Thanks a lot, i got one more question. Any brand of track pads that are preferred over others?If you are new to track days, start with what you have for suspension. Upgrade brake fluid to a Dot 4 and track pads. Get an instructor, likely provided with the track day. Listen, learn and enjoy. We can help you spend your mod money once you are comfortable with what you have.
I'll check it out after work. Thanks a lot.
I assume your pads are no longer the OEM Brembo pads. Those would work for your first day if you still have them but given its a 2013 they are probably too thin by now.
If you're not sure to what extent you'll be participating in Track Days and how fast you'll be going, then I would recommend the PowerStop Track Day pads for your first season. They are very economical compared to the pads used by more hardcore Track junkies but are very good. They are also compatible with PowerStop's street pads such as the Z26 pads. I've been using them for several years and I think its only been now that I think I've outgrown them.
Be aware that they, just like most track pads, are dusty and noisy.
If you do get hooked on Track Days, your next priority even before higher end pads & major suspension work is to get brake ducts. Vorshlag makes a great set of inlet ducts and backing plates for the 2013-2014 Mustangs.
If you do replace your springs, make sure your also replace your struts and shocks. The OEM units really can't hold up to the new springs. Of course, some will recommend you go directly to coilovers and skip the intermediate expense.
And eventually, I would recommend you upgrade your rear rotors from the 11" ones to the 13.8" GT500 rotors. You still use your existing calipers. You can do this via adapters available from guy on eBay. Or if you ever do any work to your rear such as changing axles, gears, or differential, you can get the factory axle brackets for the GT500 (requires pulling the axles). Full Tilt Boogie makes a set from aluminum if some weight savings appeals to you.
I've only ran the stock pads and some for my work. At this moment, I'd like to run a set of pads for street/strip if possible. Would my best bet be just to try some different pads?
I was unable to track down who makes those pads, so I can't rate them as being any more suited to track day purposes than any other premium mass-market pad. They may or may not be fully up to whatever the OE Brembo pads might be for this use.Yeah my oem brembos have been toasted for a couple years, I am just using some Advance Auto golds at the moment. Noisy brakes don't bother me too much, I don't use my brakes a lot when driving.
At 100k, those shocks and struts won't have enough damping to properly control OE springs in a track day environment even if they haven't leaked. Let alone anything stiffer. That said, I'm guessing that you could get through a cautiously driven introductory day on them without too much unexpected excitement.But I have Eibach sportlines on the car now with OEM shocks and struts with 100k on them. I have been giving it thought to getting new shocks and struts or just going straight to coilovers. And thanks for the info, it has given me some idea on how I should go about this.
Yeah, I am gonna do an inspection over the holidays and make sure nothing worn or broken. and I am gonna replace my pads and shocks/struts. Those inlets look pretty neat and easy to install, I will have to take a look into them.Before hitting the track for first time you should make sure nothing is worn or broken. I know that sounds elementary... Like others have stated, make sure your brake pads have meat left on them, that your fluids are topped off (and clean), especially that rear end (you'll probably cook it the first track day), etc.
The pads I have on my car now just some pads I got from work a year ago, nothing fancy with them. advanceautoparts.com/p/carquest-wearever-gold-semi-metallic-brake-pads-front-4-pad-set-gmkd1001/22973436-PI was unable to track down who makes those pads, so I can't rate them as being any more suited to track day purposes than any other premium mass-market pad. They may or may not be fully up to whatever the OE Brembo pads might be for this use.
My own suggestion would be G-loc's R10 compound or Carbotech's XP-10. They're sufficiently streetable and are gentle on your rotors.
Yeah, I have seriously considered replacing them, just haven't decided on if I wanted to go coilovers or stay with shocks and struts. The car is mainly a DD, but I do want to see some track time. So I am leaning more towards just keeping shocks and struts for now. if it helps I do live in Florida, so I don't see any snow down here, but I do live near the Gulf of Mexico so I am pretty close to salt water.At 100k, those shocks and struts won't have enough damping to properly control OE springs in a track day environment even if they haven't leaked. Let alone anything stiffer. That said, I'm guessing that you could get through a cautiously driven introductory day on them without too much unexpected excitement.
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