12-26-2006, 07:35 AM
Haven't decided against a dual tire setup, and would like upgraded pads (although I will have dedicated track pads). I have noticed some fading after spirited driving.
Think I will get the Avon Tech M550 A/S from tirerack over the ContiExtremes. Guy said Avons are ranked #1 now over the Contis and have better dry traction (I have a Jeep for those 5 snowy days we get).
Will get Axxis Metal Master or Hawk APS, don't know from where yet, and throw some Motul RBF in there at the same time.
I plan to get the tires shipped to Pro-Imports in Rockville (as well as get the brake job done there.) They are right next to my office, and couldn't be more convenient. Also recommended by tirerack.
Looking forward to your feedback, and Happy Holidays everyone!
12-26-2006, 08:27 AM
bothers you. Personally, the exhaust on my car is loud enough that I didn't REALLY notice. They provide great wet/dry/snow traction as I ran them through all the different elements for about a year so far.
Can't go wrong with Motul, just remember that it needs to be changed more frequently than conventional brake fluid.
As far as the pads. I don't have any experience with those two particular brands. I've used Pagid, Mintex , Porterfield, Kerr and Carbotech. I would probably recommend Mintex Reds or Carbotech XP8's (www.brakeswap.com) for the street.
12-26-2006, 09:42 AM
Sorry, no experience with those tires.
I run the Motul RBF600 brake fluid. I haven't had any problems with it, so I haven't tried anything else. It's just expensive and doesn't have a long shelf life.
As for pads, I ran OEM and Mintex Red Box pads on the street for my stock brake setup in the front. The Mintex faded BADLY while on the Fall Fun Run back in October/November (whenever that was)...they were not designed for the spirited drive. However, they didn't dust much and were silent.
Since I installed StopTechs, I've run the Hawk HPS on the street (came with the kit). No real complaints other than occasional squeaking. Relatively low dust (more than the Mintex) and they're smooth. It's just tough to go back to street pads after a couple days at the track...knowing what the track pads are capabale of doing and how solid they feel.
I still have a stock setup in the rear and have Ferodo DS2500 pads back there. They've done a good job of dual street/track duty.
12-26-2006, 11:36 AM
just kidding. It's my dad's car, hence the one set of A/S tires. He doesn't want to bother with two...
It's his money and my time. He'd also prob get pissed watching me take his car apart. Don't know if he's scared of me messing it up, or me wasting my time working on his car ;)
I've read a few posts on changing the pads and it doesn't look too tough. I would have to buy tools though, so it would end up costing me money (VS him paying the garage).
Will order the Avons tonight. Thanks for all your feedback every1.
PS 2003 A6 3.0
12-26-2006, 11:43 AM
You wouldn't need to buy tools...but eventually, you'll want them :)