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I know, it's a commonly recurring thread but a lot of people are looking for high performance braking. I'm not, especially as I'm sticking with stock tyres (what good are better brakes if they just lock up the wheels and cause the ABS to kick in?).

I have 76.5K KM on the current set... it's time to replace them. I'm sick and tired of scrubbing the dust off the front wheels, so low dust pads are my main concern. This is a '99 model, so it's quite bad. My second concern is the occasional delay with the brakes in wet conditions - I'm guessing drilled rotors would help here.

From what I've read on this forum, it seems that the PBR/Axxis Metal Master or Deluxe pads would be my best bet. Any comments on these or possible alternatives?

I'm not sure what to do about the rotors though. Are the Brembo rotors worthwhile? What about putting the Zimmerman Sport Cross-drilled rotors on the front, or should they be matched with the same product on the back to ensure proper balance under braking? Is that even an issue?

And where to buy? I'm in Canada, but it looks like I need to find somewhere in the US that will ship north of the border. At least the exchange rate is favourable at the moment - thanks 'dubya :wink:

So far I've seen:
http://www.vwparts.com/ - seems expensive.
http://www.importrp.com/ - seems more favourable price-wise.

I can't tell from either site if the pads come as pairs or need to be ordered individually.
 

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DodgyGeezer, I'm on the Anti-Cross-Drilled Rotor gang... Unless you are racing your Passat, and change brakes often IHMO cross-drilled rotors are a waste of $$$. I know I sound like a broken record but go with ATE Powerdisc rotors up front with plain-faced rotors in the back and use PBR/Axxis Metal Masters pads.



DodgyGeezer, the reason I recommend the ATE's Powerdiscs is that the rotor's slot pattern does an excellent job of preventing brake-fade, but the design also forces your brakepads to wear evenly; which is a huge problem with cross-drilled and some slotted rotors. Also ATE's internal venting does a good job of keeping the rotor cool. Cooling is the major issue with rotors because if they get too hot they will expand and warp.

Check the Flash Demo on this site, which explains how these rotors really work.

http://www.conti-online.com/generator/www/com/en/ate/ate/themes/products/power_disc_en.html
 

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Swami, where did you buy those rotors? I like the concept behind them and want to order some.
 

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Evolutionsports - is that $110 each or for a pair?

I paid $64 (each) at Importrp. Not listed on their website though.

This is what I did:
ATE Powerdics Rotors on the front
Brembo rotors on the back (apparently they might be Brady - bought be Brembo)
PBR/Axxis Deluxe pads on front and back.

I chose the Deluxe over the Metal Masters due to what I saw on this page:
http://www.clubb5.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=72116&highlight=brake+deluxe+metal+master

I should have asked if they had Deluxe Plus, but oh well. The Deluxe looked better than the Metal Masters for most things except at high speed. Perhaps the slotted rotors will help. I care more about cold braking anyway.
 

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DodgyGeezer said:
Evolutionsports - is that $110 each or for a pair?
yup. it is indeed for the pair. i just got mine from them today. i still like the ultimates since they have the best cold braking
 
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