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Old 12-06-2011, 12:16 PM   #1
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Info on Wagner Thermoquiet pads

My '96 900 is due for some new brake pads soon. I've done some searching and it seems the leaders are Hawk, various colors of EBC, and Akebono. I haven't seen Thermoquiets mentioned on here. Is anyone using them? If so, what experiences have you had with them? FWIW other boards seem to hold them in fairly high regard for their price point (~$50).

The new pads are either going to be Akebono or Thermoquiets. The difference is about $25. My car isn't tracked and occasionaly I'll do some "spirited" driving. Which pads would you go with?
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Unless you're going to be braking from 120mph frequently I'd go with the cheaper ones. Akebono's are pretty nice from my experience, but still not as good as Hawk hps for performance. I justified them for autox and drive like an ass hole when no one is around. However, I still have the Akebonos on my "comfortable" stage 3 saab and have no problems with braking from 120+. If the thermoquiets are that cheap try them. They can't be worse than the duralasts I put on my car, they were on the wear bar in a couple months.

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I had the Akebonos on my NG and i loved them...Stop great and literally no dust which was a huge plus for me
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I had the Akebonos on my NG and i loved them...Stop great and literally no dust which was a huge plus for me
I've heard that Akebonos were OEM on the 9-3, but then again, I've heard Pagid were OEM - any confirmation?

Do the Akebonos require warm up in the morning?
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I installed the Thermoquiets last night. Bedded them with a mix of 30-0 stops and 50-20 slowdowns.

Look for an update in a month to see if they are any good or not.
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I installed the Thermoquiets last night. Bedded them with a mix of 30-0 stops and 50-20 slowdowns.

Look for an update in a month to see if they are any good or not.
I like a dozen 60-0 stops. When the rotors turn blue from the heat you know you did it right
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I've heard that Akebonos were OEM on the 9-3, but then again, I've heard Pagid were OEM - any confirmation?

Do the Akebonos require warm up in the morning?
Akebonos were definitely not OEM. Whatever came on the cars were some horrible dusty semi-metallic pads. Most of us that have installed Akebonos have put them on because the braking performance is similar to the original pads, but they put out a tiny fraction of the dust. My car's original pads would make the wheels black in less than a week. The Akebonos I have on the front don't make them dirty at all, even over a couple of weeks. They don't require any warm-up. I think that's actually one of the benefits that Akebono touts on their website.
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