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Wow...the info gets better. Your trying to say ceramic pads..the harder ones as you put it...are the cheaper pads? OK...why? Also...ceramic disperses heat rather than just get hot and shred? The only way you would go through rotors is if you warp them from excessive braking and even then if they are thick enough then you may turn them....so how are ceramic cheap? So you think that softer ,quicker fading and non heat detering pads that absorb heat and can severely damage the pistons in your calipers..the most exspensive of your brake components...are better?? Dude rotors are not very exspensive. you can very easily replace older factory rotors at the same time you replace your pads and service your calipers. Rotor damage is a cheap replacement or repair. Ceramic pads last longer and far superior to the organic centric style your talking about. by your reasoning alone Porsche knows nothing about brakes because they use ceramic? Same with GM truck pads...thats why they average out replacement at the 60k service for normal wear? Your right....ceramic pads are no good.................................
Shit, is it that time of the month? Bit touchy?

I didn't say ceramics, I didn't even mention ceramics, I just mentioned inexpensive pads that advertise the fact they're low dust (ie: semi-metallic, metallic, varies by brand). However harder compound/longer lasting pads do bite harder on rotors/take longer to bed, and as such they cause more wear to the rotors. It's a matter of priorities. I can swap a pair of pads out in under an hour, but rotors? That's going to take me a bit longer. I'd rather swap my rotors every other time than every time. More over, having to swap rotors every time can be an additional 400usd (depending on what type of rotors you use, but in my case) per brake job) As for warping, sometimes you can get away with just having the wheel resurfaced depending on what type of rotors you have.

With ceramics, you have to be careful as well in terms of selection/application. With some pads (universally) you have to wait for them to "warm up" in order to achieve optimal braking. Ergo too much heat dissipation on a street car may not always be a good thing,but it's exactly what you need on a track day. Which is a complaint some Rover owners have when switching over to performance pads and as a result switch back.


In conclusion, rim wax, dp glaze, will help keep the dust off your wheels more efficiently than carnuba wax alone. However even a dash of carnuba will help.
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Try Swissvax Autobahn wheel wax. It's supposed to bee one of the best wheel protection waxes out there.
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So where can I get a set of these magic ceramic pads I keep hearing everyone talk about for my '03 D2? The pads (Ferodo) I have now aren't half bad, but I'm open to trying new things once these wear out.
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Go to Autopartswarehouse.com where they sell Akebono ceramic brake pads. You might also go to Akebono.com and read up on there product. I have run these on my 99 D2 with DBA rotors and have never had a squeak or any dust and they stop much quicker then my old Kevlar pads.
The front number is an AKEU 676, if you need the rears also let me know and I'll get it for you, don't remember the number off hand just that they cost me about $55 for the rears and $81 for the fronts.




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