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    Default Front brake pads dilemma.

    Just received two sets of pads in mail for my front brakes, and they seem slightly different. Not sure if there is a cause for concern, but aside of one set being solid and one split in the middle, the compound seems slightly different as well. Should I just go ahead and install them as pairs or mix them up? Also, it's my first brake job so any pointers are much appreciated. Cheers!

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    You're not off to a great start,are you? First lesson is watch those part numbers. Happens to everyone sooner or later especially on the inter-web where it's not always so plain with pictures often muddled.

    But I'd send a pair back and get a match. Sure, you can screw about, mixnmatch and live to tell the tale, quite likely. But for the sake of postage? Even CanadaPost postage? meh.

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    Guess I should return them, which prompts another question - which set would be the preferred one, if it matters - the split one?
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    No sense in messing with it, swap 'em for the proper ones. The part number stickers in the upper left corner of the package should be compared to see if they're different, the right one is covered so you can't read it.
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    Are you sure they aren't just flipped in the package? They have the same part numbers on the backs so maybe?

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    Not flipped in the package for certain, they're both FA65V but the end numbers are different VPad GG-40 17QA and VPad GG-51 19QA. I ordered these and starter brushes way over a month ago and then they were lost by the postal service. These are the replacements I got after approved refund, so that's the good part. Now, just to get the right ones
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    but aside of one set being solid and one split in the middle, the compound seems slightly different as well
    Yes I would too. It's that " different compound" that would particularly propel me to replacement.

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    Yeah, they're going back to Fortnine for sure. I sure hope the starter brushes are a good fit at least.
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    Quote Originally Posted by radek22 View Post
    Yeah, they're going back to Fortnine for sure. I sure hope the starter brushes are a good fit at least.
    They're really good at returns. Last time I had to return something it was an ordering issue on my end and they sent me a return waybill by email and billed my visa for return shipping which was a small fraction of what I would have had to pay as well as no restocking fee even though it was my fault. I'd phone them to check their stock and see if they can match up either pair with a match. I'd probably go with the slotted pair as it might give you better rain performance but is probably a moot point with your slotted rotors. Solid rotors you would need all the help you can get. LOL.
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    I'd guess maybe the 19QA has wear indicator & 17QA does not. I think I'd contact EBC before returning them, it could save a lot of time & effort
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