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i own a 2.0 16V super 1996. pls tell me what brake pads are most suitable.
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Apart from standard pads I have only used Red Dot and those are with grooved discs. The feel is more progressive and definately inspires confidence particularly in the wet because the ABS seems to come on far less often.

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A cheaper way may just be pads. The best I've tried are EBC Green Stuff. The were less speed sensitive and gave a more constant brake regardless of temperature. I felt that it was easy to keep the wheels right on the point of locking. They were fitted to my modded 75 (no ABS). I haven't tried performance pads in the 155....yet. Other pads I've tried are Ferodo intermediate competition and DS2000. Abex were also a good pad- used them on one of my previous Giuliettas- got them from Les Dufty at Automeo. Don't like Mintex pads though- I think the are inconsistent and tend to become brittle. All the pads were tested until the discs went orange except EBC which seem to keep disc temperatures down. This should help prevent warping.

I have never used performance discs as because the discs are grippier, they are also softer and wear faster and I'm a tight fisted Scot! wink

One final warning. eek! If you use performance pads which have a different friction coefficient, they will produce a different braking force for the same pedal pressure. This is a widely ignored fact. Unless you fit pads of the same friction rating you should either fit to all 4 corners or adjust the brake load valve to ensure maximun performance and minimum braking distances.

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Thanks for the info. that really helps
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How do you adjust the brake load valve?

I want more effort from my rear calipers.

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