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    Default OEM Pads/Rotors/Service Questions

    Hi,

    So my front brakes on my MS3 are due for service, and I have been contemplating getting just the pads replaced or the rotors as well. I took a look at them today and as far as I can see, the rotors are fine, but the pads are wearing thin. So what I would like to know is:

    1. Do I need to replace my rotors, or should I just replace the pads?

    2. What are good pads to buy? (I do not need anything too fancy, I liked the OEM brakes and would be fine with those if I can find them cheaper than the stealership...who wanted around $400 for just the front brakes - they were including installation but that's still ridiculous)

    3. Where is a good place to go to get the brakes changed? I'm the west GTA (Mississauga area).

    Thanks in advance

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    Default Re: OEM Pads/Rotors/Service Questions

    Make the drive to Jimmy at Street Performance for install.

    Send a PM to Nextmod for some options and pricing, Hawk, Stoptech off the type of my head are good OEM style replacements.
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    Default Re: OEM Pads/Rotors/Service Questions

    Change the rotors too.

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    Default Re: OEM Pads/Rotors/Service Questions

    While at it, change both rotors/pads.

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    Default Re: OEM Pads/Rotors/Service Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by nrajput View Post
    Hi,

    So my front brakes on my MS3 are due for service, and I have been contemplating getting just the pads replaced or the rotors as well. I took a look at them today and as far as I can see, the rotors are fine, but the pads are wearing thin. So what I would like to know is:

    1. Do I need to replace my rotors, or should I just replace the pads?

    2. What are good pads to buy? (I do not need anything too fancy, I liked the OEM brakes and would be fine with those if I can find them cheaper than the stealership...who wanted around $400 for just the front brakes - they were including installation but that's still ridiculous)

    3. Where is a good place to go to get the brakes changed? I'm the west GTA (Mississauga area).

    Thanks in advance
    1. Replace both, putting an old and new surface against each other will wear your new pads out sooner

    2. Rockauto, napa, dealer affiliated with TM3

    3. A mechanic lol... it's just a brake job so as long as they are qualified and not a idiot you should be fine. I need to find a good mechanic in Sauga too... let me know if you find one. I was going to budd's while I still had warranty but I am fresh out now...

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    Default Re: OEM Pads/Rotors/Service Questions

    Hello again,

    So I've looked into a few options so far and here's where I'm at:

    1. I've looked into Streetperformance and will likely be headed there to have the install done, however I need to find parts first. At next mod I'm looking at close to $350 for parts alone and $75 for install. So that puts me way over the price of the dealership.

    2. I stopped by a part source (aka Canadian tire) and they gave me the following:
    - QLS 44580 rotors (according to the receipt): the only thing I could find on the box as far as a brand was "Certified - replaces 113-3184-6)
    - WAGNER OE SPEC Pads

    3. As far as the rotors go, i was thinking about having the resurfaced, but I gather its better to just replace them.

    So long story short, I've been looking and have so far had no luck in finding reviews about the pads. I am hearing that rotors are pretty much all the same (emit slotted or drilled). I have not installed the parts yet because I need to know how those pads are. I wanted the stop tech posi-quiet, but I really do like the stock pads and am being told that the Wagners are pretty similar.

    So, what I want to know is if anyone has had experience with the Wagner pads and if these are decent. I know there is Hawk and stop tech, but I'd like to know if the Wagner pads are okay for the car.

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    Wagner pads are meh. I like the feel of the OE pads for every day driving. But Hawk hps are a better choice than Wagner.

    And yes, its better to just replace the rotors.

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    Get the OEM rotors or Centric blanks at least...As for pads, Corksport ones are nice, I never liked the feel of the Hawk HPS pads, the OEM have great bite but dust like a mofo and fade a bit under really heavy braking. Frankly if I were in your position I'd just buy the OEM parts, go to an affiliate dealer with your TM3 plate covers to get your discount and then find someone to install them (they're just brakes and nothing overly special).
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    I picked up Centric High Carbon rotors and Hawk 5.0 pads. Pleased so far , but it is a pricey setup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by S.F.W. View Post
    I picked up Centric High Carbon rotors and Hawk 5.0 pads. Pleased so far , but it is a pricey setup.
    Should put it to the test at the October ILR track school

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    Default Re: OEM Pads/Rotors/Service Questions

    Is that $400 for only the brake pads or including rotors as well?

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    Change rotors and pads. I just got Stoptech Street Performance pads for $250 for front and backs. I also got front and rear slotted Stoptech/Centric rotors and they were $550.
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    Quote Originally Posted by betterthansx View Post
    Change rotors and pads. I just got Stoptech Street Performance pads for $250 for front and backs. I also got front and rear slotted Stoptech/Centric rotors and they were $550.
    I got my stoptech street performance pads front and rear from Alpha for $115 all in.

    But maybe that's because I'm loki....who knows..

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    Quote Originally Posted by loki View Post
    I got my stoptech street performance pads front and rear from Alpha for $115 all in.

    But maybe that's because I'm loki....who knows..
    Not bad. I certainly wasn't complaining about $250! Maybe I'm just a sucker?

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    Quote Originally Posted by betterthansx View Post
    Not bad. I certainly wasn't complaining about $250! Maybe I'm just a sucker?
    $250 does seem excessive for that brand. You can get Hawk HP plus pads front and rear for that price

    The Stoptech gear is really quite affordable

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    Default Re: OEM Pads/Rotors/Service Questions

    keep in mind that the the front oem pads alone are $185 plus tax after discount and the front oem rotors are $160 plus tax after discount. So it is possible that the dealership for $400 quoted you for brake pad replacement only.

    just a thought

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    Quote Originally Posted by loki View Post
    $250 does seem excessive for that brand. You can get Hawk HP plus pads front and rear for that price

    The Stoptech gear is really quite affordable
    HP Plus are awesome, but I wanted a do it all pad. The HP Plus does it all certainly, but you sound like a school bus while doing it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by betterthansx View Post
    HP Plus are awesome, but I wanted a do it all pad. The HP Plus does it all certainly, but you sound like a school bus while doing it!
    I wasn't saying to get those pads, I was just saying for that price you could have gotten those pads, which are pricier than your run of the mill aftermarket stuff

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    I'm also looking to change my front brake pads and rotors soon and the dealer quoted me $475 including labour. Hoping to save a bit of money and get it done cheaper so I was thinking about visiting Jimmy after I get my parts. Anyone else have any other recommendations on where to buy? I only know of nextmod and I'm not picky on particular brands as long as its decent. Probably just stick to OEM if possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbear View Post
    I'm also looking to change my front brake pads and rotors soon and the dealer quoted me $475 including labour. Hoping to save a bit of money and get it done cheaper so I was thinking about visiting Jimmy after I get my parts. Anyone else have any other recommendations on where to buy? I only know of nextmod and I'm not picky on particular brands as long as its decent. Probably just stick to OEM if possible.
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    Nextmod quoted me on OEMs:
    Front + Rear Pads = $120 cash price
    Front + Rear Rotors = $220 cash price

    so $340 (no labour) vs stealership which quoted me $475 for only the front. Do you guys recommended replacing all or just the front. I have no idea whats the wear like on the rear but I should check.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbear View Post
    Nextmod quoted me on OEMs:
    Front + Rear Pads = $120 cash price
    Front + Rear Rotors = $220 cash price

    so $340 (no labour) vs stealership which quoted me $475 for only the front. Do you guys recommended replacing all or just the front. I have no idea whats the wear like on the rear but I should check.
    For that price do them all. The rears wear quickly on these cars for some reason

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbear View Post
    Nextmod quoted me on OEMs:
    Front + Rear Pads = $120 cash price
    Front + Rear Rotors = $220 cash price

    so $340 (no labour) vs stealership which quoted me $475 for only the front. Do you guys recommended replacing all or just the front. I have no idea whats the wear like on the rear but I should check.
    Were they really OEM stuff? Seems extremely good deal compared to dealship prices.

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    Check out maxbrakes.com

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