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Brake Pad Friction Ratings #4543913
10/15/17 09:37 AM
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Shopping for pads for my Saab, I was surprised how hard it was to find out the friction ratings. I was looking for FF or better, but found few that published the rating or had a picture showing the rating on the pads.

Re: Brake Pad Friction Ratings [Re: ET16] #4543917
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rockauto usually posts photos of the brake pad and you can read the friction ratings on the pad.


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Re: Brake Pad Friction Ratings [Re: ET16] #4543929
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The problem is the cross over. If you look at the chart, and ff pad could also be called a gg at .45. An EE pad could be called an FF pad at .35.


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Re: Brake Pad Friction Ratings [Re: ET16] #4543936
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The odd thing is I've had some "lower" friction pads that felt more grippy than higher rated ones that have replaced them.

Re: Brake Pad Friction Ratings [Re: ET16] #4543986
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The friction rating doesn't tell the whole story, but I also consider it when buying pads.

Re: Brake Pad Friction Ratings [Re: spasm3] #4543989
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Originally Posted By: spasm3


The problem is the cross over. If you look at the chart, and ff pad could also be called a gg at .45. An EE pad could be called an FF pad at .35.


You might be overly concerned about "cross over." If the chart is accurate, the coefficient would have to be a single exact number to fall on the edge. If it's .01 either way it's a different designation.

Re: Brake Pad Friction Ratings [Re: JHZR2] #4544015
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Originally Posted By: JHZR2
The odd thing is I've had some "lower" friction pads that felt more grippy than higher rated ones that have replaced them.

Not odd at all. Cheap soft grippy-feel pads can fade a lot when hot, and thus get a lower rating.
Originally Posted By: stephen9666
The friction rating doesn't tell the whole story, but I also consider it when buying pads.

This.


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Re: Brake Pad Friction Ratings [Re: HangFire] #4544051
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Originally Posted By: HangFire
[quote=JHZR2]The odd thing is I've had some "lower" friction pads that felt more grippy than higher rated ones that have replaced them.

Not odd at all. Cheap soft grippy-feel pads can fade a lot when hot, and thus get a lower rating.
Originally Posted By: stephen9666
The friction rating doesn't tell the whole story, but I also consider it when buying pads.

This.
Originally Posted By: JustinH
rockauto usually posts photos of the brake pad and you can read the friction ratings on the pad.

and I thank them for that. I've pinged a few other websites about publishing this information, either crickets or nonsense responses, listing what's already on the site and no acknowledgement that the info I'm asking for is still missing.


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Re: Brake Pad Friction Ratings [Re: ET16] #4544144
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The factory Bosch brake pads on my GTI have an FG friction rating on them.



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Re: Brake Pad Friction Ratings [Re: ET16] #4544722
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The other thing I don't completely understand is where the 90R rating comes in. This only certifies that aftermarket pads are close to OEM in performance, right?

Re: Brake Pad Friction Ratings [Re: ET16] #4544789
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Originally Posted By: ET16
The other thing I don't completely understand is where the 90R rating comes in. This only certifies that aftermarket pads are close to OEM in performance, right?


It's is a ECE R90 regulation, which yes, coincides with OEM in performance (meeting or better), which also has country code stamping also

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Re: Brake Pad Friction Ratings [Re: ET16] #4546534
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Pad friction ratings are like UTQG tire ratings.

Objective, and meant to be useful, but only to a limited extent.


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