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Old 06-02-2010, 02:02 PM   #1
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Brake Pad Noise

I put on a set of high performance brake pads for a recent track day and - while the increase in performance was impressive - the noise is going to turn me into an axe-murderer very soon.

Naturally, I've done a lot of searching about for solutions; I understand the issues; and I've implemented a few solutions (Teflon spacers and then I tried anti-squeal goo behind the pads). While the noise has been reduced somewhat, any amount of fingernails on blackboards is too much, right?

If this were a dedicated track car, there wouldn't be an issue. But this is not a dedicated track car. In fact, it is my daily driver.

So the question is, is it futile to think that I could find a high performance brake pad that does not squeal like a banshee passing a cactus through its urethra?

Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 06-02-2010, 02:27 PM   #2
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what pads did you purchase? most often track junkies will swap between track pads and street pads.
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Old 06-02-2010, 02:49 PM   #3
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track pads are noisy and there is not much you can do about it. Best bet is to swap back to street pads for street driving, and only use track pads on the track. Track pads are too expensive to waste on street use anyways.
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Old 06-02-2010, 10:20 PM   #4
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I had to laugh! I use Hawk HP+ for the occasional track day. I had a HPDE about 3 weeks ago and normally I would have swithed back to a street pad by now. I have another HPDE this Friday so out of pure laziness I left them on. The squealing is driving me nuts and I cant wait until this weekend so I can switch them back. A lot of people look at me as if to say, "Hey! you got that BMW but can't afford new brakes?" Dumb asses don"t know nothin!

I'd recomend getting a set of street pads and swapping them out for track events. After you do it once or twice you'll be able to do it in about 30mins with your eyes closed!
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Old 06-02-2010, 10:40 PM   #5
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i feel you i thought i installed my brake kit wrong but i guess the noise is normal i love the stop power 120 to 30 in no time
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