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Author Topic: OEM Brake Pads  (Read 2359 times)
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« on: April 30, 2015, 12:46:33 PM »

Alrite, forgove me if this has been discussed  but i have tried to use the search and am only more confused. Plain and simple....

- Oem vs Value pads ( i've found people say the value pads come with hardware and oem doesnt, are the pads the same?)
- Oem vs Value pads part number for front and rear?
- Where is the best place to get them?
- Any other pads worth a shot with low dust and good stopping?

Thank you for any inputs...
Maduh Guinea pig.
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« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2015, 02:29:49 PM »

If your just looking for normal pads oem are fine. They do come with new hardware. Aftermarket pads or basically any pad not direct from Mazda will not come with hardware. Not that you really need it. Make sure they fit the 01+ sport brakes. IMO any oem or "value" pad is probably going to feel the same from any local FLAPS. If you are actually looking for something a little more performancy look into Hawk pads or Carbotechs. Both offer street level brakes. You can get these from any number of miata parts vendors.
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« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2015, 06:15:48 PM »

Carbotech 1521 (bobcat) series are terrific.  Low dust, better than OEM braking.    If you need new hardware, go with Centric hardware kits.

See this thread:,30131.0.html

If I recall the rear Centric hardware kit was a very good match to OEM but the other one was 50:50,  the rubber bits were good but the metal clips were a bit off.

If your use includes Track or Autocross then you will need to get the correct pads for the activity.  Call the guys at Carbotech, they will point you in the right direction.

And don't forget to grease your slider pins.   Binding slider pins probably accounts for a large majority of the brake issues folks seem to have.

« Last Edit: April 30, 2015, 06:18:10 PM by hox » Logged

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« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2015, 06:56:54 PM »

Am also considering the carbotech 1521's. I am using my msm as a daily driver so i do not want it to be dirty but still bites good. Read alot of people recommend the oem pads which is why i got so confused with the value pads option. I think i will give the carbotech 1521's a try and see how they go. Thanks for your replies.
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« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2015, 07:40:04 PM »

If you go with the Carbotechs, make sure you follow the bed in procedure.

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