I have a clio 1.5 dci 2004 and soon will need to replace the front brake pads and brake rotor.
Can anyone tell me their opinion on EBC brakes pads. I was hoping to use these instead on getting the standard Renault originals.
Being the tight fisted **** that I am, I don't really whant to pay out renault part prices. I will need to replace the brake pads and rotors soon, don't fancy taking them out now to see what they are only to put them back in so I can use the car to get the parts. But would be nice to know what make pads and rotors(discs) are used.
Personally, I like DON/MINTEX ... esp the performance pads ... but if you really want something special use TAR*OX pads, even if your not using their disks their pads are something special ... be prepaired to pay though
Ferodo ... quite good but if you have a heavy car like the Espace I found the glazed over .... not confidence inspiring, until you have braked hard again to clean them up.
The selection of brake pads is always a compromise. Heat is always going to be the issue because it's the only way any braking system can didipate its energy. Nobody has invented cold running brakes yet. Heat will be transmitted either by the pad or disc unless you have the very specialised water cooled variety (fitted to rally cars, etc). The genearal rule is hard pads tend to wear the disc - softer pads wear faster themselves - something gotta give - you may have to change a softer wearing pad more often but your discs are more likely to last longer. It's the old story you pays your money and your takes your chance. It should also be remembered many discs do not reach their maximum performance until they are really hot. Over the years I jave tried APEC which are reasonably price but have a tendency to squeal.
Got some from a motor factor for mine dont know the make but cant tell any difference in performance from the Renault ones, £7 for all 4, had EBC's on two bikes a Honda and a Kawasaki they made a very noticeable improvement on both I would not hesitate to use them again.
The brakes on the Clio with the ORG and cheapo can
only be described as excellent one of the best braking cars I have ever driven.
Had EBC Redstuff on my modified 9-5, they worked a treat but were VERY abrasive to the discs and reduced their lifespan by an estimated 50%. You may find you'll be spending on discs sooner than you would like to.