Another point is that pads have different modulation characteristics, which adds to the equation.
As an example, a few years ago we were using a specific Hawk compound, wow did it work! Actually a bit too well, it was impossible to modulate on the edge, Had them on about 6 TRs, none could use them.
A drum/rotor machining (if not too thin), and shoes/pads, will make a big gain.
If you can't find anyone to arc the shoes, my contact info is at www.englishautosports.com.
I would need the drums too though.
If they're not too far out, I'll post the redneck way to do it yourself...
: "I suspect that some of the
: popularity of the modern pad material
: is more about long-lasting pads and
: clean wheels, than the actual braking
: characteristics & performance.
: Based on the reading I did before
: posting my question I agree with your
: observations. In particular, the
: ceramic pads were typically referred to
: as "similar to OEM but less
: dust". On the other hand, the
: Kevlar pads were described in terms of
: their stopping power with a caveat that
: some compounds may require warming up
: before they become efficient.
: As always, thanks for your comments.
: Doug L.