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Re: Best Street/Track Pads? (archive)

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Posted by Steve Walsh on February 13, 2000 at 14:29:27:

In Reply to: Best Street/Track Pads? posted by Greg on February 13, 2000 at 13:20:46:

Sorry Greg, they don't exist :(

Now you might replies suggesting Metal Masters or Performance Friction Z-rated or what have you, but forget it. Street pads are useless at the track, and track pads are not street friendly. My experience based upon trying:

Stock (Textar/Jurid) - good for street, with good 'cold' bite. Sucked at the track.

PBR (Axxis/Repco) Deluxe - same as above
PBR (Axxis/Repco) MetalMasters - worse than stock when cold, better when warm, but really sucked at the track. Even worse than stock when pushed,

Portfield R4-S - Not as good when cold as stock, much better when warm. OK as a track pad if you drive in Novice classes (or like an old lady).

Portfield R4 - Pretty good at the track, worse than stock on the street unless warm. Takes getting used to if you drive freeways, as they will always be cold for off-ramps. I've been running these for both for a while, but it does require extra thought on the street.

Performance Friction Z-rated - about the same as PBR MM's. Didn't like them in either role

Performance Friction PF90 - The best at the track. Like the R4 on the street. Noisy and poor cold stopping on the street.

So I'm going back to PBR Deluxe for the street, PF 90's for the track. two sets of rotors (they are cheap !). Note : I don't do autocross....cones in a parking lot does get me excited..sorry.

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