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Best Brake Pads for front?

Getting ready to replace my front brakes and wanted to hear from anyone about their experiences with various brands. 42,000 on 2005 Outback Wagon--mostly local driving to and from work.
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Lots of opinions here. Many people upgrade to Akebono or Hawks for improved performance. I'm about due for a brake job, and it will just be whatever is the best sale: Advance/Autozone/etc.

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Hawk HPS all around greatly improved feel.

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Thanks, Raybestoes are available locally and seem to have a pretty good reputation.
I also have read that the rotors MUST be turned on the vehicle. Can't think of a single reason why, the rotors are certainly not manufactured on a car, right?
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Don't bother turning OEM rotors. Either replace them, or take 220 grit sand paper and rough up the surface and take off any rust/wear ring.
I like the Hawk HPS front and rear, with sanded rotors. They have a nice liner feel with with OEM cold bite (10degrees outside). I still have my winter tires on, so i can't say how they are like at threshold braking, higher temps and dusting. But they did have better predictably then OEM and quieter as OEM.

Think of them as what should have been on the car from the factory.
Also, when you pull the rear brakes off, adjust the parking brake shoes. Subaru left off the usual drum auto adjusters.
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This should get you started, there are a lot of discussions on the topic already. If you want to search over on LegacyGT.com there is valuable info to be had as well...

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Brembo solid rotors and Textar pads combo works just fine for me. Anyway, if you want to upgrade your brakes significantly you should install upgraded calipers first, IMHO.

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Don't bother turning OEM rotors. Either replace them, or take 220 grit sand paper and rough up the surface and take off any rust/wear ring.
I like the Hawk HPS front and rear, with sanded rotors. They have a nice liner feel with with OEM cold bite (10degrees outside). .....
Well put, although I assume you meant "linear" rather than "liner".
I did not sand my rotors, but did brake them in. Which is the fun part!

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Lots of opinions here. Many people upgrade to Akebono or Hawks for improved performance. I'm about due for a brake job, and it will just be whatever is the best sale: Advance/Autozone/etc.
Buying brake components based on price alone?

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Brembo solid rotors and Textar pads combo works just fine for me. Anyway, if you want to upgrade your brakes significantly you should install upgraded calipers first, IMHO.
I'd start with tires, then pads.

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