Join Date: Dec 2013
Car: 2013 OB 3.6R
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Same thought here but I doubt that upgrading fluid alone will make a big difference.
My first San Juans trip got me thinking about a pad/fluid upgrade though I had no issues (but lots of noise, which happened only there, nowhere else). I have had a couple of occasions elsewhere where the brakes would go south after miles of non-stop braking off-road (though, again, no big issues, the stock brakes never gave up on me on an actual hill). On my second trip to the San Juans I had my current brakes and I felt much better.
On road, the combo of stock brakes and 225 65 17 GeoL ATS was not as good as I wanted it to be. My new brakes handle the heavy 225 65 17 KO2s with ease and they make the ATS look okay (the KO2 stops much better than the ATS in my opinion).
What I put on is Hawk HPS 5.0 pads. I am no expert but I have found them outstanding on and off-road.
I am using them with ATE typ200 fluid.
My HPS 5.0 were installed very diligently and make practically no noise (a tiny little bit at very low speeds, totally negligible and no noise at all in the San Juans, no matter what).
As mentioned above, performance brakes are not great when cold even though the HPS 5.0 seem better than older models. Gotta pay attention to this at really cold outside temps to avoid surprises. But all things considered, I would not want to look back to the stock pads (though they do last an eternity).
EDIT: as far as Subiesailor's comment, I am not sure if the ATE fluid helps. In principle it should if the car is taken to its limits, but the difference maker seems to be the Hawk HPS 5.0 which can handle pretty crazy temps. There is a temp chart published by Hawk.
EDIT 2: the HPS 5.0 dusting is not at all awful.
2013 Outback 3.6; 2008 Tribeca
(2006 B9 Tribeca; 1995 Legacy)