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    Default Time for replacing rear pads (1.9 CDTI Sri). Questions?

    Hi all.

    31k and rear brake pads are due for replacement.

    Thanks to advice and how 2's on here I am going to do the work myself, but just need to check a few more things first.

    I've ordered the wind back tool from E-Bay : http://search.ebay.co.uk/_W0QQsassZbazzer20022000

    and now need some pads.

    I hear the OEM ones are good but they are very dusty, I'm alsoo looking to improving braking all round as I've had a few heart stopping moments in Germany whilst braking very hard from around 135mph!
    The factory brakes might be good enough for 70mph to 0 braking but at about double that, they leave a lot to be desired.

    I'm probably going to go for the LMF kit for the fronts but not much can be done at the rears except for EBC green stuff, which wear the disks somewhat.

    So with that in mind, has anyone come across these? :http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/VAUXHALL-VECTR...QQcmdZViewItem

    would they improve braking?

    Thanks.

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    http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showthread.php?t=15092

    thats the how-2 for the rear pads....

    heard of Mintex before obviously.. very well respected brand..but are they THAT much better than OEM?..probably not...

    hard braking and the lack of stopping power is more to do with the front brakes, they do 80% of the work...so fit the 314mm conversion from LMF and then fit OEM's in the rear calipers...it'll give you a tremendous change in your stopping power..

    And one little aside..to stop better, you need a 'softer' compound which heats up better and usually results in more dust.. the harder 'longlife' pads are normally poor at stopping and produce less dust per mile..I use the 'police spec' pads in the front of the GSi..they dust like mad but i accept it.. it stops very well.. i just use 'brake dust barrier' on my wheels and hose off the dust every time i was the car before applying more barrier..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gsi3.2 View Post
    heard of Mintex before obviously.. very well respected brand..but are they THAT much better than OEM?..probably not...
    Especially when, for example, some of the OEM pads are Ferodo pads! i.e. the 302mm OEM front pads are Ferodo. Can't recall what make the rears were, but I remember it was a well known make.

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    Hmmm, OK then will probably go for OEM this time as the discs are still good, then upgrade the fronts to LMF soon.

    BTW, how much should I expect to pay for OEM pads for the rears at the stealers and is there a part no?.

    I may well consider the mintex box set when I need to replace the discs.

    Thanks again.

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    part number is 93183140...costs around £40+vat...thats the premium quality OEM pads, not the aftermarket spec pads....

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    i fitted the oem pads , but i have to agree they are pretty dusty

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gsi3.2 View Post
    part number is 93183140...costs around £40+vat...thats the premium quality OEM pads, not the aftermarket spec pads....
    Placed an order and apparently the pads have been superceded by part no 93190338.
    Any idea what this is all about?

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    Just to confirm, the wind back tool and brake pads I listed above, work perfectly.
    Job is very easy.

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    Apec pads work better, last longer, don't dust as much, and are cheaper.

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    How long do the APEC pads last, and what do they do to the disks?.

    35k on OEM's is not bad in my opinion and looks like the disks might last until around 100k and the 3rd change of pads.

    Can't really complain at that when I think about my old Cav MkII and how often I was replacing pads.

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