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yo honestly...just figure out which pads you want and call a vendor or pm a vendor. i won't tell you my secrets for getting shit cheap, BUT it never hurts to ask is all i'm saying

i got my ebc reds from streetunit, which is odd, cause it's semi-rare that i order from su. but mark is a great fucking dude, despite what i say about him on the forums...or in bed.
you can also talk to one of the pg reps (jeff or randy, wassup61 and palerider, respectively) and they can hook you up with hawks or axxis pads. they might also have access to other shit.
and the only place i've seen that has carbotech pads is from carbotech - http://www.ctbrakes.com/pads/mazda.htm
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Best deal on the stock pads is to buy from the dealer, let them install(if they're not raping you on the 1 hour labor). You get free replacements.
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Any one tried EBC yellowstuff yet? I would like to see a review of these on our cars.
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I have a set of EBC Yellowstuff pads on the way from StreetUnit right now. I'll be on the track this weekend so I'll be in a better position to tell you what I think at that point.

With all this talk of which pads will fit and which won't, I'm a bit concerned as to what I'm going to receive actually. I mentioned the size of the caliper when I talked to them because I believe that the person I talked to mentioned that all Mazda 3's are the same - which is clearly not the case.

Worst case I suppose is that I end up using the OEM pads this weekend. My S2000's stock pads are pretty good, or at least safe, out on the racetrack. Hopefully the Mazda pads are as well.


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after looking at the MS3 front pads, they look like larger version of the SVT focus pads.

But back to the topic, what year S40 T-5 pads will fit the MS3?

Also, what model and year volvo will fit the front MS6?

And is the rear barake on the MS6 the same as the normal MZ6?
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Originally Posted by darkstarmotorsports View Post
after looking at the MS3 front pads, they look like larger version of the SVT focus pads.

But back to the topic, what year S40 T-5 pads will fit the MS3?

Also, what model and year volvo will fit the front MS6?

And is the rear barake on the MS6 the same as the normal MZ6?
Don't know the answers to all of your questions, but the key to getting Volvo S40 T5 pads that fit is to get the ones for the AWD Volvo S40 T5. From what I recall from prior research, the FWD S40 T5 pads won't fit, regardless of the year...
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Originally Posted by Nliiitend1 View Post
Don't know the answers to all of your questions, but the key to getting Volvo S40 T5 pads that fit is to get the ones for the AWD Volvo S40 T5. From what I recall from prior research, the FWD S40 T5 pads won't fit, regardless of the year...

Well looks like I'll be doing a GB for just the Rear pad/rotors for the MS3. also can someone my other questions...


Also, what model and year volvo will fit the front MS6?

And is the rear barake on the MS6 the same as the normal MZ6?
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As far as aftermarket big brake kits are concerned, are the front brakes the same between the speed3 and the mazda 3? For example, will brembo or ksport brakes that fit the mazda 3 fit the speed 3?
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Originally Posted by marcusdigi View Post
As far as aftermarket big brake kits are concerned, are the front brakes the same between the speed3 and the mazda 3? For example, will brembo or ksport brakes that fit the mazda 3 fit the speed 3?
No, the MS3 front calipers and rotors are larger then the Mazda 3. Companies market them like that, because the Mazda 3 was create 3 years before the MS3. I would contact directly for which kit will work on the MS3, they should have a seperate kit
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does anyone have any idea about the differences between the autoexe street and sport pads? I've been waiting for my autoexe street pads for some time now, I'm tired of waiting, and I'm thinking of getting the sports pads instead.
However, since my driving style is rarely about pushing hard the brake pedal, my brake pads and rotors are always cold. I thought that the autoexe streets will be as efficient as stock (or more efficient) when they are cold, but what about the sport pads?
That's basically my only concern, not that they may produce a bit more dust or that they're a bit more noisy.

What do you guys know about these two? I know that EBC red are a bit less efficient when cold than stock, so I'm not considering them.
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i am new to the forums i cannot send pms yet, otherwise i would have to LiamT and hyedracyl

my wear indicators started squeaking bout a week ago at 25k miles. reading the break pad thread i have observed so far:

Mazda = Too Expensive
Volvo = No trim is exactly sized right for the MS3
HPS = Not enough breaking power

So I am seriously considering EBC Red or Yellow Stuffs

LiamT, Do you still recommend Red?

hyedracyl, never saw any update on the yellow stuffs, care to comment?

thanks

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Originally Posted by Jujiro_Prodigy_31 View Post
i am new to the forums i cannot send pms yet, otherwise i would have to LiamT and hyedracyl

my wear indicators started squeaking bout a week ago at 25k miles. reading the break pad thread i have observed so far:

Mazda = Too Expensive
Volvo = No trim is exactly sized right for the MS3
HPS = Not enough breaking power

So I am seriously considering EBC Red or Yellow Stuffs

LiamT, Do you still recommend Red?

hyedracyl, never saw any update on the yellow stuffs, care to comment?

thanks

oh, and if a moderator reads this, could you please help me understand y my avetar shows up so small? it never did this on any other forum. thanks


You might want to get with RaceRoots on the brake setup. I'm sure they can work something out for you.
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Originally Posted by Jujiro_Prodigy_31 View Post
i am new to the forums i cannot send pms yet, otherwise i would have to LiamT and hyedracyl

my wear indicators started squeaking bout a week ago at 25k miles. reading the break pad thread i have observed so far:

Mazda = Too Expensive
Volvo = No trim is exactly sized right for the MS3
HPS = Not enough breaking power

So I am seriously considering EBC Red or Yellow Stuffs

LiamT, Do you still recommend Red?

hyedracyl, never saw any update on the yellow stuffs, care to comment?

thanks

oh, and if a moderator reads this, could you please help me understand y my avetar shows up so small? it never did this on any other forum. thanks
The Hawk HPS pads provide at least as much "breaking power" [sic] as the OEMs, and do so with less fade.
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i read your other posts about hawk hps, you said you had to replace your rotors after you used up the hawk hps for the first time? you skipped turning the rotors a couple of times to straight replacing them?
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The Hawk HPS pads provide at least as much "breaking power" [sic] as the OEMs, and do so with less fade.
I am using centric's 'posi quiet' pads on my MS3 and they feel identical to stock on the street, and they are supposed to be less aggressive than the HPS. The only reason I went posi quiet over the HPS is because I was going for a budget commuter pad.

I don't know how HPS got such a bad rap on here. One person whines about it and all of a sudden everyone avoids it like the plague. I sell performance brake pads for a living and the HPS are the most popular of any compound I sell on EVERY car...WRX/STi/Evo/350z/MS3
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is it best to go with ceramic to avoid unnecessary wear to the rotors?

aw, nevermind, just found this on the forums by Racing Roots, appears I had it backwards about the wear:

2.Hawk HPS – These pads are also great for daily driving with their carbon/metallic compound. From customer reviews these pads tend to have a little less initial bite than Ceramics, but these pads also have much better braking over OEM. The reason why Carbon/metallic compound is used is because they wear slower, and last longer. These pads have low noise and low dust output, but not as low as the ceramics. These pads can also be used for autocross events, and they should hold up rather well. These pads might not hold up in racing conditions that exceed autocross speeds.
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The HPS pads hold up at least as well as the OEM pads in high-speed, open track use (at least that's been my experience).
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went with the hawk hps ceramic. they were VERY mushy the first few miles, had to use the hand brake quite a bit. but now they bite hard enough. must say, i am pleased. the next several thousand miles and how they hold up will be the true test of course.

the oem lasted 30k miles. they were squeaking quite a bit, before i replaced them and they were beginning to feel like they were falling apart. but when i took them off and looked at them they looked like i could have gotten a few thousand more miles out of them. meh
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The Hawk HPS is not a "ceramic."

There are Hawk Ceramics, and Hawk HPS, but no "Hawk HPS Ceramic."
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i wasn't even paying attention to what i typed. ya, i meant that i used the hps. i wanted good responsive braking power. i am pleased thus far.
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mazda dealers offer lifetime replacement pads... i go like twice a year lol
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The money I spend on wheel cleaner is negated by the free cost of stock pads.
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I just read the entire thread. /facepalm Will someone actually post something with either a link or a part number that WILL fit, will NOT need to be modified, WILL perrform as well or better than OEM or where to get OEM's cheap.

I'm on paper thin pads and need new rotors, I just need to get this junk replaced.
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I just read the entire thread. /facepalm Will someone actually post something with either a link or a part number that WILL fit, will NOT need to be modified, WILL perrform as well or better than OEM or where to get OEM's cheap.

I'm on paper thin pads and need new rotors, I just need to get this junk replaced.
According to O'Reilly Autoparts website the proper pads are MKD915. It says that it is compatible with MS3, Volvo S40 T5, and others.

Check it here: Brake Best MKD915 - Brake Pads | O'Reilly Auto Parts

I just picked some up and will be putting them on either tonight or tomorrow. The only thing that's weird is it comes with a wiring harness.
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damn... so ive been using the wrong pads... i bought mine at an autopart.... gggrrr
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I work for an auto parts chain (privately owned) LMD915A is the part number I come up with.
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I know I'm reviving the dead, but I was playing with O'Reilly's site... check this shit out for the fronts:

Volvo
. S40 T5 & T5 R
. V50 T5 & T5 R
. C70 T5

Saab
. 9-3 (Aero, Aero XWD, Turbo X)


For the rears?
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Ok, So I just got my 08 MS3 but it needs brakes (35k miles on the clock)

Is there much of a different in price from the MS3, S40, Saab pads etc or is it just the fact that any will fit?

Also the prices vary from $25 - $125, Can I get some feedback of whats good to get for a good price?

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Ok, So I just got my 08 MS3 but it needs brakes (35k miles on the clock)

Is there much of a different in price from the MS3, S40, Saab pads etc or is it just the fact that any will fit?

Also the prices vary from $25 - $125, Can I get some feedback of whats good to get for a good price?

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