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Ugh! Car parts are annoying!

I've been losing myself in pages of reviews and products all freaking day and it's annoying!

I'm looking at all kinds of stuff, from spark plugs to Cold Air intakes, to brake rotors and pads, and fluids for the brakes, differentials etc.... I'm EXHAUSTED!

Anybody got any good hookups on automotive products?

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Still in the air on the Cold Air but thinking about the SPT Cold air intake or AEM


And some freaking Iridium plugs that cost a SHIT load! Freaking $40+ for 4 plugs! On top of a couple other fluid flushes due - Coolant, AWD Diffs, trans etc

Trying to keep this car running STRONG for the long haul but it's freaking annoying and EXPENSIVE! Any leads on distributors around here you guys may be hooked up with would be SPECTACULAR!

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Looks like your making it into a race car vs a long term daily driver.
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Looks like your making it into a race car vs a long term daily driver.
Nah hardly, thats next year when I upgrade the turbo and the intercooler!!! But I would enjoy the opportunity to hear the mechanics of my turbo and blow off valves at work

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If D&D made a brake pad, they would be Hawk.
Really!? I've been seeing some pretty good reviews... Hmmm

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Not an answer to all your needs, but have you checked out sparkplugs.com? I know the price of the plugs I need for my jetski is a third of what everyone else charges.

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Not an answer to all your needs, but have you checked out sparkplugs.com? I know the price of the plugs I need for my jetski is a third of what everyone else charges.
I'll look into it now! Thanks for the recommendation.

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http://www.ghimport.com/ They are a brick and mortar in Oak Lawn. Very good people to work with. They know car parts, especially imports.

My only knowledge with Hawk is when my buddy used them on his '02 z06. They were loud, and took a bit to get them hot. He said the pads were ok on the street, but noisy. And were terrible on dust. Then when he would autocross it, the pads only worked well at the end of the run, so it took some time for them to heat up and work better than the stock pad.
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http://www.ghimport.com/ They are a brick and mortar in Oak Lawn. Very good people to work with. They know car parts, especially imports.

My only knowledge with Hawk is when my buddy used them on his '02 z06. They were loud, and took a bit to get them hot. He said the pads were ok on the street, but noisy. And were terrible on dust. Then when he would autocross it, the pads only worked well at the end of the run, so it took some time for them to heat up and work better than the stock pad.
Performance brake pads are almost always loud and dusty.

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I'm also VERY interested in installing a COBB TUNING ACCESS PORT http://www.cobbtuning.com/products/?id=3268

But that probably wont be till next year.

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http://www.ghimport.com/ They are a brick and mortar in Oak Lawn. Very good people to work with. They know car parts, especially imports.

My only knowledge with Hawk is when my buddy used them on his '02 z06. They were loud, and took a bit to get them hot. He said the pads were ok on the street, but noisy. And were terrible on dust. Then when he would autocross it, the pads only worked well at the end of the run, so it took some time for them to heat up and work better than the stock pad.
Quite a few different levels of application from street geared/spirited driving to track application which vary immensely considering daily drivers will drive through winter seasons and require the ability to heat up even in cold temps compared to strictly performance racing pads which ONLY operate well upwards of 400f once they've been heated up after a few laps in nice summery weather.

Very good chance your buddy seen "Performance" and pulled the trigger on some pads that where meant for a pretty serious application.

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Performance brake pads are almost always loud and dusty.
I'm aware, but would everyone want these on their daily driver? And a stock pad may work better 98% of the time, so why spend more if they won't be used to their limit? Don't get me started that brakes don't stop a car.
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I'm aware, but would everyone want these on their daily driver? And a stock pad may work better 98% of the time, so why spend more if they won't be used to their limit? Don't get me started that brakes don't stop a car.
Pfft, I use slicks on the street, that's how hard core I am

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http://www.ghimport.com/ They are a brick and mortar in Oak Lawn. Very good people to work with. They know car parts, especially imports.

My only knowledge with Hawk is when my buddy used them on his '02 z06. They were loud, and took a bit to get them hot. He said the pads were ok on the street, but noisy. And were terrible on dust. Then when he would autocross it, the pads only worked well at the end of the run, so it took some time for them to heat up and work better than the stock pad.
This++

Hawk Pads brake great and grip well, but you have noise and tons of brake dust. Took them off as they were eating the Alu wheels finish.

See if Autozone has the "CMax" pads for your car, they are made buy Baer brakes for Autozone.

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My buddy ended up using those pads only on tracks. He said for DD and autocross, stock pads were plenty.
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I agree with dave cuz hes an engineer.


if your going racing, just slap racing pads on, it doesn't take long to swap pads out.
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Yea I may just take it easy on the pads and just buy whatever the highline local stuff is, anybody have any takes on ceramic vs semi-metallic?

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brake dust. Took them off as they were eating the Alu wheels finish.
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Ugh! Don't remind me! I STILL have to get my car/wheels detailed and the front rims look HORRIFIC!!!!! I'd be surprised if there not permanently stained at this point!

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Find out what kind of brake pads came off (ceramic I'm guessing) and use those.
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Find out what kind of brake pads came off (ceramic I'm guessing) and use those.
I was the first and only person to replace the stock ones.

Dumdfucks at autozone couldn't even get the fronts in ceramic, cuz everytime they pulled the part it was the wrong FREAKING PAD!!! Of course how did I learn of this AFTER my car was already on blocks! I take them back in tell them I need the correct ceramics they bring out the SAME FREAKING ONES! Apparently the ENTIRE company had the pads "INVENTORIED" INCORRECTLY! I was a little pissed!

So I just did semi metallics on the front and ceramics on the rear.

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I have a great article from Grassroots Motorsports about that.
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If you want less brake dust def find those ceramics.

Check out these pads to, its what a lot of the autocross guys use.

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great pads, i ran them on my gsx back in the day

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If you want less brake dust def find those ceramics.

Check out these pads to, its what a lot of the autocross guys use.

http://www.ebcbrakes.com/automotive/...ds/index.shtml

great pads, i ran them on my gsx back in the day

Those are supposed to be some of the best all-around pads, kept hearing about them when I was looking for some pads for my Mazda

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Yea I may just take it easy on the pads and just buy whatever the highline local stuff is, anybody have any takes on ceramic vs semi-metallic?
I always recommend ceramics. The pads last long, have better braking power, quieter, and don't product dust. The only downfall is that they wear down the rotor a little quicker compared to semi-metallics, but the way they are making rotors nowadays they are practically throw away rotors anyways.
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If your looking at Centric Rotors, check out RotorPros.net. Order the black slotted rotors for your car. They are centric blanks, sold as a no name rotor. By getting the black slotted, your getting the nicer blank than if you ordered a slotted plain zinc coated one. You wont believe how cheap they are. Email them for a quote. They are so cheap I almost didnt get them because I thought there was something wrong with them. I just put some on my car with some Carbotech Bobcat pads and I love them! The pads are pricey, but the low cost of the rotors makes it tolerable. I have read up and many advanced AutoX drivers, especially in the G and Z community use these rotors with nothing but praises. Centric bough Stoptech and PowerSlot. My $0.02

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I always recommend ceramics. The pads last long, have better braking power, quieter, and don't product dust. The only downfall is that they wear down the rotor a little quicker compared to semi-metallics, but the way they are making rotors nowadays they are practically throw away rotors anyways.

I dont even bother turning rotors anymore, almost doesn't make any sense to do it. Half the time if you arent paying attention to the wear they are already to far gone to turn anyway, better off just buying the new ones and gettin it done with

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If your looking at Centric Rotors, check out RotorPros.net. Order the black slotted rotors for your car. They are centric blanks, sold as a no name rotor. By getting the black slotted, your getting the nicer blank than if you ordered a slotted plain zinc coated one. You wont believe how cheap they are. Email them for a quote. They are so cheap I almost didnt get them because I thought there was something wrong with them. I just put some on my car with some Carbotech Bobcat pads and I love them! The pads are pricey, but the low cost of the rotors makes it tolerable. I have read up and many advanced AutoX drivers, especially in the G and Z community use these rotors with nothing but praises. Centric bough Stoptech and PowerSlot. My $0.02

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I dont even bother turning rotors anymore, almost doesn't make any sense to do it. Half the time if you arent paying attention to the wear they are already to far gone to turn anyway, better off just buying the new ones and gettin it done with
Yea I didn't turn mine last time I did the pads, I couldn't get the freaking things off! So I decided to just throw some pads on there, attempted a rebedding process again and they've been fine overall. This time the rotors gotta get replaced.

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