, as they would match what is in the rear, but there are also the HP+, EBC Green Stuff, maybe even the R4, etc etc. I would go for the Axxis Ultimates on the basis of several glowing recommendations, but it appears they are no longer available.

I realize it's as much a matter of personal taste as anything, but what sounds like the best choice for me? Looking for good initial bite even when cold and low noise (if possible). Can live with a bit of dust.
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Re: Brake Options

Postby Brian » Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:46 pm

You have R4S in the rear so indeed I would start with the same up front.
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Re: Brake Options

Postby AlexM089 » Tue Jul 03, 2012 6:05 am

Great, thank you! Placing my order now...
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Re: Brake Options

Postby AlexM089 » Thu Jul 12, 2012 5:53 am

Thanks for the quick delivery! Got the pads last night, and installed and bedded them in. Took the car to work this morning, and the new pads have transformed the car! No longer do I say a quick prayer before stepping on the brakes. Highly recommended for street use, and we'll see how they do at the autocross Saturday.
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