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    Default Upgrade Brakes?

    Oh, free time and boredom are a dangerous combination!

    After finding the alloys I wanted, I kept surfing, and stumbled across the EBC site. I know that the OEM brakes are very good, especially for the price, but wondered if anyone has, or has used, so-called 'performance' brake pads or discs?

    Just interested to see if they actually do make any difference when stopping?


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    Best brake upgrade you can make to your 1.9 is change the 278mm fronts for either a set of 302mm from a 2.0T (my old ones possibly going up for sale soon) or the 314mm from a GSi/3.0 CDTi.

    In reply to your original question, I've only used standard - the OEM pads, not the aftermarket ones that come in the disc/pad kits. Nothing wrong with those pads.

    One problem of putting EBC Green pads on OEM discs is that they apparently eat the discs from seeing other posts.

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    I've already got the big brake upgrade

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    Taxi!!

    There's nothing wrong with the VX OEM pads like I said, although I've never tried anything else to see. I know Plasma fitted Red Stuff and said they were lethal as they don't work at their best until they're fully warmed up (hence why they are aimed at track use) so first thing in the morning the braking power was somewhat reduced. Green Stuff is better, as in doesn't have that problem but reports back are that they eat discs - whether they eat the EBC discs as well I have no idea - but they are a lot more expensive than the Vx stuff and not sure how much, if any, better performance you get. Trying to think who has EBC discs and Green Stuff pads on their car.

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    GM pads can be hit and miss. I've had excellent results with them, and others were rubbish. I had to change the front pads on the Astra after 30k with less than half worn off them - they were rubbish, one day you'd nearly go out the windscreen, the next you'd hardly get stopped.

    I've use Greenstuff before on a previous Vauxhall, they were fine, but the discs wore quicker than the pads.

    I'm now using a standard type pad made by Apec - they're very good for the price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by _ZS_ View Post
    GM pads can be hit and miss. I've had excellent results with them, and others were rubbish. I had to change the front pads on the Astra after 30k with less than half worn off them - they were rubbish, one day you'd nearly go out the windscreen, the next you'd hardly get stopped.
    Did you possibly have the aftermarket pads then? I changed the front pads and discs on my 2.0T (302mm discs) using the brake and kit disc you get from VX which has aftermarket pads. These are significantly different than the OEM pads (i.e. what came with the car) and you really feel the difference. I soon went and bought a set of OEM pads and they made a huge difference. The price difference between OEM and aftermarket pads is not much at all. In fact it's cheaper to buy a disc and pad kit and a separate set of OEM pads than buying discs and OEM pads separately!

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    Vx also do Police spec pads I believe, they might be what comes with the upgrade rather than oem pads ??

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    You mean the 314mm big brake upgrade from LMF? If so then it does appear that they do come with the Police spec pads.

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    Maybe that's why they seem so much better than standard? And perhaps also why they're so pigging dusty!!


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    i had green stuff pads on various other car's and they do kill the standard disk's very quickly, the good thing is that they produce very little dust so the wheel's are alway's nice and clean, thinking of doing this in the future to my car, only this time i will have disk's and pad's go on
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