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Ceramic disc pads...


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Last weeks's MotorWeek's Goss' garage talked about ceramic disc pads. Supposedly these pads shed gray, non-sticking, non-corrosive brake dust. Are these generally available? Will they be approved as replacement disc pads by PAG?

I don't know if they'll be approved by PAG, but the ceramic brake pads have been around for a while. I've used them on VWs, Nissans, and Audis. Locally, the run of the mill NAPA Parts Stores and even AutoZone/Pep Boys carry or can order these for the garden variety cars; I am not certain they'll have them for P-cars based on their usual customer base.

From my experience, they do not create as much brake dust as OEM pads. The dust that they do produce usually washes right off with a strong stream of water. As far as braking performance, in my seat of the pants opinion they did provide greater initial bite than the OEM VW, Nissan, and Audi pads. On the flip side, they were much harder (more abrasive) on the rotors than the OEM pads.

Hope this helps.

Andre

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I have PCCB's on my new 06 997 C2S and you/they are correct that there is very little or no brake dust. Very easy to keep wheels clean.

These also shed 37lbs off the vehicle, stop like throwing an anchor out and feel superb to any other brakes I've felt including race steels.

Ceramic rotors and pads should be standard on all high performance cars!

One problem, when soaking wet, say after washing the car, they do not stop at all until dry. Also, replacement cost per rotor is $5K per rotor!

It's a great option if you can check off that box!

Regards,

Deanski

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I have PCCB's on my new 06 997 C2S and you/they are correct that there is very little or no brake dust. Very easy to keep wheels clean.

These also shed 37lbs off the vehicle, stop like throwing an anchor out and feel superb to any other brakes I've felt including race steels.

Ceramic rotors and pads should be standard on all high performance cars!

One problem, when soaking wet, say after washing the car, they do not stop at all until dry. Also, replacement cost per rotor is $5K per rotor!

It's a great option if you can check off that box!

Regards,

Deanski

I just purchased a 997 GT3 Cup car that was raced in the Supercup. It has PCCB brakes on it. I agree with your comments about the 37lbs reduction in unsprung weight. Have you ever raced with these pads in the rain?

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