Many “car people” have the heart of a racer. We don't get to spend much time driving on an actual racetrack, though we do like spending time at them. But we do like knowing that our performance street vehicle is capable of making the leap to autocross on a whim.
The big brake kit looks great, but what should you load it with? Brake pads are not going to turn heads. No one is going to give you a thumbs up at the stoplight over your friction choice.
When replacing brake pads, a “break-in” or “burnishing” procedure is recommended to properly condition both the brake pads and brake rotors for the best service and long life. The burnishing process, if done correctly, does at least three things to the pads and/or the rotor:
When it comes to high-performance, semi-metallic pads, conventional wisdom will tell you that you are going to deal with a noisy pad. After all, semi-metallic pads are made of abrasive material. That is bound to produce noise, right?
Noisy brake pads can be an issue if you use a high-performance vehicle for normal street driving. Luckily, there is high-performance friction on the market today that operates at the quiet level expected from a normal street pad. You no longer have to sacrifice low noise braking when using performance brake pads.