Le Mans: GT Class
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Houston (Pearland), TX
EBC pads come with an abrasive crap coating on them that's supposed to do that. Take the rotors and have them turned with new pads. That's the way to do it right.
As for pads, ya I have Advance Auto Parts Gold or Platinum pads on my 3 (can't remember which end is which) and they work ok. I like performance pads because they have different bite characteristics.
I used to love the Axxis ULT(imate) pads till I had an issue with them on my protege about 4 years ago, haven't used them since. Carbotech makes good pads, but for non track use I prefer the bang for the buck of the EBC. The Greens work well for all kinds. I've used the yellows on multiple cars and they work well, but if the car won't see track duty I don't see the need. They are on the front of my MS3, rear of my Miata and all 4 corners of my dad's Boxster S.
Hawk HP+ will go on the STF car next, but only because of contingency. Otherwise I wouldn't run them. Still might not.
08 Mazda 3s Sport - new STF car (sponsored by BC Racing NA and BFG)
92 Miata - SSM light project
(formerly 2011 STF Mini Cooper)