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Xyebo 10-04-2020 02:52 PM

Any experience with Dynamic Friction (DFC) performance brake pads?
I am looking to get some better brake pads for my 2018 Camaro LS with single piston stock brakes, and the performance options for these brakes are highly limited.
While browsing RockAuto I stumbled upon
DYNAMIC FRICTION 1000188600 Track/Street Pads

This seems to be the only true track-ready option.
However, I never heard of Dynamic Friction Company, and I could not ever find any reviews for their products online.

Did any of you have any experience using their pads with spirited or track driving?

Xyebo 12-11-2020 06:36 PM

Update: a pal of mine said that Dynamic Friction is the same company as R1 Concepts.

Xyebo 03-13-2021 12:40 PM

Update II: I pulled a trigger and ordered the DFC "Street/Track" pads, I shall update once I install them.

Xyebo 04-04-2021 09:54 AM

Update III: the pads came in plain black boxes that just had the part number and a barcode. They also did NOT come with hardware, so I went back to Rockauto to order the DFC brake hardware.

I got the new pads put on. Per mechanic's advice, I drove 200 miles without any hard braking. At the 200 mi mark, I went to a local industrial area to do 10 hard stops from 50 mph to 10 mph to burnish the material.

On the street: when I start the car cold, the first 2 or 3 braking applications are very weird, but I guess that's because these low-metallic pads need to warm up. Once they warm up, the brake pads are definitely more touchy than anything I have tried before. They dust a lo-o-o-o-o-ot, so you better have black wheels or the patience for seeing black flakes on your shiny wheels.

On the track: I went to Buttonwillow Raceway here in California to do some regular lapping and hooning. Surprisingly, they did very well! If I drive at 7/10 or 8/10 of pace, I see little to no fade whatsoever. If I go at 9/10 or 10/10 with very hard braking, I see some minor fade after 4 or 5 laps. While no match for a designated track pad, this is still much-much better compared to the previous pads I tried on Camaro's single-piston brakes: the OEM ceramics and the Powerstop Z26 carbon-ceramics.

Conclusion: low noise, high dust, might take some time to warm up in cold (but not to a point of being anywhere near dangerous). Good pad for a street hoon and an occasional track day.

Xyebo 10-09-2021 07:39 PM

Update IV: I killed the pads 8500 miles later. Within this period, I have done 3 full track days (20mins x 4 sessions each), 50 autocross runs, a lot of very spirited mountain pass drives in tight Southern California canyons, + have used these "track/street" pads on my commute in heavy Los Angeles traffic.
I could have definitely got more life out of them, but the rear calipers/pads on LS/LT model are way too small.

Pad measurements before brake job:
FL: 4.5mm/3.5mm
FR: 4.5mm/4.00mm
RL: 4.5mm/3.25mm
RR: 3.75mm/2.75mm (wore down to the squealer tab)

Since there are no other retail track pad options for LS/LT calipers, I am sticking to DFC 1000.

Worst wear on rear right pad:

Wear on one of the front pads:

kropscamaro16 10-11-2021 10:37 AM

time for big brake upgrade kit time or just call ken at kns brakes

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