EBC Red Stuff Brake Pads SUCK for Street use in an Aston Martin DB9

“Squeeeeeaaaaaallllll”   “Squeeeaaaal”   “Squeal”   You better get used to that noise if you are looking to run a set of EBC Red Stuff brake pads in your DB9.   During my recent full brake service I figured I’d try something new instead of running another set of Porterfield R4-S pads.  I looked around at the various options, and found the EBC Red Stuff pads were a fair bit cheaper, so I bought a set off Amazon.  The savings were notable, about $250 USD for both sets of front and rears vs. $370 buying Porterfield’s.  Big mistake – and one you can now avoid making.

The EBC’s don’t squeal when they are stone cold, and they don’t squeal when they are hot (like track day hot).  Everything in between they squeal under light or moderate pressure below 20 mph, essentially coming to a stop at any light.   And they squeal LOUDLY, drawing more attention to your DB9 than you’ll want.

My last set of pads (Porterfield R4-S) NEVER squealed.  I was careful to bed that set in, and I’ve been careful this time around to bed in the EBC’s.  I have shim plates installed.  I used anti-squeal compound during assembly.  I’ve driven them for three months now.  I’ve actually taken three (3) stabs at bedding them in hoping to give them the best possible chance before I gave up on them.

The EBC’s made more brake dust than the Porterfield R4-S too.  Less than the OEM Pagid pads, but more than the Porterfield’s.  In fact, I was aghast after my first week running the EBC’s, my rims were nearly black.

Brake Dust after 1 Week with the EBC’s

They had good ‘bite’ all the time, even when cold.  I have no complaint in their braking performance.

The EBC’s may be a fine choice for principally a track day car, but SUCK for mild to moderate street driving.

I officially give up.  It wasn’t worth the $120 saved.  I’ve ordered a new setup of Porterfield R4-S pads today and look forward to swapping them in soon.  I’ll keep the EBC’s for my annual AMOC Track day run, and use them up where they are best suited.

2 thoughts on “EBC Red Stuff Brake Pads SUCK for Street use in an Aston Martin DB9

  1. Mark Chippendale

    I used their Yellowstuff pads on my DB9 with zero squealing issues. These are not quite as good for aggressive driving but are perfect for a daily basis.

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  2. Robert Thrailkill

    I also used EBC Red pads for rear brakes. Had new rotor installed too. The brakes had horrific squealing no matter what I tried. Gave up after just 10 days and put in a set of Pagid. They occasionally squeal at low speeds but only faintly. Threw the EBC Red into the trash.

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