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Brake pad recommendations for track Boxster-S

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I have a 2002 Boxster S (same brakes as 996). I want to get brake pads for TRACK ONLY, and plan to swap them in and out after each event, so don't care about friction coefficient when cold, squealing, dust, etc. I'll be will be doing some 3-day events. The consensus seems to be for Pagid Orange, but they are quite expensive for all four corners. Any experience with Hawk Black, or other less expensive brands for track only? I'm an intermediate-level driver, and Watkins Glen is somewhat hard on brakes...

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While the initial investment is high for the Pagid Orange pads, the overall cost can be lower than less effective makes. These things last a long time (relatively speaking). I went through a set of stock brakes in one weekend (and I was running on street tires!), swapped in the Oranges, and ran the rest of the season - about 12 track days - and will be starting this season on those same pads.

They may be expensive, but they are also good value.

IMHO of course,


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You can't beat Pagid Organge pads. I've been using them for over 10 years on my 911s and have nothing but praise for them. I don't track my Boxster S, but the weight is comparable to my '93 RS America and the Pagids truly do last (rotor friendly, too). My '73 RS (wannabe) weighs only 2150 lbs, so Pagids last a long time on the front and the rears seem to never need changing!


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...I want to get brake pads for TRACK ONLY, and plan to swap them in and out after each event, so don't care about friction coefficient when cold, squealing, dust, etc...

Try Performance Friction Compound 97. Very good feel at the pedal and gentle on rotors. I had them on for my track days but swapped them out during normal road driving as the dust is simply terrible (as with all track pads). Check out their website at www.performancefriction.com

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