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I am in need of a new set of pads and discs at the front, i was going to go for original ford ones, then i got thinking that the Drilled/grooved ones do look pretty mean (even if they didnt aid heating or stopping).

I noticed theres not a great deal to choose from so i looked on ebay and found these:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Focus-ST-2-5-Turbo-Front-Drilled-Grooved-Brake-Discs_W0QQitemZ300357658324QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM?hash=item45eeb626d4

seems a bit too good to be any good if you catch my drift?!

Or are discs just discs and its the quality of the pads that count?
 

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QUOTE(billy_st @ 19 Dec 2009, 01:02 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I am in need of a new set of pads and discs at the front, i was going to go for original ford ones, then i got thinking that the Drilled/grooved ones do look pretty mean (even if they didnt aid heating or stopping).

I noticed theres not a great deal to choose from so i looked on ebay and found these:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Focus-ST-2-5-Turbo-Front-Drilled-Grooved-Brake-Discs_W0QQitemZ300357658324QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM?hash=item45eeb626d4

seems a bit too good to be any good if you catch my drift?!

Or are discs just discs and its the quality of the pads that count?
Discs aren't just discs. If they're
then it's no good having the best pads money can buy, they both have to work to stop you.

Some members have fitted aftermarket discs with grooves/drillings so I'd get a recommendation off them rather than getting the ones off ebay and hoping they're ok.

Might be wrong here but I think there's problems with drilled discs on ST's leading to cracks so straight forward grooves are more common. I stand corrected if that's not the case. And doesn't apply to AP's etc obviously.
 

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QUOTE(billy_st @ 19 Dec 2009, 01:02 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I am in need of a new set of pads and discs at the front, i was going to go for original ford ones, then i got thinking that the Drilled/grooved ones do look pretty mean (even if they didnt aid heating or stopping).

I noticed theres not a great deal to choose from so i looked on ebay and found these:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Focus-ST-2-5-Turbo-Front-Drilled-Grooved-Brake-Discs_W0QQitemZ300357658324QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM?hash=item45eeb626d4

seems a bit too good to be any good if you catch my drift?!

Or are discs just discs and its the quality of the pads that count?

how many miles u done on them matey? Im sure mine need doing soon!
 

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These discs on ebay look like standard discs machined in a machine shop and sold as performance discs.

If your wanting uprated discs but dont want to spend a fortune, I would recommend EBC, I have fitted loads of there discs and never had a problem,

You will get more brake noise from drilled/grooved discs no matter what make they are though.

I use mintex 1144 pads and never have a problem, although a lot of people rate the ds2500 pads.

If you interested balance motorsport do EBC discs, they are £99.48 for the front set.

here is the link, http://www.balancemotorsport.co.uk/products.asp

The guy that runs it is really good to deal with, have used him a couple of times and cant recommend him enough.

EDIT, the link doesnt work too well, if you select ebc discs from the list on the left then search for ford st discs you will find them.
 

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Thanks for the comments, i know i am deffo in need of pads not 100% on discs, theres a slight lip there but nothing major.

Might go for the DS2500's tho heard good things on here.
 

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QUOTE(fishface31a @ 20 Dec 2009, 10:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Not sure if these are genuine Ford parts but if they are this price is unbeatable!>>> http://www.camskill.co.uk/products.php?plid=m41b0s3951p50023 <<< I have ordered a set of rear discs and pads that should arrive in the next few days so ill let you know if they are genuine or aftermarket!

I saw these but couldnt but sure if there genuine ford or not,ill wait see what you think of them first before i buy
great price if they are
 

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QUOTE(GHST @ 21 Dec 2009, 05:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I saw these but couldnt but sure if there genuine ford or not,ill wait see what you think of them first before i buy
great price if they are

Nope not genuine Ford unfortunately! Made by "Allied Nippon" Im not too bothered as these are just for the back on mine! Wont be fitting them straight away but as soon as i do ill let you know what they are like! The discs look exactly like the Ford ones so i cant see them being a problem but obviously the pads might not be as good as genuine ones! I probably wouldnt use these on the front of mine i must admit!
 

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QUOTE(NickC @ 23 Dec 2009, 09:30 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I would go for the standard setup everytime IMO, just choose the original "OE" replacements for pads not the "Motorcraft" ones.



I have bought a set of Grooved & Drilled of Ebay for my ST 3, I was abit dubious as for the full set front & rear total cost £200 thats inlcudung p&p. There from a company called MTEC, They are not standard discs that have just been grooved & drilled, they are slightly smaller then the standard but not by much. I have had them on the ST for about 3 months now and i have to say that they realy stop the car but as for cracking only time will tell(kept the standard discs just in case)
 

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QUOTE(troy45 @ 23 Dec 2009, 11:11 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Googling MTEC I found they were highly recommended by the Astra Owners Club.

Is that good or bad?

Maybe if you like hedges


Nah I don't know anything about MTEC but can I just ask how long standard discs are supposed to last??

I'm on originals still and got 33k on the car now. My original pads got to 32k and still had some life left.

That deal for the kit that fishy found seems a bargin buy, considering I bought just the front OEM pads for 30 odd quid (with discount too)
 

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Be careful of Drilled discs, they crack through to the outside of the disc if you keep getting them hot.

I had this happen to black diamond discs, then these 315mm discs (not on ST's!). As such, I stick to plane or slotted now!

 
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