Anyone tried new ceramic disc/drum brake pads or shoes on their GS yet?

Discussion in 'The whoa and the sway.' started by 70 gsconvt, Sep 18, 2004.

  1. 70 gsconvt

    70 gsconvt Silver Level contributor

    Hi, I've been researching upgrading my braking system from stock. I've been reading about ceramic brake pads and shoes and was wondering if anyone had tried them yet.

    I'm thinking of putting slotted rotors up front with braided lines and ceramic pads and then putting ceramic shoes with new spring kit out back with my aluminum drums. Either that or a rear disc brake conversion that's going on in another thread here now.

  2. LARRY70GS

    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD" Staff Member

    Carl Rychlik on this BB has them on the front of his Stage1, and his brakes are awesome. From what I understand, the coefficient of friction is better for ceramic to metal, and they hold up to heat better. I just bought a set of Morse ceramic disc brake pads, but haven't put them on yet, because I discovered one of my calipers is hanging up(piston boot popped out and is jamming the piston) Gonna replace both calipers, rebuilts are cheap. Give Carl a pm, he can tell you more.
  3. Ken R. Nissen

    Ken R. Nissen Well-Known Member

    brake shoes

    Would the ceramic shoes be better for a car with all drum brakes? If so, where are they purchased? If I put a wider drum on the rear of my car,wouldn't that make the backspacing smaller? As in moving the wheel toward the inner fender? Ken
  4. D-Con

    D-Con Kills Rats and Mice

    My pop maintains the Police cars in Helena and swears by the Performance Friction brand ceramics. He says they last and stop better than any other brand-name he has tried. They are supposedly who most of NASCAR uses, if that means anything other than contingency money.

    I'm going to try them on my pickup soon.
  5. 70 gsconvt

    70 gsconvt Silver Level contributor

    Here's a couple places that sell the ceramic pads and shoes. Both do sell them, it's just that one of them does not show them individually on their website.


    Here is their brake shoes page:

    I actually think I'm going to try the PraiseDynoBrake place. Their Stage 1 kit is $225 and has everything I need. They want $475 for their Stage 2 kit, and all I can see that you get more is the front rotors/bearings. $250 seems like a lot for some slotted rotors. I can get a pair of slotted/cross drilled for about $150, delivered to my house. I'm actually borrowing a G-Tech from a fellow board member and will be doing an imprompto brake test. I'll do a series of 60-0 test with the stock setup I currently have and then swap everything out and see what happens. Probably do 5-6 runs to heat up everything and see about fade also.

  6. gstewart

    gstewart Well-Known Member

    at the windsor police service , we use ceramic brakes on the crown vics but we also cryogenically treat the pads , rotors, etc . . this really makes the brake parts last much longer .
  7. 70 gsconvt

    70 gsconvt Silver Level contributor

    Yea, the place I'm going to get the stuff from freezes their parts. BBRRRRRRR!!!

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