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Old 04-02-2010, 12:20 PM   #81
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The only negative I have is the brake dust combined with water if it is raining is very dificult to clean off wheels. Carbotechs clean up nicely.
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Spray Pam on the wheels and it works like magic with a hose.
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Spray Pam on the wheels and it works like magic with a hose.
I had to use Easy Off oven cleaner to get the dust off after running them hard in the rain once and not cleaning them immediately. Surprisingly the oven cleaner didnít really hurt the paint on the 949 wheels. It takes the anodization off the valve stems however.

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Some good info, thanks guys...
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hey Hus, you wrote something that caught my attention "I have ducting on them. The inside surfaces were worn significantly more than the outside."

this makes me wonder if the calipers are shimmed correctly & evenly... you may want to check that out
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Bump to this old thread since it has a lot of good info and I have another 2 cents to throw in.

For all the guys running the stock calipers with stock or corrado rotors I found out more about Cobalt pads. They have an "optimized" set of front pads for the stock calipers. These have about 30% more material that the standard sized brake pads. It is larger in every dimension. Only change needed to the caliper is eliminating the spring clips. I compared these to the pads for my Dynapro's and it's pretty damn close in how much material is there. Impressive.

Seems for some folks here before spending the cashola on Wilwoods, like I did, it might be worth trying out these pads. As Bbundy said, the Cobalts don't need break in or transfer layers, they work right out of the box and work very well.
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For all the guys running the stock calipers with stock or corrado rotors I found out more about Cobalt pads. They have an "optimized" set of front pads for the stock calipers. These have about 30% more material that the standard sized brake pads. It is larger in every dimension. Only change needed to the caliper is eliminating the spring clips. I compared these to the pads for my Dynapro's and it's pretty damn close in how much material is there. Impressive.
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Adrenaline Racing is the place to buy. Eddie is a huge Miata guy and supporter. He's also one of the few national distributors for Cobalt. Tell him Cueball1/ Casey sent you. Don't know if that's good for a better price or not but worth a try. Pretty affordable compared to Carbotech anyway.


I forgot to add, don't buy off the website. Call them directly. Not all the products are on the site.

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I just have to say that I am a distributer for cobalt as well.
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I never updated this thread, but I'm super happy with my new DTC-60's and RB front rotors. I work less than 2mm of pad on 2-hours of seat time, lots more torque means less pedal effort, the pad is very manageable at the limit, and the rotors are very smooth.
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Gotpsi,

Good to know! I'm thinking Cobalt may become pretty popular around here with the positive reports I've heard from a couple of users.

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Glad you can check one problem off the list!
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I am very happy with the cobalts thats why I started offering them, like everything else I sell Ive track tested them.
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I needed a pad for novice/intermediate n/a miata track days, i ordered the porterfield r4. after thunderhill next weekend, ill post my opinion.

The cobalts sound excellent though fwiw. if i am unhappy with the r4 pads, thats my next choice.
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What are the optimized pads going for?
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I needed a pad for novice/intermediate n/a miata track days, i ordered the porterfield r4. after thunderhill next weekend, ill post my opinion.

The cobalts sound excellent though fwiw. if i am unhappy with the r4 pads, thats my next choice.
I run Ferodo DS2500's on the street and 3-4 track days a year. They work great on my 99 (bolt ons and NT-01's), never a hint of fade, and it was like 90-100 ambient last week at Buttonwillow
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After reading most of this thread I'd have to guess the main reason to loss of pad life is due to the poor design of the Corrado rotors. If I read correctly, that's what was being r un at the beginning? The vent very poorly... even a standard Brembo or powerslot replacement would be lightyears better with cooling and overall life of the pad because of that.
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I absolutely destroyed a set of XP10 front pads at Texas World Speedway yesterday. Right now I am debating whether to get the cobalt friction or the Hawk 60s. I'm leaning towards the cobalts, just to **** off Hustler.

I saw Hustler's pads yesterday first hand. They look great except for all of the blood.
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Send me a pm or email if you want to get some ordered.
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Heh the other day we replaced my fathers breaks on his car. Nothing special but vatozone did say they have lifetime warranty on their "high performance" brake pads.. i wonder how many times they would replace if used up for track days.
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ZxTex you could go with the xp12 or xp16 front.
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ZxTex you could go with the xp12 or xp16 front.
I think if he did that the rotors would wear out before the pads.

If he switches to the cobalts he wont even have to have the rotors machined the pads don't need any help bedding and you can just slap them on any good rotor.
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