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Brakes - EBC Greens

[4/13/2009] Reviewed by: Doug Thomson

Applicable to: '90 - '97 '99-'05 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

EBC Green Brake pads.

Installed on '99 Miata. Was pleased with brakes initially and had them on the car for two years. This weekend, I did my semi-annual brake check and lube of sliders. In the process I discovered that 6 of the 8 pads had separated from their backing plates.

This did not impress me at all. I don't autocross, don't do track days, and don't live in the city ... ergo no constant stop and start. No particular reason for the pads to have separated. I've gone back to stock pads.

Over 30 minutes to remove completely


EBC Greenstuff brake pads

Brakes - EBC Greens

[4/13/2009] Reviewed by: Doug Thomson - dothomson@telus.net

Applicable to: '90 - '97 '99-'05 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

EBC Green Brake pads.

Installed on '99 Miata. Was pleased with brakes initially and had them on the car for two years. This weekend, I did my semi-annual brake check and lube of sliders. In the process I discovered that 6 of the 8 pads had separated from their backing plates.

This did not impress me at all. I don't autocross, don't do track days, and don't live in the city ... ergo no constant stop and start. No particular reason for the pads to have separated. I've gone back to stock pads.

Over 30 minutes to remove completely


[10/9/2006] Reviewed by: Brian Barrows

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.6 liter

I bought these pads to replace my well-working (but very dusty!) Axxis Ultimate brake pads. I had no problems installing them and they have worked very well. They have a nice initial bite when warm (I haven't driven them in the winter yet so I can't say what they'll do on that first stop on a very cold morning) and I feel the car stops with confidence. They're still not the best brakes out there but they're good enough for my daily-driving purposes such that no longer want to upgrade to the big brakes.

I can't feel a difference between these and the Axxis Ultimates during normal driving (but they are far superior to whatever crap pads I had on the car when I bought it!), but they are very dust-free, which is the reason I bought them. In the end, that's worth the extra $20/end for me.

Under 30 minutes to remove completely


EBC Green Stuff Brake pads

[6/6/2006] Reviewed by: Christopher Mortlock - madcatrun@cox.net

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

British made brake pads with ceramic and kevlar fibers for better(and shorter) braking.

Ever since I purchased my miata from it's p.o. , I have been procrastinating about replacing my rear pads and rotors (being that their was still some life in them and that I already replaced the front set). Then came the day of the dreaded squeal that we've all experienced one way or another, when the time for new brakes occurs. After doing some search for new rotors and pads....I decided to go with EBC's Green Stuff, having used their products before on previous rides with great success. I ordered my new rotors (Brembo's) and pads through www.autopartswarehouse.com . The customer service was outstanding and the prices were very reasonable. Yesterday, changed the rotors and pads. The pads fit just like a glove! On my way home lastnight from work, I inadvertently had to put my new pads to the test, as an H2 Hummer cut across all three lanes in order to make his/her turn onto the freeway. Unfortunately this happens more than not in Las Vegas. The pads did their work, giving me 4-5ft. to spare between me and the suv-gas-guzzling-tank-made-for-someone's-shortcomings. Hate to see what would of happened if I still had the orginal pads on.

Well worth the price (paid $113.90 for both front and rear pads) I would prurches these pads again when the need arises.

Over 30 minutes to remove completely


[9/16/2005] Reviewed by: Ken Yarrow - bntoples@hotmail.com

Applicable to: '90 - '97 '99 + 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

High Performance street/light track brake pads.

I'm midway thru my second set of these pads, about 50k miles so far. Minimal dusting, no fade to speak of, not cheap but great overall performance. They have saved my neck twice so far. The first time, a Hertz rental truck coming the opposite direction turned across my lane. I hit the brakes to slow down, it was dark & the truck was pulling a car trailer with no lights. The truck cleared my lane fine but then I saw the trailer & I was still going about 50mph. I was able to stop with no problem other than messy pants. Stock pads would not have performed as well.

The second time I was on the 4 lane in the left lane at about 50mph in traffic approaching a traffic light. I had the green. Several cars were making right turns into the right lane, when this Ford Aerostar makes his right turn into the left lane & I was already in the intersection when he pulled out. I braked hard, hand on the horn picturing the airbag exploding in my face, the front end of my car crumpling to disapate the kinetic energy & missed him by inches. The stock pads would have left me in his back seat. The really scary part was the SUV behind me..... Fortunately he was paying attention.

Not an installed item


[1/17/2005] Reviewed by: Mario Ginebra - mginebra@bellsouth.net

Applicable to: '99 +

EBC Green Stuff Brake Pads

Installed on my 99 Miata for over 8000 miles.

I was concerned about the scary wet braking characteristics of my Miata especially in heavy rain. I live in Florida where rain can be very heavy on a regular basis. These EBC Green pads cured my wet braking problems completely. Now when I press the brake pedal, there is no lag or momentary panic I had repeatedly experienced before. An added benefit is practically no brake dust. My wheels remain relatively clean between washings. I will definitely continue to use EBC green pads.

Over 30 minutes to remove completely


[4/7/2004] Reviewed by: Doug Thomson

Applicable to: '90 - '97 '99 + 1.8 liter

EBC Green brake pads are an aramid compound advertised as intended for fast / heavy street use with good cold braking, effective to above 650°C and low dust formula.

I do not do any track driving and these pads have worked well for me. Apparently efforts have been made to improve the compound since the previous reviews were written. The brakes have been quiet, only produced strong odour on the first day, and do not seem to be at all dusty. No deposits, either. Braking is improved over stock.

Make sure that you dial your rotors ... I'd advise ensuring a tolerance of 0.001" or less. Season your rotors and bed the pads properly. Finally, never leave the brakes applied when the rotors are hot ... if you do you will leave deposits on your rotors regardless the pads you use.

Under 30 minutes to remove completely


[2/17/2002] Reviewed by: Ken Klein - kenklein@ev1.net

Applicable to: '90 - '97

After market brake pads designed to increase braking power, dust less, and not squeal.

After installation and a break-in period, the pads seemed to offer somewhat better braking. But after about 4000 miles, the rotors (factory stock) warped(!) I turned the rotors down but did not replace the pads because I couldn't imagine how pads could cause rotors to warp. About 3000 miles later, the rotors warped again. The machinist said there was some nasty gunk on the rotors, like cosmoline that hadn't been cleaned off, and hot spots as well. I turned the rotors again (now to the minimum)and replaced the pads with factory pads and everything is back to normal, and the braking seems to be about the same as with the EBC pads. BTW, the EBC pads dusted about the same as factory pads do, so their claim there isn't a good one either. Another thing they don't mention in their ads is the expected lifetime is only 15K-18K miles installed in a "light" car. At least they didn't make noise.

Don't ever, ever, buy or use these pads!!!!!

Under 30 minutes to remove completely


[7/31/2001] Reviewed by: Lee Bohon - lbohon@qx.net

Applicable to: '90 - '97 '99 + 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

Brake pads for street and light track use

After reading reviews on the internet and in magazines, I decided to give these pads a shot. The most attractive features advertised with these pads included: (1) Very low brake dust production (2) ZERO squeal (3) Little wear on rotors (4) Improved grip over stock Mazda pads To go along with these rotors, I purchased a new set of PowerSlot slotted rotors. Note: I have a '91 Miata with the '94-97 brake hardware. I installed the pads and drove with them for about 1000 miles. Here are my observations: (1) Brake Dust: A considerable amount of dust would collect on my wheels. It only took a few hard stops to produce visible dust. I will say that the dust wipes off really easy, but these pads aren't supposed to be dusty. Very disappointed. (2) Squeal: About 50% of the time, I would hear brake squeal. It wasn't horrible, but once again; this was totally opposite to what EBC claims.

(3)Rotor Wear: After a few hard stops, I started to notice some black tear drop shaped markings on the rotor surfaces. (4)Improved Grip: Nope. In fact, whenever I braked anything harder than just light braking, they felt not-so-smooth at the brake pedal followed with a bit of a fade feeling. They made some stinky fish smells too. I drove for 1000 miles with no improvements. Fortunately, EBC stands behind their product and was willing to give me a refund since I wasn't happy with them. Since I purchased these through Serious Automotive, I had to return the pads to them. Unfortunately, it took over 6 wks for Serious Auto to process a refund. I'm not sure why that took so long but I wasn't too impressed with that. Aside from that issue, Serious Auto seemed like a good company to buy from. I replaced the pads with Porterfield Street pads and had much better results with the pads. The dusting is improved. The squeal is 99% gone. Brake feel is improved considerably.

Over 30 minutes to remove completely


[4/13/2001] Reviewed by: Steve Patterson - patts@mindspring.com

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.8 liter

EBC Green stuff is a part track, part street brake pad that I bought from Tommy Grimes at Finishline Performance. Since I installed these pads on my daily driver, I chose the green pads instead of the red ones.

After installing a set of these pads, I immediately noticed better braking. I was using the factory pads before these. I am very satisfied with the braking ability. I just got back from a three day SCCA Solo I event and found out how good these pads are. After the first stop on race rubber I had to readjust my braking distance. It stopped about 15 feet sooner than usual.

I think these pads are great. After using them for one track weekend and driving on the street 2000+ miles, these pads still look new. I would recommend anyone who is looking for a good part track, part street brake pad to think seriously about these pads. The best part is they don't squeal like a lot of aftermarket pads. Two thumbs up for the EBC Green stuff pads!

Under 30 minutes to remove completely


[12/30/2000] Reviewed by: R.L. Dodson - rlouisd@bellsouth.net

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

EBC Greenstuff Aftermarket brake pads, sourced through Serious Auto

My overall experience has been satisfactory.

These pads were easy to install and were properly made, i.e. there were holes in the front pads for the springs, the pads had squealers mounted on them. Some aftermarket pads do not have the holes in the front pads, necessitating installation without the springs. The pads stop the car somewhat abruptly for the first two or three stops for the day. After that, the performance is remarkably similar to stock. The pads deal with water a little better than stock. There is no squealing or rotor glaze. The pads are wearing the rotor very smoothly with no ridges or waves. There is practically no dust from these pads. The pads make a quiet "squishing" sound when I creep forward on an incline. Buy these pads only if you are unsatisfied with the dusting of the stock pads. I don't really see these pads as an "upgrade" so much as an equivalent replacement for stock.

Under 30 minutes to remove completely


EBC Red

EBC

[7/5/2012] Reviewed by: Joe Cason - mx5joe@aol.com

Applicable to: '99-'05 1.8 liter

EBC Redstuff Brake Pads

I installed a full set of redstuff brake pads on the car with the o.e.m. rotors machined from work. First time they had been machined. This was two years ago with no track use and the front pads are almost done. I was actually somewhat let down by the amount of dusting initially and how temp sensative the pads where. The pads took a while to truly break in which should be expected from a kevlar based pad. Break in took about 8 months (8,000 miles) which was also the time when the dusting decreased some. Claims about easy wheel cleaning are somewhat true but while breaking these in i would advise using a secondary set of wheels or some sort of wheel wax to keep the dust from sticking. Redstuff pads do work well and make some noise when cold and wet. These pads may be overkill for cars without ABS in the winter time. Yes, I locked them up one cold morning and went off roading!

Not too bad for the money, but im likely to stick with the Akebono pads from the dealer and buy a good set of new rotors this time.

Under 5 minutes to remove


[5/23/2002] Reviewed by: BURNEY STORMS - STORMS@TRACYINTERNET.NET

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.8 liter

REDSTUFF brake pads

i installed these pads and ran them 100 miles on the street.after 100 miles on the track they are gone/worn to the backing.. what a waste of $80! oh they did stop well. thats the only thing good i can say about them

Under 30 minutes to remove completely


[5/21/2001] Reviewed by: Mike Schwartz - chevymike@ucsd.edu

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.8 liter

These are replacement brake pads for use on track days. They have a Kevlar blend compound lining that is claimed to be rotor friendly and "low" dust. They are claimed to handle higher temps that would be found running on the track. These are NOT racing pads. EBC has other compounds that are designed for race applications.

First, I can say WOW! They install just like stock pads, including the holes on the edge for the anti-rattle springs. No hardware comes with them so you need to use your original parts. I also replaced the front rotors with Mazda rotors versus having the original ones turned. Since I was to running a track day, I wanted the max thickness for heat dissipation. I broke them in for approx. 400 miles before the track day. At this point the felt much like stock pads. Once on the track (Willows Springs - Streets of Willows) and up to temp (1/2 lap) these worked great. The brake feel was awesome. There was no tendencies to lock up the brakes (which I had before). There was no fade whatsoever. With approx. 400 street and 100 track miles, I have used about 1/3 of the life. I have noticed that since the track, when braking on cold brakes, it is taking a little more effort. Once warm, they work fine. I don't know if this is normal or because of heat cycling of the pads.

I am very happy with the performance of these for track days. I did buy a set of "Green Stuff" pads for daily/auto-x use and have switched over to them (I will review after some miles). They do dust after heavy track use but because they do not have any carbon mixed in, the dust washes off easily, unlike carbon pads I have used (damaged the finish of the wheels). I would not use these for normal use, not that they would not work well, but because EBC has a better compound (green's) for that. It is kind of expensive to buy 2 different sets of pads but would I do it again. Heck Yes! Good luck.

Under 30 minutes to remove completely


[3/14/2001] Reviewed by: Matt Nicholson - mnicholson@litespec.com

Applicable to: '90 - '97 '99 +

Track School/Race brake pad

3 twenty minute track sessions

Do not waste your money with these pads. Although they stopped very well and never faded, I got ~60 track miles out of them before they were down to backing plate. I was so mad I couldn't see straight. Only use them if someone gives you a set. Even then you might get ripped off. Stick with something from Hawk for track schools. 

I tested these pads on a 1992 Nissan Sentra SE-R. The Redstuff compound is formulated for cars that weigh in at ~1500 lbs or less. My Sentra and most Miatas I know of are a bit heavier than that and probably need to step up to their Yellowstuff or Bluestuff compound, which are for heavier cars. EBC has been very cooperative and we are working together to find the right material for US cars for track and road race purposes. It is their intention to re-word their website and catalog soon to help everyone choose the correct pads for their application.

Under 30 minutes to remove completely


EBC Yellow

[6/4/2001] Reviewed by: Matt Nicholson - mnicholson@litespec.com

Applicable to:

Marketed as a race compound

92 Sentra SE-R with NX2000 brakes (it's like putting 1.8L brakes on a 1.6L car)

I was not impressed with EBC Redstuff for track use, even though they market Redstuff for track. They sent me some Yellowstuff that performed MUCH better. IMO, this compound needs to be marketed for track duty, not the Redstuff. Likes: Lasted much longer than Redstuff. Never faded, ever! Absolutely no rotor damage. Dislikes: Coefficient of friction is lower than the material from Hawk, Porterfield, and Carbotech. Requires you to lengthen your braking distance on track. These pads feel like decent OE pads that do not fade when pushed hard on track. I would recommend these pads to a new track driver who does not want to damage expensive crossdrilled/slotted rotors and who doesn't want to invest in another set or rotors for track use only. Track veterans should probably stick with something from Hawk, Carbotech, or Porterfield.

Not an installed item


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