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Old 04-10-2004, 04:30   #1 (permalink)
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Well, I never actually thought the quality / rating of brake pads would really matter in normal driving.. then my mechanic suggested QFM pads cause the previous, Bendix Ultimate / Premium (Not sure, I asked for premiums, I think the mechanic put ultimates on), tended to squeak a lot when I drove in peak-hour traffic and stopped/started heaps.. Now I wish I'd gone with bendix again.

Comming down a STEEP hill (this hill can almost bring an underpowered car to a stop, on the climb up) the brakes started to seem a bit funny after the first minute or so, then by the end of the descent, they were feeling strange, sort've mushy.. so I did the old come-to-a-stop test, and my god.. if I HAD to stop, I'd be totally ****ed.. it just rolled on and on for like 50 meters :(

Sorry for the rant.. point is, these QFM (not sure of specs) pads are not suitable for big cars like fords (even my EA which isn't nearly as heavy as the newer fords), with any sort of hard braking requirement.. You've been warned

On a seperate note, anyone know of any performance pads which don't squeak so much when used lightly but often? Or is this one of those, you can have strong braking, or you can have quite braking things? Looks like Bendix / Metal king for me :)
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Old 04-10-2004, 04:42   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Brake pads

I looked seriously at the qfm pads, but decided against them, I am now using ferodo ts 2000 pads, thay are brilliant, with no squeal at all and bite like a bitch even for initial stops. They arnt the cheapest though but i will definatly fit them again (they are soft on the rotors as well)

I had a thread somewhere just search for dba 4000 and u will find it

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Go Bendix none metal pads...best value = performance pad
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Re: Brake pads

I also hav QFM's, not the best performance pad by any means.
But rotor wear is minimal and brake dust is not a problem.
Guess it is always a trade off between performance and wear/dust.
Just a thought, have the pads had enough time to bed in properly?
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Re: Brake pads

I used some standard QFM pads for less than a week before I threw them out, they were absolute rubbish. I was getting brake fade and smoking the pads during normal street driving.

I'm currently using Bendix Ultimates and if installed correctly they shoud not sqeal. These pads are awesome for normal street driving and I highly recommend them!
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redGhia, how much are those Ferodo pads? My Bendix pads squeal like a five year old girl without her doll. It's driving me in-f#cken-sane. My mechanic knows squat about it, so I have to take my car to a brake specialist to get the problem rectified.
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DBA 4000 Club spec

Approx $190 for the pads, but they are the best pads i have ever used (whether not you can justify this price or not is completly up to you)
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isn't the harder pads have metal in them so they squeel ??
always bought bendix non metal pads around $59 retail...
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After reading this post, I went out and checked my front rotors (QFM's w/DBA s/x).
The front pads were half worn, and the rears were nearly new.
Discs were as new too, so the pads were friendly to the discs.
I then decided to get some Bendix Ultimates and put them on the front myself (no machining).
I went for a drive to bed them in and the improvement was good but the pedal feel was soft.
After the drive, I flushed the callipers with about one litre of brake fluid, now the pedal feels great and the car pulls up much more aggressively now .
I'm expecting the front rotor to wear much quicker now, but will give me an excuse to get "Cebcos", so my missus will love it .
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I'm thinking I need a good flush and bleeding of the brakes. Is it easy to do yourself?
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