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Performance Friction 97 Race Front Brake Pads Mitusubshi EVO VIII/IX 03-07
by Eric Smith Date Added: Monday 31 May, 2010
Performance Friction PFC-97 front pads have transformed my Evo on the track. Tons of braking power, and consistent feel lap after lap, and Vivid has one of the lowest prices I've found on them of any reputable vendor.

I originally ran Hawk HP+ pads as a low-cost pad for both street & track, and while they are competent in street driving and light track duty, I was interested in furthering my track experience and began to push the limits of the Evo on the track. One of the biggest limitations I found were my brake pads. The amount of heat you generate in the front braking system of an Evo 8/9 on the track can be considerable, and the Hawk HP+ pads simply weren't able to handle that added heat. The pads would begin to crumble, and would put uneven pad deposits on the rotors when overheated, leading to the pulsing sensation in braking that many mistakenly refer to as "warped rotors".

After discussing the problem with several knowledgeable participants in the paddock, the consensus seemed to be PFC-97 pads, so I bought a set. The next event I did at Watkins Glen was a revelation. I had one of the best events of my life. Being able to brake late allows you to go so much faster around the track - I never would have imagined it would improve your lap times by that much. I ate up my run group and my face hurt from smiling so much throughout the sessions.

Special bonus - the PFC-97 pads proved very effective at removing the uneven pad deposits from my Hawk HP+ pads. A few runs at an autocross event had the rotors cleaned right up as if they had been machine turned. And yet, the pads are very rotor-friendly and do not eat up rotors as much as you would assume they would based on their fantastic braking power.

These pads will generate a fair amount of brake dust, but the dust is fairly easy to clean off wheels. Other pads I've seen produce dust that if you don't remove it fairly quickly, it will bake itself onto your wheels. Not these - all it requires is some wheel cleaner and some gentle scrubbing.

I've grown so enamored of the braking power these pads provide, I've started to run them on the street, too. They do tend to squeal on the street when used in continuous light braking situations, but a few hard braking sessions and they're back to being quiet. They also require some mild heat in them to be most effective - note, I would NOT use them in cold-weather driving on the street.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
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