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#1 Dose Pipe Sutututu

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  • Location:Australia NSW
  • Car:Boat Sutututuutu

Posted 21 July 2016 - 08:45 AM

Hey everyone,

So yeah, myself and the team at trak-life (not many of us) race our cars.. and we go through heaps of shit to determine what is considered best for x budget. Through years and years of trial and error, we've all come to the conclusion that Intima Brake pads are very decent for the price conscious consumer/prosumer such as the Nissan community.

If anyone is interested, here's an unbiased review of the pads:
http://www.trak-life...view-sr-type-d/

Of course there are better, however these better pads are about double sometimes triple the price. If money were no object, and I didn't drive/own such a shit car I would definitely go the likes of Endless or Project Mu pads - but most Nissan owners are always finding cheaper sustainable alternatives (and save the their money on Z32 gearbox conversions LOL).

Anyone else used budget track/street pads that are comparable to the premium brands?
Would love to hear your thoughts!

I was thinking of trying out Winmax pads one day as a comparison

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Edited by Dose Pipe Sutututu, 21 July 2016 - 09:28 AM.


#2 ru55kj

  • Joined:21-January 06
  • Location:Australia NSW
  • Car:S15

Posted 21 July 2016 - 09:53 PM

I use intima sr. I quite like them. They felt similar to ferodo 2500 without the price tag.

#3 Dose Pipe Sutututu

  • Joined:19-January 05
  • Location:Australia NSW
  • Car:Boat Sutututuutu

Posted 22 July 2016 - 07:38 AM

View Postru55kj, on 21 July 2016 - 09:53 PM, said:

I use intima sr. I quite like them. They felt similar to ferodo 2500 without the price tag.

What's the brake setup like on your car? Standard calipers?

#4 B00sted180

  • Joined:26-March 12
  • Location:Australia SA
  • Car:180SX

Posted 22 July 2016 - 10:22 AM

I usually get off the shelf RDA pads. I haven't had any issues with them due to only using the car on the occasional weekend on the street but just curious to how they rate to other pads.

#5 robJDM

  • Joined:12-April 07
  • Location:Australia NSW
  • Car:S15

Posted 22 July 2016 - 10:43 AM

Nice write up man :)

Where do you usually get the pads from?

#6 Dose Pipe Sutututu

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Posted 22 July 2016 - 02:25 PM

View PostrobJDM, on 22 July 2016 - 10:43 AM, said:

Nice write up man :)

Where do you usually get the pads from?

from ourselves haha.. we are resellers - however I'm always keen on trying out other pads.. next for me will be the Winmax pads

#7 robJDM

  • Joined:12-April 07
  • Location:Australia NSW
  • Car:S15

Posted 22 July 2016 - 03:37 PM

View PostDose Pipe Sutututu, on 22 July 2016 - 02:25 PM, said:

View PostrobJDM, on 22 July 2016 - 10:43 AM, said:

Nice write up man :)

Where do you usually get the pads from?

from ourselves haha.. we are resellers - however I'm always keen on trying out other pads.. next for me will be the Winmax pads

Haha sweet 👍🏼


#8 Dose Pipe Sutututu

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  • Car:Boat Sutututuutu

Posted 22 July 2016 - 03:48 PM

we always are happy to give SAU and NS members are good discount :)

#9 ru55kj

  • Joined:21-January 06
  • Location:Australia NSW
  • Car:S15

Posted 22 July 2016 - 06:35 PM

View PostDose Pipe Sutututu, on 22 July 2016 - 07:38 AM, said:

View Postru55kj, on 21 July 2016 - 09:53 PM, said:

I use intima sr. I quite like them. They felt similar to ferodo 2500 without the price tag.

What's the brake setup like on your car? Standard calipers?

R33 gtst all around

#10 datman55

  • Joined:17-January 06
  • Location:Australia ACT
  • Car:S15

Posted 24 July 2016 - 10:00 AM

I recently tried the Forza FR6 pads in the front of my S15. They are good on the street, and great on the track. I ran mine with dimpled and slotted rotors (standard 280mm diameter) and stock S15 callipers. I used to run Hawk pads in my previous race car, and I thought these were every bit as good as the Hawks. They had a really good progressive feel, without biting too hard initially. Fade was non-existent over three flying laps. Other advantages are no squeel and a low amount of dust.

RRP was $249 delivered to my door.

I'm now doing a complete brake upgrade, so the old set-up is up for sale. If anyone else wanted to give the pads a try, I'm selling the FR6 pads for $150, only done one track day.
(The old Callipers and rotors are also for sale)

#11 antonio

  • Joined:26-September 05
  • Location:Australia VIC
  • Car:S14

Posted 24 July 2016 - 12:33 PM

Great read, i personally use ProjectMu pads on all my cars but im always up for swapping :)

#12 andhey

  • Joined:10-January 11
  • Location:Australia VIC

Posted 24 July 2016 - 11:53 PM

I'm running the Intima SS pads on the front of my S14 as it's just a street/drift car and the initial bite on them cold is great along with the stopping power. They don't seem to be that dusty either which is a bonus :P

Keen to get a set of the SR's instead of the typical PMU's which i originally intended on for my s2000 when it's ready for track :) handy shop link in your article too

#13 Dose Pipe Sutututu

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  • Location:Australia NSW
  • Car:Boat Sutututuutu

Posted 25 July 2016 - 10:39 AM

able to give you NS boys a better deal than what's advertised on our shop :)

#14 pmod

  • Joined:13-May 10
  • Location:Australia NSW
  • Car:Fruity 180sx

Posted 25 July 2016 - 11:11 AM

I've been running Intima SRs with my R33 GTST calipers after Johnny recommended them. Been really happy thus far; decent bite and very easy to lock up my 235/45 Pirellis, which is what you want if running a street tyre. Haven't tried semi slicks with them as yet, however I think they might still be able to lock the wheels.

#15 alex90

  • Joined:26-September 12
  • Location:Australia NSW
  • Car:s14 zenki

Posted 25 July 2016 - 06:00 PM

I've been running project Mu's hc+ for 18 months now, and they have been by far the best pad I've had in my car (s14 w/r33 gtst rear end and s14 sumitomos w/dogbones and 324mm rotors) have done 3 track days, drift day and countless mountain runs and no fade whatsoever. One track day was eastern creek north circuit so the stress on brakes there was quite high.

However I'm always happy to try new and hopefully better pads, however they are going to have a tough time beating these!

#16 snowdude_r

  • Joined:31-May 11
  • Location:Australia QLD
  • Car:nissan 180sx

Posted 25 July 2016 - 08:04 PM

Didn't Stus15 always have a fair bit of input when it came to brake pad topics?? I think he had tried a whole bunch of different types


#17 Dose Pipe Sutututu

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Posted 25 July 2016 - 08:52 PM

View Postsnowdude_r, on 25 July 2016 - 08:04 PM, said:

Didn't Stus15 always have a fair bit of input when it came to brake pad topics?? I think he had tried a whole bunch of different types

he has since bought another car and abandoned us :(

#18 rusty1

  • Joined:07-November 05
  • Car:nissan 200sx S15

Posted 01 August 2016 - 07:50 PM

 alex90, on 25 July 2016 - 06:00 PM, said:

I've been running project Mu's hc+ for 18 months now, and they have been by far the best pad I've had in my car (s14 w/r33 gtst rear end and s14 sumitomos w/dogbones and 324mm rotors) have done 3 track days, drift day and countless mountain runs and no fade whatsoever. One track day was eastern creek north circuit so the stress on brakes there was quite high.

However I'm always happy to try new and hopefully better pads, however they are going to have a tough time beating these!

My favourite pad now as well for street and track the Project Mu HC+ and after 12 years of S15 ownership I have used a lot of different pads, Bendix Ultimates, Hawk, Ferodo DS2500, Endless CC-X, Mu B Spec's and Endless CCR's...The HC+ are my choice for Track and street...

#19 B00sted180

  • Joined:26-March 12
  • Location:Australia SA
  • Car:180SX

Posted 01 August 2016 - 09:22 PM

Comparing prices looking at $200 + postage for the Intima SR's and $348 + postage for Project Mu HC's. Are the Project Mu's worth the extra money?

#20 davidg2152

  • Joined:13-March 16
  • Location:Australia ACT
  • Car:S13 SR20DET

Posted 02 August 2016 - 08:22 AM

i was running project mu hc800's and they did not work at all in my 180sx track car.
faded after 3 laps and car is light.
had s15/14 brakes.
now updraded to r34gtt front and r33 gtst rears with winmax w5 front and w3 rear.
yet to test em out but hoping for a big improvement.

#21 Dose Pipe Sutututu

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Posted 02 August 2016 - 12:03 PM

 B00sted180, on 01 August 2016 - 09:22 PM, said:

Comparing prices looking at $200 + postage for the Intima SR's and $348 + postage for Project Mu HC's. Are the Project Mu's worth the extra money?

Quite subjective, however IMO the Project Mu HC800 are a bee's dick better than the Intima SR, however once you step up into the Type-D.. it's another level.

#22 liambrm

  • Joined:07-March 07
  • Location:Australia VIC
  • Car:1993 180sx

Posted 02 August 2016 - 03:59 PM

anyone used the qfm a1rm on the track have on the street and they do the job well but havent had any real heat in them yet

#23 shobotan

  • Joined:24-November 09
  • Location:Australia NSW
  • Car:RPS13

Posted 02 August 2016 - 04:19 PM

I've used the QFMs on track for club supersprints so maybe 8-10 minutes a session at SMSP on a relatively stock 180. What I've noticed is that on track they wear fairly quickly when compared to my current pads (Project Mu Club Racers). In the last 2 years I've witnessed two front sets of a1rms of fellow club members fail when they were just over half worn where the pad material disintegrated. They were working fine up to this point and seem to be OK when there's plenty of pad left.

IMHO the QFMs are a good value street pad but I'd be careful when on track if you really like to stand on the brakes or the pad material is getting to half or less.

#24 liambrm

  • Joined:07-March 07
  • Location:Australia VIC
  • Car:1993 180sx

Posted 02 August 2016 - 07:51 PM

cool might get some intim
a type d they seem to cheap to compare with project mu but temp rating seems good. 180 with 300+ will heat up r33 brakes pretty quick i would think on the track so need high temp pads

#25 B00sted180

  • Joined:26-March 12
  • Location:Australia SA
  • Car:180SX

Posted 02 August 2016 - 08:23 PM

View PostDose Pipe Sutututu, on 02 August 2016 - 12:03 PM, said:

View PostB00sted180, on 01 August 2016 - 09:22 PM, said:

Comparing prices looking at $200 + postage for the Intima SR's and $348 + postage for Project Mu HC's. Are the Project Mu's worth the extra money?

Quite subjective, however IMO the Project Mu HC800 are a bee's dick better than the Intima SR, however once you step up into the Type-D.. it's another level.

I'd be looking for something suitable for street use but also capable of being used on the track. The Type-D's were only recommended for track use.

#26 liambrm

  • Joined:07-March 07
  • Location:Australia VIC
  • Car:1993 180sx

Posted 02 August 2016 - 11:25 PM

use them on the street should be fine or there that cheap just take them out when your done put your spares in

#27 REAL OLDIE

  • Joined:02-September 13
  • Location:Australia QLD
  • Car:STARION

Posted 03 August 2016 - 07:03 AM

View Postshobotan, on 02 August 2016 - 04:19 PM, said:

I've used the QFMs on track for club supersprints so maybe 8-10 minutes a session at SMSP on a relatively stock 180. What I've noticed is that on track they wear fairly quickly when compared to my current pads (Project Mu Club Racers). In the last 2 years I've witnessed two front sets of a1rms of fellow club members fail when they were just over half worn where the pad material disintegrated. They were working fine up to this point and seem to be OK when there's plenty of pad left.

IMHO the QFMs are a good value street pad but I'd be careful when on track if you really like to stand on the brakes or the pad material is getting to half or less.

I had the same experience with QFM's

#28 liambrm

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  • Location:Australia VIC
  • Car:1993 180sx

Posted 03 August 2016 - 12:56 PM

maybe get some intima type d for track and leave the qfm for the street.
the type d quite cheap too which is good

#29 Scotties15

  • Joined:08-May 05
  • Location:Australia QLD
  • Car:S15 200sx

Posted 03 August 2016 - 02:00 PM

Stuss15 - swears by PFC 11 pads - im yet to try them. but he has treid many variations of pads/rotors/calipers.

i have Endless SSM - i cannot kill the f**kers. when cold, the bite is a bit hows it going for the first 1-2 soft pedal pushes. but plenty for say suburbs driving?
after the first 1-2 stop signs, cant fault them! stop on a dime when warm better when hot. f**k all brake dust. and pretty limited wearing ! i dont track the car, but had slotted rotors and SSM pads for a few years now.
did i mention next to no brake dust?? haha.for street, more initial bite might be nice? but they pull up fast anyways, so im not worried.

#30 KillaFlop

  • Joined:30-July 06
  • Location:Australia NSW

Posted 05 August 2016 - 12:56 PM

Currently running the Type D's on my S15 as a street/track pad, haven't really noticed much difference on the street compared to my old HC800 set besides just a bit more squeal.
That's ok though #becauseracecar





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