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Find out a bit more about Essex Parts Services Staff!

In a time when corporate loyalty is nearly a thing of the past, the Essex staff remains a tight-knit unit working towards the same goals. As the business has evolved, grown, and moved over the years, most of the same members remain on the team. We enjoy coming to work each day because we love what we do, and there is an uncommon level of mutual respect in our office.

In addition to our time together at work, we spend a lot of our free time together as well. Karting, boating, wrenching, fishing, watching races, and barbecuing are just some of the activities we enjoy together.

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So now that you selected the pads you need, what's the next step? How do you make sure that you get the most of your pads and rotors?

This video will explain:
http://www.essexparts.com/learning-center/cat/brake-pads/post/Bed-in?v=0

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So how do you actually choose the "right" pad compound?

Well....check out this article we have on our page:
http://www.essexparts.com/learning-center/cat/brake-pads/post/choose-brake-pads

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Product Highlight: Spiegler Brake Lines

Stated simply, some of the automotive brake lines currently on the market are downright frightening. Looking at the fitting and assembly quality makes you wonder where the parts came from, and who put them together. Low grade carbon steel fittings, sloppy stainless weave, no abrasion coatings, substandard linings…the list goes on. When you consider that your brake lines are the critical safety link between your foot and your calipers, these facts aren’t exactly comforting. Not only are some of these parts suspect, it can take forever to actually receive them after placing an order.

Spiegler does things a little differently. While you may not be familiar with the Spiegler name, they’ve been a trusted producer of stainless steel brake lines in the motorcycle racing industry for some time. Every component in a Spiegler brake line is manufactured to exacting standards in the USA or Western Europe, and these premium components are then hand assembled and tested at Spiegler’s facilities in Dayton, Ohio. You can buy Spiegler Stainless Steel Brake Lines with confidence, knowing that you’ll be receiving the finest product available for your car.
You’ll also receive your parts quickly. When you have a track day on the horizon, you know you’ll have your parts in time to install them.

Learn more about these lines here: http://www.essexparts.com/shop/ss-brake-lines.html

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WATCH CL BRAKES IN ACTION ON THE NORDSCHLEIFE

Dodge Viper- 2009 VLN Endurance Racing Championship

Front compound is RC8, rear compound is RC6E

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Product Highlight: CL Brakes Sintered Pads

CL Brakes Sintered Pads are the most user-friendly brake pads ever developed. The revolutionary new sintered material allows you to spend more time on the track, and less time in the pits chasing brake problems. No more vibrations, trashed rotors, warm-up laps, and constantly swapping pads. Some features of CL Sintered Pads include:
Incredible cold bite
Nearly impossible to fade
Last twice as long as most semi-metallic race pads
Little to no bed-in required
Semi-porous: retain bite in rain, snow, dirt
For a more detailed explanation of the sintered technology employed in these revolutionary new pads, please click here.

RC5+
The RC5+ is CL’s latest offering, and was developed with the autoX and track day crowd squarely in mind. It is a well-mannered race pad, with lower noise, low dust, and a lower coefficient of friction. The beauty of this compound is that despite its mild manners, it still retains a very high max operating temperature. It is a great choice for lighter cars on race tires, or heavy, high power cars on street tires. The failure mechanism of this pad is one of its greatest strengths. If you do happen to push it over its temperature threshold, bite slowly tapers away rather than falling off a cliff, so you’ll easily recognize when it’s time to back off. It’s extremely wear resistant, and doesn’t destroy rotors with pad deposits when pushed to their temperature envelope. The RC5+ is a great rear pad option for those who like a more front biased setup with the RC6 or RC6E compound up front.

RC6E
The best way to describe the wear rates on this compound is ‘ridiculous.’ You can hammer them over and over, and they just don’t wear out. In independent dyno testing, the RC6E showed wear rates that were as much as five times lower than some of the currently popular semi-metallic race pads. While having slightly lower bite than the RC6, the RC6E still has more bite than most other race pads on the market. They’re also extremely easy on rotors. They initially appear expensive, but when you factor in how long they will last (along with your rotors), they’re actually a tremendous value.

RC6
The first thing you’ll notice about them is the incredibly high, yet controllable bite. You’ll likely use less pedal pressure than you’re accustomed to, which means no more standing on your brake pedal praying for the car to stop while diving into turns. You’ll also have incredible cold bite, which is of great value to autoX and Time Attack participants, who typically have little or no time to warm up their brakes prior to timed runs. Regardless of your engine package, tires, or the track you’re driving, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll ever fade the RC6 compound. Since the material is so dense, the RC6 feels rock-hard underfoot. The RC6 has become a bread and butter pad among rally drivers in Europe due to its relentless bite in every imaginable track and weather condition. Most experienced drivers have a ‘wow’ moment the first time they drive the RC6, as they’ve never felt anything quite like it before. The RC6 is typically used on the front of most cars, although it’s a great rear pad option if RC8 is being used on the front.

RC8
Bite, bite, bite, and more bite. If you like a pad with a high coefficient and low pedal effort, then you’ll love the RC8. These pads are reserved for heavy, fast cars on race rubber, or pure race cars with downforce. Due to their extremely high coefficient of friction, it’s recommended that you only mate these pads up with other CL pads in the rear.
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Product Highlight: Hawk Pads

Hawk Performance's leading-edge brake friction technology is proven everyday in severe-duty aerospace, military, commercial truck fleet, motorsports and performance street brake applications. Put the power in the brake pedal and specify Hawk Performance disc brake pads.

HPS Compound:
The Hawk HPS is an inexpensive, mild, semi-metallic pad that is perfect if you want low dust and very little noise during street driving. The small amount of dust that is produced is a light coppery color, and is easily removed when washing the car. Hot and cold bite are both adequate for day-to-day driving, but certainly won’t snap your neck when standing on the brakes. The HPS does not have a high enough max operating temperature to work well on the track. Once these pads absorb too much heat, their mu falls off and wear rates accelerate quickly. The HPS is an appropriate street pad for all types of coupes, convertibles, sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons.
Hawk Performance Street Brake Pads now come with Hawk Gearhead Grease Paks, designed to minimize brake noise. Essex does not recommend using the Grease Pak if you plan on driving your car aggressively and putting a lot of heat into your brake system. Under such conditions, the grease can essentially “cook” on the back of the pad, making a mess of your pads, rotors, and calipers.

HP+ Compound:
The Hawk HP+ offers more bite and heat capacity than the HPS, and is a good choice for an autoX or canyon driving pad. The HP+ puts out more dust than the HPS, but noise is the most common complaint among customers. They tend to squeal a bit when daily driven. Essex does not recommend the HP+ for track driving unless your car is light, has low power, and is on street tires. The HP+ does not have a high enough max operating temperature to work well on the track for most cars. The HP+ is an appropriate street pad for owners who want the ability to drive them a little harder than the typical street pad, and are willing to sacrifice some noise in exchange for increased performance.
Hawk Performance Street Brake Pads now come with Hawk Gearhead Grease Paks, designed to minimize brake noise. Essex does not recommend using the Grease Pak if you plan on driving your car aggressively and putting a lot of heat into your brake system. Under such conditions, the grease can essentially "cook" on the back of the pad, making a mess of your pads, rotors, and calipers.

Performance Ceramic Compound:
Hawk Performance Cermaic Pads are a very low dust, low noise, and low bite street pad. They are perfect for quiet, clean, around-town operation. They are not a good choice for aggressive driving, as their maximum operating temperature is quite low. Their bite is also rather low, and will probably not appeal to the customer seeking maximum performance.

LTS Compound:
The LTS is Hawk's popular small truck & SUV compound. The LTS is a good choice for those seeking an OEM replacement pad. It featurs low dust, low noise, and a higher temperature threshold than most OE pads.

SuperDuty Compound:
Hawk's superduty was specifically designed for large fleet vehicles and for light trucks towing heavy loads on a regular basis. Its relatively high mµ and temperature range make in an ideal pad for those who want the best performance and safety for their work vehicle.
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Product Highlight: Ferodo Pads


Founded in England in 1897, Ferodo was the first company in the world to be entirely dedicated to the design and manufacture of friction products. Ferodo products are specified by the world's leading vehicle and car manufacturers and are used by many of the top names in motorsports. Ferodo has a product range that includes some of the most advanced braking materials available today.

DS2500
The DS2500 is currently the best hybrid track/street pad on the market. It features the moderately high bite and solid fade resistance of a track pad, with the relatively low dust and noise levels of a street pad. When used as a street pad, it can produce some squeal on certain vehicle platforms. During aggressive driving the DS2500 is known for its flat torque curve, which means as temperatures go up, the response through the brake pedal remains consistent. If you drive aggressively on the street, do some canyon runs, autoX, and maybe some light track duty on street tires, the DS2500 is tough to beat.
When used on fast, heavy cars on the track with race tires, pad wear rates tend to be higher than some of the full track pad compounds. Under those conditions, Essex would recommend the Ferodo DS3000 or DS1.11.

DS3000
DS3000 is one of the most decorated race pads in the global motorsports market, having won in diverse venues from rally to open wheel cars. The DS3000 has high bite and good fade resistance. It has a slightly rising torque curve, which means that as temperatures go up, bite increases slightly. Although the bite of the DS3000 is slightly higher than the DS1.11, wear rates are also higher. If you are doing extended lapping (30 minute+ sessions) or endurance racing, and are concerned about pad wear rates, the DS1.11 is probably the better choice for you.

DS1.11
The DS1.11 is one of Ferodo's latest race pad offerings. It has slightly less bite at high temps. vs the DS3000, but doesn't decompose nearly as quickly under extended heavy use on the track. The DS1.11 is known for its extremely flat torque curve, which means that as temperatures go up, the response through the brake pedal remains consistent. If you want a pad that you can thrash all day without having it burn up or fade, the DS1.11 is a great choice.

DS2.11
The DS2.11 is the sister compound to Ferodo DS1.11. It has slightly more bite than the DS1.11, but also wears more quickly under heavy track use. The DS2.11 is known for its extremely high bite, and it has a slightly rising torque curve (as temperature goes up, bite becomes slightly higher). If you want a high torque rally or sprint race pad, the DS2.11 is an excellent choice.

4003
The 4003 is designed for low weight, high downforce racing applications, and are not suitable for street cars.

DS3000 +03
DS3000 +03 is a higher friction version of the popular DS3000 compound. As such, the brakes can be modulated with less pedal force than with the DS3000. Other characteristics remain similar.

DS3000 Endurance
DS3000 Endurance is a longer wearing version of the popular DS3000 compound. Bite is somewhat lower than DS3000, but the pads wear at a slower rate during extended races or lapping sessions. Other characteristics remain similar to the DS3000.

DSUNO
Ferodo has made great strides in pad development over the past few years. DSUNO is a brand new compound developed as a replacement for DS2.11 and it is proving to be an exceptional compound. While it gives up a little in peak friction coefficient, it provides a higher initial bite and flat torque curve so it is extremely predictable and easy to modulate. In addition, Ferodo has made great efforts to increase pad life while making sure it remains easy on discs.
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Product Highlight: AP Racing Pads

Gathering the aggregate knowledge of AP Racing and Essex, we've embarked on a joint venture to produce a unique new pad system designed for today's road and track vehicles. We've focused on the pad characteristics that please the best drivers and win races, and then distilled those traits into two new compounds that will service enthusiasts in North America. The two compounds were designed to work together to eliminate many of the common problems faced by those who use their car on both the street and track.

S100 Street Sport Compound
The street side of the AP Racing Brake Pad System, the S100 is a great compound for aggressive street driving, canyon carving, and AutoX. It was designed for our track day customers who want a quality street pad to run between events on their dual-purpose car. The S100 provides a relatively quiet and comfortable drive on the street, while still retaining the sporting characteristics and heat capacity for the occasional spirited drive. The AP S100 is derived from the same core materials as AP's C300 Endurance compound, so the two are perfect complements for the street and track. Drivers should not expect any compatibility issues between these two compounds when swapping their brakes between street and track configurations. That means fewer pad deposits, less judder, vibration, NVH, and trashed rotors.

Applications: Daily Driving, Canyon/Mountain Runs, AutoX

Not intended for track use.

C300 Endurance Compound
The track side of the AP Racing Brake Pad System, the C300 compound was designed as an edurance solution for anything up to and including the heaviest, fastest cars on the track. It is capable of standing up to every abuse the top drivers throw at it, and has enough bite, temperature threshold, and longevity for just about any road racing series. These pads are designed with stability in mind, and their performance remains extremely consistent as laps are clicked off. View Reviews for this compound
The C300 is derived from the same core materials as AP's S100 Street Sport compound, so the two are perfect complements for the road and track. Drivers should not expect any compatibility issues between these two compounds when swapping their brakes between street and track configurations. That means fewer pad deposits, less judder, vibration, NVH, and trashed rotors.

Applications: Endurance Sportscar, Sprint Sportscar, Short Track (asphalt and dirt), Rally, Hill Climb, Time Attack/Time Trial, HPDE

Not intended for street use.
Find the specific pads you need here:
http://www.essexparts.com/shop/brake-pads/ap-racing-overview.html

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Essex Parts visited the local Subaru Dealership to check out the new Subaru BRZ.
We can't wait to get our very own car for development! (we're first in line)

We'll be working with our partners and suppliers from around the world to develop a host of aftermarket parts, including but not limited to: AP Racing brake upgrades (similar to what we're doing for Evo's, STI's, Vettes, etc), various Scorpion exhaust systems (single, dual, titanium, etc.), Super B Lithium-ion batteries, complete coilover system, harness bar, competition seat rails, etc. Everything we create for the car will be geared towards making it lighter, faster, and more competent on a track or at your local autocross.

Check out our news page for more photos! http://www.essexparts.com/about/news
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