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BanzGotBoost 10-09-2012 08:58 AM

Brake recommendations
I know there are a lot of threads out there but I'm hoping someone could point me to a vendor or store that can get me the best deal. Brake pads need changing and I've been more or less happy with OEM performance. Took a look at the stop techs on amazon for about 110 shipped and was wondering if they would be better in the long run than say going to stock pads.

Also, how do you guys feel about getting brakes done at a local meineke for example. My go to shop is asking a lot for changing the pads and I'd like to look elsewhere. Thanks for the help :)

RabidWombat 10-09-2012 09:30 AM

In for answers as well.

Similar story, no track or auto-X, I'm looking for a good DD pads. My priority is good emergency stopping power.

The StopTechs have good reviews, and I'm also considering Carbotech's. Any thoughts?

trickniner 10-09-2012 12:29 PM

If you're just doing the pads you should do it yourself, you'll be surprised how easy it is. Save money, gain some knowledge and have the piece of mind knowing that it was done right by you and not screwed up by someone else.

BanzGotBoost 10-09-2012 12:46 PM

I totally would but I don't have tools or knowledge on how to do it

Max Capacity 10-09-2012 12:58 PM

You can buy your brake parts from someone like Mike at, He's on this forum. then have any repair shop install them.

Hawk ceramic pads and nice rotor's. You don't want stock pads, most of us have issues with them.

BanzGotBoost 10-09-2012 01:08 PM

Thinking those two, thoughts? I was thinking of taking it to meineke or like a jiffy lube

BanzGotBoost 10-09-2012 10:04 PM


a93x 10-10-2012 07:36 AM

Yes I run those pads and they are nice. Create quite a good amount of dust tho. What's the condition on the rotors? They may need to be re surfaced. Look into the "bed in" procedure if you've never put on new pads before. And I would avoid all things jiffy lube. Nothing good will come of it.

Max Capacity 10-10-2012 08:49 AM

Hawk ceramic pads, very low dusting, good braking. Order them from Mike at

There are also some members from area, check the local forums, may be one of them can tell you where to have them installed.

I would not go to jiffy lube to have brakes installed. Think about what they do there.

a93x 10-10-2012 09:14 AM

+1 to everything max capacity just said. Find a local import garage/Subaru shop or otherwise reputable brake garage.

Max Capacity 10-10-2012 09:25 AM

Also if your going to reuse your oem rotors, have them surfaced like they surface flywheels.

It gives the rotors a better surface for the pads to bite into.

When they turn a rotor it makes small grooves. The pads only hit the top of the grooves.

robertsm99 10-10-2012 09:57 AM

I agree on the Hawk ceramic or HPS pads, changed mine about 20k miles ago and not had an issue or squeal. Got them from Fred Bean parts for a decent price and had a fellow owner show me how to change them, not very difficult if you have the tools.

AZP Installs 10-10-2012 11:26 AM

Normally we suggest and install Hawk HPS pads as a general replacement for our personal and customer cars. They are a great daily pad and also not bad for light track duty. They are also fairly low dusting and noise free. We also carry the Stoptechs as a slightly cheaper option.

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BanzGotBoost 10-10-2012 11:51 AM

Azp u have a pm.

Thanks for all the input guys, I think I'll be taking it to my normal shop and just eating the cost of it. I think my rotors do need resurfacing partly due to the vibrations I'm feeling during hard breaking in the steering wheel. Any other recommendations apart from stop tech and hps?

Max Capacity 10-10-2012 12:34 PM

The HPS's on my 09 dust a lot more then the Ceramic's. I don't drive the Spec near as much as I do the wagon. To me the HPS's dust a lot more.

OP what your discribing is caused by the cheap pads not shedding the dust. The dust build's up on the rotor and causes the wheel to shimmy under braking.

It's been covered here for years.

The easy fix is Hawk or better pads.

Other recomendation, buy from the guy's here. You help them out, and you know what your getting.

Then have a good shop install them and ask them if they can have rotors surfaced not just turned.

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