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Old 11-23-2012, 03:19 PM
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Rear brake pad compliment to OEM front

So I checked the brakes for the first time on my 3 week old purchase, and I found the rear pads to only have about 1mm remaining (or less!). The fronts are still substantially chunky, so I won't bother with them, and I suspect them to be OEM Jurids due to the bite and dust factors.

My question is, assuming the fronts are OEM, what brand would be a good compliment to the fronts? I know Textar would be the first choice (if available). Basically I would not want the friction to be substantially more or less than the Textars, and I would preferably lean towards a pad that is the most rotor friendly. Dust is not a concern of mine.

If I were to replace pads at all 4 wheels at once, I would go with the Akebonos, but since I am only doing the rears, I wonder if the Akes would create a front/rear bias.

How about the PBR D1334D? They have them at FCPEuro for only $36. Does anyone know the friction rating? and the type of compound used?
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