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Brake Pad Part#:
Pad Plate#:
Caliper Part#:
Caliper Name
Wilwood BP-28 Brake Pads
BP-28
Wilwood BP-30 Brake Pads
BP-30
Wilwood BP-40 Brake Pads
BP-40
Wilwood PolyMatrix A Brake Pads
PolyMatrix A
Wilwood PolyMatrix B Brake Pads
PolyMatrix B
Wilwood PolyMatrix E Brake Pads
PolyMatrix E
Wilwood PolyMatrix H Brake Pads
PolyMatrix H
Wilwood PolyMatrix Q Brake Pads
PolyMatrix Q
Wilwood BP-28 Brake Pad Compound Performance Stats
Wilwood BP-28 Brake Pad Compound Comparison Graph
CHARACTERISTICS
  • Medium-high friction pad - low temperature response with flat torque from 100°F-1200°F
  • Smooth predictable pedal feel
  • Medium-low pad wear
  • High-performance street/track and race pad
Application
  • Street performance
  • Track day
  • Dirt and pavement racing
  • Titanium and stainless
Rotor Material
  • Steel
  • Stainless Steel
  • Titanium
Wilwood BP-28 Brake Pad Compound Retail
The above friction data(μ) was recorded through braking cycles from 95 mph to 40 mph at a 0.5g deceleration. Snubs were consecutively done until rotor temperature reached 1300°F.This graph represents average data and is for general trend visualisations only comparing Wilwood pads.Chart data should not be used in comparison with other manufacturer's data. Test conditions, variables, and environment can affect test results.

Temperature range and overall friction value are the primary considerations for pad selection. The pads must maintain the proper amount of friction for stopping power within the temperatures that will be realized on the track. Overall wear rate must also be considered. For most asphalt and road race applications, compounds in the high-temperature range over 1000°F are usually necessary. Dirt track, drag race, and street performance applications usually operate at temperatures between 500° and 1000°F. Keep in mind that these are general ranges and not absolute values. Many factors and unforeseen influences can affect brake temperatures. The best indicator for pad selection will always be on-track performance. If pad fade (friction loss) due to overheating occurs, improved cooling, a heavier rotor, or a higher temperature range pad may become necessary.


Wilwood BP-30 Brake Pad Compound Performance Stats
Wilwood BP-30 Brake Pad Compound Comparison Graph
CHARACTERISTICS
  • High friction pad with medium initial response, rises with increased temperature
  • Medium low temperature response
  • Low wear rate during sustained high heat braking
  • Predictable and linear response with excellent modulation
  • Very high heat fade resistance
Application
  • Racing only - Not for street use
  • Road course
  • Heavy duty pavement oval
  • Drag racing stainless
  • Sprint cars SAS
  • Titanium and Stainless
  • Club sport racers
  • Track cars with ABS
Rotor Material
  • Steel
  • Stainless Steel
  • Iron
  • Super Alloy
  • Titanium
Wilwood BP-30 Brake Pad Compound Retail
The above friction data(μ) was recorded through braking cycles from 95 mph to 40 mph at a 0.5g deceleration. Snubs were consecutively done until rotor temperature reached 1300°F.This graph represents average data and is for general trend visualisations only comparing Wilwood pads.Chart data should not be used in comparison with other manufacturer's data. Test conditions, variables, and environment can affect test results.

Temperature range and overall friction value are the primary considerations for pad selection. The pads must maintain the proper amount of friction for stopping power within the temperatures that will be realized on the track. Overall wear rate must also be considered. For most asphalt and road race applications, compounds in the high-temperature range over 1000°F are usually necessary. Dirt track, drag race, and street performance applications usually operate at temperatures between 500° and 1000°F. Keep in mind that these are general ranges and not absolute values. Many factors and unforeseen influences can affect brake temperatures. The best indicator for pad selection will always be on-track performance. If pad fade (friction loss) due to overheating occurs, improved cooling, a heavier rotor, or a higher temperature range pad may become necessary.


Wilwood BP-40 Brake Pad Compound Performance Stats
Wilwood BP-40 Brake Pad Compound Comparison Graph
CHARACTERISTICS
  • Very high friction pad with aggressive initial response
  • Immediate low temperature response
  • Low wear rate during sustained high heat braking
  • Predictable and linear response with excellent modulation
  • High heat fade resistance
Application
  • Racing only - Not for street use
  • Road course
  • Oval pavement
  • Dirt all classes
  • Off road
Rotor Material
  • Steel
  • Stainless Steel
  • Iron
  • Super Alloy
  • Titanium
Wilwood BP-40 Brake Pad Compound Retail
The above friction data(μ) was recorded through braking cycles from 95 mph to 40 mph at a 0.5g deceleration. Snubs were consecutively done until rotor temperature reached 1300°F.This graph represents average data and is for general trend visualisations only comparing Wilwood pads.Chart data should not be used in comparison with other manufacturer's data. Test conditions, variables, and environment can affect test results.

Temperature range and overall friction value are the primary considerations for pad selection. The pads must maintain the proper amount of friction for stopping power within the temperatures that will be realized on the track. Overall wear rate must also be considered. For most asphalt and road race applications, compounds in the high-temperature range over 1000°F are usually necessary. Dirt track, drag race, and street performance applications usually operate at temperatures between 500° and 1000°F. Keep in mind that these are general ranges and not absolute values. Many factors and unforeseen influences can affect brake temperatures. The best indicator for pad selection will always be on-track performance. If pad fade (friction loss) due to overheating occurs, improved cooling, a heavier rotor, or a higher temperature range pad may become necessary.


Wilwood PolyMatrix A Brake Pad Compound Performance Stats
Wilwood PolyMatrix A Brake Pad Compound Comparison Graph
CHARACTERISTICS
  • Very aggressive initial response
  • Ultimate high friction pad
  • Immediate low temperature response
  • Medium-low wear rate during sustained high heat braking
  • High heat fade resistance
Application
  • Racing only - Not for street use
  • Road course
  • Oval pavement
  • Dirt all classes
Rotor Material
  • Steel
  • Iron
Wilwood PolyMatrix A Brake Pad Compound Retail
The above friction data(μ) was recorded through braking cycles from 95 mph to 40 mph at a 0.5g deceleration. Snubs were consecutively done until rotor temperature reached 1300°F.This graph represents average data and is for general trend visualisations only comparing Wilwood pads.Chart data should not be used in comparison with other manufacturer's data. Test conditions, variables, and environment can affect test results.

Temperature range and overall friction value are the primary considerations for pad selection. The pads must maintain the proper amount of friction for stopping power within the temperatures that will be realized on the track. Overall wear rate must also be considered. For most asphalt and road race applications, compounds in the high-temperature range over 1000°F are usually necessary. Dirt track, drag race, and street performance applications usually operate at temperatures between 500° and 1000°F. Keep in mind that these are general ranges and not absolute values. Many factors and unforeseen influences can affect brake temperatures. The best indicator for pad selection will always be on-track performance. If pad fade (friction loss) due to overheating occurs, improved cooling, a heavier rotor, or a higher temperature range pad may become necessary.


Wilwood PolyMatrix B Brake Pad Compound Performance Stats
Wilwood PolyMatrix B Brake Pad Compound Comparison Graph
CHARACTERISTICS
  • Medium-high friction pad with good initial response
  • Good low temperature response
  • Medium-low wear rate during sustained high heat braking
  • High heat fade resistance
Application
  • Racing only - Not for street use
  • Road course
  • Oval pavement
  • Dirt all classes
  • Off road
Rotor Material
  • Steel
  • Iron
Wilwood PolyMatrix B Brake Pad Compound Retail
The above friction data(μ) was recorded through braking cycles from 95 mph to 40 mph at a 0.5g deceleration. Snubs were consecutively done until rotor temperature reached 1300°F.This graph represents average data and is for general trend visualisations only comparing Wilwood pads.Chart data should not be used in comparison with other manufacturer's data. Test conditions, variables, and environment can affect test results.

Temperature range and overall friction value are the primary considerations for pad selection. The pads must maintain the proper amount of friction for stopping power within the temperatures that will be realized on the track. Overall wear rate must also be considered. For most asphalt and road race applications, compounds in the high-temperature range over 1000°F are usually necessary. Dirt track, drag race, and street performance applications usually operate at temperatures between 500° and 1000°F. Keep in mind that these are general ranges and not absolute values. Many factors and unforeseen influences can affect brake temperatures. The best indicator for pad selection will always be on-track performance. If pad fade (friction loss) due to overheating occurs, improved cooling, a heavier rotor, or a higher temperature range pad may become necessary.


Wilwood PolyMatrix E Brake Pad Compound Performance Stats
Wilwood PolyMatrix E Brake Pad Compound Comparison Graph
CHARACTERISTICS
  • Medium friction pad, medium effective temperature range in medium temperature pad group
  • Good initial bite, smooth engagement, low abrasion on iron rotors
  • Medium wear rate at high temperature
  • Consistent, linear response through temperature range
Application
  • Street use okay
  • Performance street
  • Autocross
  • Track day
  • Low temp drag racing with steel rotors
  • Off road
Rotor Material
  • Steel
  • Iron
Wilwood PolyMatrix E Brake Pad Compound Retail
The above friction data(μ) was recorded through braking cycles from 95 mph to 40 mph at a 0.5g deceleration. Snubs were consecutively done until rotor temperature reached 1300°F.This graph represents average data and is for general trend visualisations only comparing Wilwood pads.Chart data should not be used in comparison with other manufacturer's data. Test conditions, variables, and environment can affect test results.

Temperature range and overall friction value are the primary considerations for pad selection. The pads must maintain the proper amount of friction for stopping power within the temperatures that will be realized on the track. Overall wear rate must also be considered. For most asphalt and road race applications, compounds in the high-temperature range over 1000°F are usually necessary. Dirt track, drag race, and street performance applications usually operate at temperatures between 500° and 1000°F. Keep in mind that these are general ranges and not absolute values. Many factors and unforeseen influences can affect brake temperatures. The best indicator for pad selection will always be on-track performance. If pad fade (friction loss) due to overheating occurs, improved cooling, a heavier rotor, or a higher temperature range pad may become necessary.


Wilwood PolyMatrix H Brake Pad Compound Performance Stats
Wilwood PolyMatrix H Brake Pad Compound Comparison Graph
CHARACTERISTICS
  • High friction pad with a smooth initial response
  • Medium low temperature response
  • Low wear rate during sustained high heat braking
  • (BP-30 suggested replacement)
Application
  • Racing only - Not for street use
  • Road course
  • Oval pavement
  • Dirt all classes
  • Off road
Rotor Material
  • Steel
  • Iron
Wilwood PolyMatrix H Brake Pad Compound Retail
The above friction data(μ) was recorded through braking cycles from 95 mph to 40 mph at a 0.5g deceleration. Snubs were consecutively done until rotor temperature reached 1300°F.This graph represents average data and is for general trend visualisations only comparing Wilwood pads.Chart data should not be used in comparison with other manufacturer's data. Test conditions, variables, and environment can affect test results.

Temperature range and overall friction value are the primary considerations for pad selection. The pads must maintain the proper amount of friction for stopping power within the temperatures that will be realized on the track. Overall wear rate must also be considered. For most asphalt and road race applications, compounds in the high-temperature range over 1000°F are usually necessary. Dirt track, drag race, and street performance applications usually operate at temperatures between 500° and 1000°F. Keep in mind that these are general ranges and not absolute values. Many factors and unforeseen influences can affect brake temperatures. The best indicator for pad selection will always be on-track performance. If pad fade (friction loss) due to overheating occurs, improved cooling, a heavier rotor, or a higher temperature range pad may become necessary.


Wilwood PolyMatrix Q Brake Pad Compound Performance Stats
Wilwood PolyMatrix Q Brake Pad Compound Comparison Graph
CHARACTERISTICS
  • Medium friction pad with a smooth initial response
  • Low wear rate at low temperatures
  • Excellent pad for aluminum and stainless steel rotors in racing, low rotor wear and good feel
  • High performance ceramic based formula
  • Lowest dust and noise
Application
  • Street use okay
  • Custom show cars
  • Street rods
  • Muscle cars
  • Race cars with aluminum or stainless steel rotors
Rotor Material
  • Stainless Steel
  • Iron
  • Aluminum
Wilwood PolyMatrix Q Brake Pad Compound Retail
The above friction data(μ) was recorded through braking cycles from 95 mph to 40 mph at a 0.5g deceleration. Snubs were consecutively done until rotor temperature reached 1300°F.This graph represents average data and is for general trend visualisations only comparing Wilwood pads.Chart data should not be used in comparison with other manufacturer's data. Test conditions, variables, and environment can affect test results.

Temperature range and overall friction value are the primary considerations for pad selection. The pads must maintain the proper amount of friction for stopping power within the temperatures that will be realized on the track. Overall wear rate must also be considered. For most asphalt and road race applications, compounds in the high-temperature range over 1000°F are usually necessary. Dirt track, drag race, and street performance applications usually operate at temperatures between 500° and 1000°F. Keep in mind that these are general ranges and not absolute values. Many factors and unforeseen influences can affect brake temperatures. The best indicator for pad selection will always be on-track performance. If pad fade (friction loss) due to overheating occurs, improved cooling, a heavier rotor, or a higher temperature range pad may become necessary.



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