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    Aftermarket brake pads?

    Hello all,

    I'm wondering if there are better brake pads out there than what VAG offers.

    I'm looking for better initial bite, and am willing to trade extra dust and noise for that.

    Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

    -Ben.

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    Re: Aftermarket brake pads?


    Do Pagid do a fast road pad for your car? Used these in the past on previous Golfs and always had god results from the. Theyalso aren't as harsh as the EBC pads and are gentle on your disks.

    J.

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    Re: Aftermarket brake pads?

    Thanks J! I'll look around and see what I can find.

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    Re: Aftermarket brake pads?

    Shhhesh, just spent close to an hour looking for a 3.2 application: no luck!

    Tried EBC and EBC direct, and a bunch of other sites... This sux!

    Anyone have an idea?

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    Re: Aftermarket brake pads?

    Sorry can't help JB. But after swapping all my wheels around this afternoon I took a close look at my pads. What the h*ll do Audi make them out of, cause mine look brand new after 13k.

    Either that or I brake like a pussy [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

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    Re: Aftermarket brake pads?

    Well fellas, I give up: haven't found anything!

    Yup the standard pads are "long-life" too, lol!

    I'd gladly trade faster wear for more bite... The little twisty roads I drive on most of the time have lots of "nice" blind turns. Have to slow down for those... The standard pads demand that one hit the brake pedal hard and very fast to achieve significant initial deceleration...

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    Re: Aftermarket brake pads?

    From what I can see EBC do list a set for the 3.2.

    Have a look at this.

    I might be wrong

    http://www.ebcbrakes.com/Assets/2005ebcintcat.pdf

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    Re: Aftermarket brake pads?

    I could see rear pads for a 2003 -> 3.2, but nothing for the fronts on that ebc catalogue...

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    Re: Aftermarket brake pads?

    LOL at you lot and EBC,

    Cheap skates !


    If you want proper pads i would sujest Tarox.

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    Re: Aftermarket brake pads?

    all i will say is green stuff are crap, and they made a real mess of my old discs. allthough they were good at not producing a lot of brake dust. but not good when you wana stop quick.

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    Re: Aftermarket brake pads?

    I think when I called AMD they said that the 3.2 Front Pads are from the RS4 (Old One). This is certainly the case on 3.2 TT's. EBC do the red stauffs to fit.

    Steve

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    Re: Aftermarket brake pads?

    Hey, thanks for the input everyone.

    I have no personal expersince with EBC, nor do Iknow anyone with dirdet experience with them. Are they bad?

    I'll look at Tarox, see what I can find for the B5 RS4, and Rich@JBR is looking as well.

    S-Line, I know you didn't fault the brakes at the track, but I think we could get more initial bite from pads on our 345mm / 282mm discs.

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    Re: Aftermarket brake pads?

    well, here's TAR-OX's (acrobat) catalogue page for Audis:

    http://www.tarox.com/audi.pdf

    and sadly, no A3 3.2 app.

    The only S4 listed has 240mm discs (or something similar)...

    The search goes on...

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    Re: Aftermarket brake pads?


    Personally I would avoid tarox stuff unless your going for one of thier monster brake conversions and if that is the case then you may as well save a load of cash and get the mov-it set instead.

    Had Tarox discs and pads on my mkII Golf 2.0Gti and hated them, expensive and useless and that was on a light car.

    J.

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    Re: Aftermarket brake pads?

    I think not! The RS4(old) and the 3.2 TT has e 2 piston capiler and the A3 3,2 has a one piston capiler. But just looking at photos I think that the S4 B6 (probebly the B7 too) has the same capiler and discs as the 3.2 A3. Not sure but some one might know!
    So look at the ECS under the S4 section and make your own appinion.

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    Re: Aftermarket brake pads?


    Does the 3.2 not have the same brake setup as the R32 then?

    J.

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    Re: Aftermarket brake pads?

    Yepp... Thats what the Etka says at least.

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    Re: Aftermarket brake pads?


    If the 3.2 has the same brakes as the R32 then it's a 2 piston caliper on the front.

    J.

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    Re: Aftermarket brake pads?

    what size were the r32 fronts, and didn't they use those 'floating' discs?

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    Re: Aftermarket brake pads?

    The r32 fronts are 334mm x 32mm and no there not the floating type just the standard 1 piece disc. Actually from the the w8...

    J.

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    Re: Aftermarket brake pads?

    345mm, one piece, on the A3.

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    Re: Aftermarket brake pads?

    HEy i have a idea - what about the standard Audi Ones ?

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    Re: Aftermarket brake pads?

    What are "Ones"? Are they like disposable wet wipes? j/k ;-)


    Honestly, you just may have a point there. Although I can't help thinking the standard Audi ones have no initial "bite".

    Perhaps it isn't the pads' fault, and that I should be looking to reduce caliper flex instead (i.e. go for an entirely different setup). Or maybe go for stainless brake lines? (Although those never did much for me in the past, on 3 different automobiles.)

    Perhaps I should simply take a chill pill and leave well enough alone? Nah, forget that: this car is good, but it could easily be great!

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    Re: Aftermarket brake pads?

    the brakes on my a3 are better than the brakes on my WR1, leave alone mate [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

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    Re: Aftermarket brake pads?

    But they are so very inferior (in terms of initial bite only) to my SL's. And it's only a 500, not an AMG. And it's about 600 pounds heavier than the A3... Yet, when you hit the stop pedal, it bites hard.

    There is definitely room for improvement.

 

 

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