There seems to be an endless amount of options when it comes to brakes. This guy says this pad is the best, the internet says this one is the best. How do you differentiate fact from fiction, brand loyalty from first hand experience? That's what I'm going to try and shed some light on today. Why I run the brakes I run and how you can make an educated chose as well.
I'm going to assume that you know what brake pads do, they stop your car by applying friction to your rotors or drums. One of the biggest things you must realize when selecting brake pads is their operating temperature. The lower their operating temperature the faster you will reach their effective operating temperature but you also risk over heating them if you go past that for a sustained amount of time. For example a street pad like the G-loc GS1 compared to a G-Loc R16. Don't forget on a road course your rotor will also be much hotter then Auto-cross,also your rotors will be hotter Auto-crossing then street driving. Like they say their is a right tool for every job, that applies to brake pads and rotors as well. Wait this may all still be to confusing so lets talk about balance.
"So what about rear vs front brake pad compounds." " Do I stagger or run the same." I know it's a tough thing to grasp your head around with out just spending a bunch of money, or at least that's how I felt. Well I got lucky and heard about companies like G-Loc and OG Racing. Not only did they help with this. They knew my chassis off the top of their head. Not to mention they walked me through the process of making a educated decision based on what I'll be doing with the vehicle.
Remember when I said how can you differentiate between the fact or fiction? One of the ways is ask racers, ask the racers on the pointy end of the grid. For time attack ask people like Mike Lewin. What ever Motorsport you are doing, typically the leaders are willing to share that much. Don't ask just one guy though, ask about 5. Then compare what you are told. At least this is what I was told and it ultimately led me to one brand in particular.
That brand would be G-Loc, the customer service has been amazing since day one and I honestly couldn't be happier. Some of the guys that I currently race with share the same enthusiasm for them. Brand loyalty can be misleading, on one end you have someone that could be pushing that brand because they never tried something else. On the other hand you could have someone that really believes that they are amazing. Ultimately its up to you to make that decision which one they are. If you ask the experts, ask your competitors that are winning, and do your own research on each compound I think you will be okay.