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Hah! Awesome! And hats off to you! As a precaution, try and get the most extreme pad differential you can to enhance safety. Test it as best you can, and enjoy

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Here is a thought. Put a street pad in the front and a race pad in the back. That way the rears will never do anything scary back there!

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Here is a thought. Put a street pad in the front and a race pad in the back. That way the rears will never do anything scary back there!

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Did you mean the opposite?

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My plan was to match the front and rear exactly, caliper, rotor, and super light street pad (G-Loc GS1). However, if I have issues, I do have a set of RS14's I can add to the front, but I'd rather get something besides a pure race pad. We'll see how it goes down.

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No. The race pads will never bite under street conditions. They are like blocks of ice.

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No. The race pads will never bite under street conditions. They are like blocks of ice.

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Ah, that makes sense, they require a lot of heat to work properly.

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Don't match front and back, you'll have too much rear bias.

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Don't match front and back, you'll have too much rear bias.

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Are the Pagid RS14's "race" enough for the rear?

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I have no experience with them but reading the website, I'd say yes.

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Are the Pagid RS14's "race" enough for the rear?


I wouldn’t recommend it. Those were stock on my Exige S240, and I would not characterize them as “race”, more like streetable HPDE pads. It doesn’t take a whole lot to warm them up, and once wam they have a fairly high CoF. OTOH I did manage to overcook them on the track. I think you’d be better off with mild (low CoF) street pads on the rear and “autocross” pads up front (a more aggressive pad that doesn’t require much heat, Carbotech AX6 for instance).

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I wouldn’t recommend it. Those were stock on my Exige S240, and I would not characterize them as “race”, more like streetable HPDE pads. It doesn’t take a whole lot to warm them up, and once wam they have a fairly high CoF. OTOH I did manage to overcook them on the track. I think you’d be better off with mild (low CoF) street pads on the rear and “autocross” pads up front (a more aggressive pad that doesn’t require much heat, Carbotech AX6 for instance).

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Thanks for the info.

I'm really going to try the 50/50 first, then go from there.

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No. The race pads will never bite under street conditions. They are like blocks of ice.
Sorry, but I am going to disagree with this statement. There may be some race pads that will not warm up enough to provide any bite on the street, but the majority of race pads I have run will warm up on the street, especially on a spirited drive or just during one long high speed stop. Running race pads on the rear only will shift the bias from the front to the rear very quickly.

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@TedR - agreed, if they warm up easily I'll reverse my position. Either way, plenty of testing needed. I have experienced the loss of stopping power you get with equal brake calipers all round.

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