[MR2] Brakes on Track ( was re: can brakes be on too tight? )
hillman at planet-torque.com
Thu Jul 2 12:54:50 EDT 2009
> Currently, I am leaning towards putting the best OEM pads my mechanic
> can find in Chicagoland.
> Question: I don't suppose that would be dangerous when I take the car to
> a track in Aug?
The only pads I would consider using are OEM Toyota pads from your
dealer, or quality aftermarket pads such as Porterfield, Performance
Friction, Hawk, etc.
OEM Toyota pads are the best choice for street use and/or autocrossing.
A lot of people (myself included) have wasted money and time trying other
pads for this over the past 20 years, and wound up going back to, as Aaron
says, the red box.
That said, if you are hitting a track around here, it is likely to be
one of Blackhawk Farms, Gingerman, or Road America. If so, and you have
a turbo, you will probably cook OEM pads. All three of those are very,
very tough on brakes ( I set metallic pads on fire at Blackhawk many
years ago ). The only track around here that I would run with stock pads
on a turbo is the short track at Autobahn.
If you have terminal brake fade at any of those tracks save Gingerman,
you are likely to bring your MR2 home on a flatbed. I would buy quality
pads regardless of cost, in your shoes.
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