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    Default Re: Replying to Topic \'Brake Options for the Mazda 3\'

    Quote Originally Posted by Moose View Post
    Ok ... the CDN distributor now lists Brembo blanks for the 3 ...I have a call into my contact to see what is going on ... availability, price etc.


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    Default Re: Brake Options for the Mazda 3

    Doing normal city/highway driving what would be the least expensive, acceptable rotor/pad combination?
    MOOSE..are you a seller of rotors/pads?
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    Default Re: Brake Options for the Mazda 3

    I've had customers purchase both EBC Greenstuff and Hawk pads, both have made them happy. I've only sold the KVR rotors so far for the 3, and no complaints there either. The price/quality is a delicate balance, but I wouldn't recommend going cheap on either the pads or rotors, especially those $35 EBay rotors

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    Default Re: Brake Options for the Mazda 3

    Powerslot also makes some slotted replacement rotors for our cars too.

    2.0L - Front Left/Front Right
    768 PSL 768 PSR
    Rear Left/Rear Right
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    2.3L - Front Left/Front Right
    769 PSL 769 PSR
    Rear Left/Rear Right
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    Default Re: Brake Options for the Mazda 3

    Quote Originally Posted by cta patrique View Post
    I've had customers purchase both EBC Greenstuff and Hawk pads, both have made them happy. I've only sold the KVR rotors so far for the 3, and no complaints there either. The price/quality is a delicate balance, but I wouldn't recommend going cheap on either the pads or rotors, especially those $35 EBay rotors
    I will post my review about the greenstuff's as soon as I got 'em on my car

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    Default Re: Brake Options for the Mazda 3

    Great post. Especially since I'm looking for new pads, and possibly rotors within the next month or so.

    MazdaKitten, did you ever get the EBC greens? If so, how did you like them?

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    Default Re: Brake Options for the Mazda 3

    I'm looking to change my brake pads to hawks.
    can someone fill me in on the difference between
    their ceramic and hps series brake pads? (for mazda 3 2006 gt sedan)

    cta patrique, do you still carry these pads?

    edit: hawk's website description wasn't too useful.
    Last edited by Fuman; 06-29-2007 at 01:01 AM.

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    Default Re: Brake Options for the Mazda 3

    Hawk Ceramic are low noise + dust. Not sure about the performance. I believe it would be equal-to or better than OEM pads.

    The HPS pads are "normal amounts of dust" and probably a bit more noise. Performance should be better than OEM for sure, though I think they will probably need to heat up a bit to get to proper operating temps. I have a friend who uses these plus some slotted rotors on his 3 and his brakes are substantially less than OEM performance at the beginning of his work commute.

    I know some drivers who have also used HP+ and they are basically more extreme versions of HPS - even more resistant to brake fade caused by pads and can endure more abuse from track days but take even longer to warm up to proper operating temperature and can squeal a fair bit. These are street-able but probably not recommended for daily driving. Best thing would be to put them on for track days, drive to the track, have fun, drive home, put back OEM pads.

    Not that you asked, but I would recommend that if you want shorter stopping distances on the street and you don't autocross or track, you should consider getting better tires first. They're more expensive than pads, but they will really help you all-around in more applicable everyday situations. Actually, the OEM pads are probably even pretty decent for autocross as you don't do a lot of high-speed braking. I know with OEM tires, it was my traction that gave way first before the brakes.

    Oh and BTW, the Mazda3 parts numbers for Hawk in the first post seemed off. Here are the values from their website:

    Front:

    HPS Part: HB519F.682
    HP PLUS Part: HB519N.682

    Rear:

    HPS Part: HB478F.605
    Ceramic Part: HB478Z.605
    HP PLUS Part: HB478N.605
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    Default Re: Brake Options for the Mazda 3

    Okay, its that time.

    I just got told by the dealer I need to replace my rear pads. So I want to replace my braking setup to all new. I'm looking for a slight performance upgrade in pads. I'm wondering if its worth it or should I just pick up a set of pads from Canadian Tire. I'm looking into the Hawk HPS they seem right up my ally.

    What gets expensive is that I'd like to replace my discs as well. I want either slotted or cross drilled OE Replacements.

    I want to replace but improve a little at the same time. Where can I find a good deal. I really don't want to put a huge hole in the wallet. HELP ME!!! (Sponsors?)
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    Bump! Anyone?

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    Hawks HPS seem to be marginal better than OEM performance-wise but I haven't done quantitative tests. Where they definitely are better is in resistance to glazing if you do frequent heavy braking.

    For daily driving, I've noticed that they do squeal slightly when cold and brake application is light (i.e. when you come to a relatively gentle stop at an intersection). It's a bit annoying as I never had this symptom with the OE pads.

    Otherwise I've been running with Hawk HPS on all four corners for about 7 months now with no issue. I also replaced brake fluid around the same time.

    Not sure about discs. The OEM discs seem more than adequate performance-wise - we have huge brakes for what is technically an economy car. But I guess slotted / cross-drilled look better. I wouldn't recommend changing them if your budget is limited.

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    Default Re: Brake Options for the Mazda 3

    Quote Originally Posted by Elder_MMHS View Post
    Hawks HPS seem to be marginal better than OEM performance-wise but I haven't done quantitative tests. Where they definitely are better is in resistance to glazing if you do frequent heavy braking.

    For daily driving, I've noticed that they do squeal slightly when cold and brake application is light (i.e. when you come to a relatively gentle stop at an intersection). It's a bit annoying as I never had this symptom with the OE pads.

    Otherwise I've been running with Hawk HPS on all four corners for about 7 months now with no issue. I also replaced brake fluid around the same time.

    Not sure about discs. The OEM discs seem more than adequate performance-wise - we have huge brakes for what is technically an economy car. But I guess slotted / cross-drilled look better. I wouldn't recommend changing them if your budget is limited.
    Thanks for the informative write up Elder! ...best one I've read so far! I'm in the same boat as 3GFX and am planning on the HPS pads, as for rotors, if I can't find some zinc-coated blanks or slotted ones.I think I'll stick with the oem, your right they seem pretty good for the money.


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    Default Re: Brake Options for the Mazda 3

    I was suprised at how in expensive the OEM rotors are from Mazda. They are roughly $50 a piece which is awesome! The pads on the other hand, its cheaper to actually get an aftermarket performance set!

    I'm still in search of rotors that are within my range....

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    Default Re: Brake Options for the Mazda 3

    One more addition - if you are doing frequent hard braking, you'll want to change brake fluid above all else. It will likely boil and cause brake fade long before your pads glaze.

    Fluid > Pads > Rotors.

    Long, informative read:
    http://www.stoptech.com/tech_info/wp...fluid_1a.shtml

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    Default Re: Replying to Topic \'Brake Options for the Mazda 3\'

    Quote Originally Posted by sbmonkey View Post
    EBC Red stuff is also now available for the 3:
    Front: DP31524
    Rear: DP31354
    Part number is revised for EBC Red Stuff:
    Front - DP31524C
    Rear - DP31354C
    Can a mod add this to the brake options list in post #1?
    Thanks,

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    Default Re: Brake Options for the Mazda 3

    under what category?
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    Default Re: Brake Options for the Mazda 3

    Quote Originally Posted by S.F.W. View Post
    under what category?
    Street / Track / Autocross / HDPE Pads pads please.

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    Default Re: Brake Options for the Mazda 3

    looking to change my brake pads very soon does anyone have any suggestions for the best bang for your buck???

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    Quote Originally Posted by ggn00b View Post
    looking to change my brake pads very soon does anyone have any suggestions for the best bang for your buck???
    ppl here would say Hawk HPS.
    I was brave and tried Redstuff: Stay away from RedStuff. They squeal like a mofo on my car.

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    Default Re: Brake Options for the Mazda 3

    "Big Brake Kits ...Not that you really need it

    -TCE Performance products
    Front 13\" kit with 4 piston calipers
    Rear 11.75\" kit with OE calipers

    -Rotora
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    3 companies not listed that do make Big Brake Kits for the Mazda3/Mazdaspeed3.

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    i think i heard my first sign of low pad wear last night....fingers crossed and i'll be throwing my goodies on....lol

    i didn't know OEM rotors are so affordable....

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    Default Re: Brake Options for the Mazda 3

    Can someone confirm that the OEM rotors are actually as cheap as people are saying? They definitely seem to do the trick... especially at $200/set...

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    Default Re: Brake Options for the Mazda 3

    best bet is to contact joe (flipdaddy)

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    Default Re: Brake Options for the Mazda 3

    Well I can confirm the rear ones about $110 after taxes at MOT.

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    Default Re: Brake Options for the Mazda 3

    Anyone got a link for cross drilled rotors?

    I haven't had a chance to take off my wheels yet, but are the OEM rotors vented?

    Also, My parking/e-brake is pretty stiff, I don't really mind it, but is that normal? It doesn't go up very high in order to set it.
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