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Hi gents

Wondering the best place to get a half decent set of front and rear pads on my 2006 2.5 XT
 

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For half decent - I still buy Pagids from Eurocarparts when they have their 25% or 30% off codes.

For fully decent - i'll let others suggest as i haven't had upgraded pads on my Forester, instead opted for upgrading the calipers, brake lines, fluid and larger discs (but that's a few more £60s).
 

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Thanks mate

What ones will fit mine?? They list different ones even if I put my reg in ???
 

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Not sure for yours, but you can check your engine code and if it is EJ255 then these would appear to be the ones. You could also double check by measuring the front pad or checking what pads were supplied as part of the service history.

Brake System Tokico Height [mm] 56,8
Number of Wear Indicators 2 Thickness [mm] 16,4
Wear Warning Contact with acoustic wear warning Width [mm] 137,1
WVA Number 23865 Engine Code EJ255
Fitting Position Front Fitted Quantity 1
 

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For half decent - I still buy Pagids from Eurocarparts when they have their 25% or 30% off codes.

For fully decent - i'll let others suggest as i haven't had upgraded pads on my Forester, instead opted for upgrading the calipers, brake lines, fluid and larger discs (but that's a few more £60s).
^ +1 OE spec Pagids are a good everyday road pad.

EBC YellowStuff are a good uprated pad for the road. Plenty of others out there depending on budget and use.
 

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Ive got godspeed kevlar pads and discs with 4 pots.was a bit lost when looking for discs and pads on the internet.phoned godspeed and was told there are 2 types of pads for rear one has lugs cant remember other type and 1 type for all 4 pots .so dont know why people try to put different listings when they are all the same pads
 

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Don't buy Pagids. Cheap cra.... making a lot of dust, and not braking at all. Bare in mind our Foz doesn't have the best brake system anyway.
Go for genuine - not really expensive. Try here Japanese Parts | Subaru, Nissan, Honda, Toyota, Mazda, Mitsubishi ask for Luck, he is very good and will help you with choosing the proper parts.

If you want some aftermarket use one of the following: ATE (be aware there is a lot poor fakes on the market), EBC (will be good but they are quite hard and produce a lot of dust), and finally my favorite Havk Performance (more popular through Impreza users) and StopTech (Probably the best possible - but hard to get them in UK).

If you want to upgrade your braking without changing calipers and rotors (which is the most expensive option) replace pads and put new Stainless Steel brake lines plus add the brake stopper for new Age Impreza (| Performance Honda Parts | Staffordshire based Performance Japanese Car Part Specialists | Tegiwa Imports | Tegiwa the fender on Subaru is a really weak point.

And definitively change the brake fluid. My favorite is ATE blueracing - this is what you can buy in eurocarparts as the 1l is around 12£ I believe.

I am currently replace SS StopTech lines and install the brake stopper and it is muuuuuccchhhhh better.
 

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Another vote for the Godspeed kevlar pads. They are a set up from OEM and are great for general road use. If you are doing a lot of track work however I'd probably look at something a bit harder

Godspeed Brakes - Godspeed Brakes
 

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Can't believe that EBC are being mentioned, my 1st Evo came with Red's fitted, i would say dangerous when cold and not much better when heated up. My 2nd evo came with yellowstuff, equally as bad and talk about wooden feel - so i would remove EBC from your list.
Decent pads will dust, so that would be least of my worries when considering pads.
I don't know about OE spec Pagids, but Pagid do some great pads that certainly aren't cheap.
I never got on particulary great with DS2500, not so much performance wise but the feel from them.
Performance friction or Carbotech would get my vote, best pads i've tried anyway, not cheap, but the stopping power is awesome.
 

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^^^^^Old_Boy I don't want to start any dispute here, but generally brake components (especially pads and rotors) are very hard to assess. I had EBC yellow stuff on my Mazda and it brake like a hell comparing to previously used ATE and Ferrodo. I think the problem is every single brake system is different - consider for example disk and pads sets. You can use EBC with some OEM disks and it will not work properly, but then you can get entire set pads and disks and it will work superb. Bare in mind as well that EVO has slightly different braking system, different servo, lines, disks, pads, and calipers. I used yellow stuff on Legacy and it was superb. So it is very subjective thing, the same like with oils, or filters etc.
Coming back to Pagid - you can find some highend parts in every single company - probably even Textar have some good products, but that doesn't necessary mean that the quality/technology of those highend parts will be transfer to evryday use parts :)
 

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The problem with EBC pads is that they change the compounds of the pads but not the names. The EBC red stuff that I used 7 years ago were shockingly bad. Since then they have twice changed the compound but they are still called red stuff. So some people will have wildly different experiences with what they think are they same products but actually aren't.

I personally wouldn't use EBC pads again because of that reason.
 

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Konkret, wasn't starting a dispute, just my experiences with EBC and i know alot of other people share the same feelings as me.

"Coming back to Pagid - you can find some highend parts in every single company - probably even Textar have some good products, but that doesn't necessary mean that the quality/technology of those highend parts will be transfer to evryday use parts :)"

Exactly - thats why i said don't know anything about there OE Spec pads ;)

Hope that clears anymisunderstandings up :smile:
 

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I agree with Mark on the Pagids.
I've had Pagid RS 4-2-1 in my previous WRX wagon and they were great.
The specs of the RS-15 grey are phenomenal (highest friction coefficient from low down up to high temps) and these are what I am going to use next time round
PAGID RS-15 Grey Ceramic Based Brake Pads.
The EBCs get mixed reviews. The blues are OK but have a wooden feel in the first few brake applications.
 

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When I first got my Forester, it had genuine pads and discs on - they lasted all of 3 months before the discs were blue'd and the pads were scrap - I would not recommend this setup

Changed to Godspeed's Kevlar pads and grooved discs all round and they never blued or warped - I only once ever experienced fade with this setup.

Then I changed to Impreza 4 pots, I rebuilt myself using stainless pistons and pins and used EBC's BlueStuff Pads with stainless lines and Motul's 5.1 brake fluid from Opie, keeping Godspeed's discs still on - much much better and gives you much more confidence. I don't have any trouble in the cold either and driven on snow with them with no braking issues, using winter tyres.

** I switched calipers as my standard calipers were seizing and needed to be rebuilt so used the chance to upgrade to Impreza 4pots.

I've also heard good things about the Pagid 4-2-1 pads but there was a price difference and so I went with the Bluestuff pads
 

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Brake pads. Always a subject guaranteed to start a debate going! :biggrin:
 

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^^^^^^^Amen!
No worries Old_Boy, I was more concern that maybe my opinion will start dispute :)

I have heard about PAGID RS-15 Grey Ceramic Based Brake Pads - but I really doubt you can get them through eurocarparts - that was my biggest concern, if someone will follow the advice and go to eurocarparts they will offer cheap (and very poor in my opinion) aftermarkets :D I don't know why but whenever I asked in this shop for anything more sophisticated i heard: " Sorry Mate, this is specialist tool/part, we don't offer that".

And still I will be persisting in my opinion about EBC - maybe there are some less positive opinion about them - but still much better that average aftermarkets :D
 

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^^^^^^^Amen!
No worries Old_Boy, I was more concern that maybe my opinion will start dispute :)

I have heard about PAGID RS-15 Grey Ceramic Based Brake Pads - but I really doubt you can get them through eurocarparts - that was my biggest concern, if someone will follow the advice and go to eurocarparts they will offer cheap (and very poor in my opinion) aftermarkets :D I don't know why but whenever I asked in this shop for anything more sophisticated i heard: " Sorry Mate, this is specialist tool/part, we don't offer that".

And still I will be persisting in my opinion about EBC - maybe there are some less positive opinion about them - but still much better that average aftermarkets :D
I've used the OE spec Pagids, they're not bad - at least as good as any other OE spec pad IMHO.

Brakes are probably the most subjective thing though (even more so than tyres! :) as everyone's braking style is different - some are heavy on brakes and will eat though discs and pads whilst getting lots of fade, others are light on brakes and get hardly any wear.

What suits one person might be hated by someone else.
 

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Pfc carbon metallics. Nuff said.

I got mine from AS Performance. Ask for Alyn.

I have them in my sti now and they have not faded or worn quickly yet stop you dead when cold and even better hot.

Awesome and sensible dosh.
 
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