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Brake Pads

Just wondering what kind of brake pads you guys use on your cars. I have converted my car ('69 Beetle) to disk brakes using the same pads as the stock 914 calipers (D31's). The weight of my car is heavily biased towards the rear - I figure about 67% towards the rear, so front end loading isn't very high.

Will using semi-metallic pads as opposed to organic pads make a big difference in braking performance? I know semi-metallic is superior for stop-n-go and at the track - but most of my driving is highway miles. Do I need the extra heat capacity of the metallic lining. Do semi-metallic linings have a higher friction coefficient than organic linings? What kind of difference can I expect?

Any particular brand? I can get Ferodo and Bendix from work in both organic and semi-metallic linings. I know this really isn't 914 related, but figured the racers would have some good answers... TIA
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I use Metal Masters on both 914s and our 1987 Turbo. No noise, fairly clean, heat doesn't affect them and easy on the rotors. Oh yea, nice price too.
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I would have thought those were 'racing only' pads and not suitable for the street - maybe I should re-consider. Do you use them purely on the street or do you autocross as well? Do they make a noticeable difference in braking distance or control?
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One set is on my daughter's daily driver 914 which is autocrossed a couple times a month. The other 914 is a race only car that is raced several times a month and the last set is on our Turbo which is street mostly, maybe one or two autocrosses per year. I did a time trial (continuous laps)in the turbo a couple of years ago and they worked fine with no fade of damage.
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I installed Metal Masters all around about a month ago. Also used anti-squeal pads from PP. Very happy with results. Remember, you must adjust rear venting clearance carefully and bleed, bleed, bleed, and bleed again.
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If you use the Ferodo pads, you can tell people that you have the same brand of brake pads on your car that the Lemans winning 914 used.

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