By Tuan M. Nguyen
Last Updated: 07/11/96
Since these products were installed at the same time, I will evaluate the
performance of the entire brake system as a whole. On the most part, any
conclusions I reach will be based upon the system performance, but
wherever I can, I will try to distinguish the individual components.
The test car is a '94 GS-R coupe that is already mildly modified.
Friction Tech Brake Pads
- Semi-metallic brake pads
- 60% metallic
- small percent of Kevlar
- about $80 per set
Brake Warehouse's brochure states, "The friction material
blends extra fine soft steel wire with powdered sponge iron for maximum heat
transfer, and silver virgin graphite for smooth, quiet performance. The
resulting friction material (60% metallic) reduces vibration which causes
squeal, and runs virtually dust-free, eliminating the common problem of 'black
dust' on the wheels."
I can attest to the somewhat smoothness and quiet operation of the brakes.
Slight sanding of the pads revealed the graphite that was impregnated into the
pads. Varying pedal pressures failed to cause the pads to squeal. While I won't
say it _eliminates_ black dust on the wheel, it dusts about the same as stock.
It's still a far cry from the dusting that I've seen some carbon/metallics do
The use of 60% metal, makes for a pad that is easier on the rotors and
cheaper than the 70% Metal Masters/Max pads. However, I suspect that the
ultimate bite and fade resistance may be less than a higher metal content pad,
which is an understandable compromise.
Z.Speed Brake Lines
- braided stainless steel
- clear plastic protective shielding
- around $120 per set
This set does not have the colorful braiding that others
have, but the lines serves its purpose well.
Lucas Girling Brake Fluid
- synthetic brake fluid
- non-silicone based
- DOT 5.1
- compatible with DOT 3 and DOT 4
- compatible with ABS brakes
- around $18 per liter
The yellow color allows you to better see when the new fluid
is starting to bleed out. This is one of the higher priced brake fluids, but the
synthetic base and high boiling points makes the fluid last much longer even
under extreme conditions.
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