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Wilwood Brake Pads

Wilwood Racing and High Performance Brake Pads

Wilwood brake pads are the result of a never ending development process that dates back to the company's origin in 1977. The goal has always been to provide the highest level of performance for all categories of competition and performance driving.

To meet the requirements of such a broad range of racing and sport driving applications, Wilwood has developed a highly diversified selection of compounds and pads. The available selections provide incremental changes in friction values, temperature operating range, as well as other characteristics, that are capable of satisfying the stopping requirements of nearly any motor sport application. Proof is evident in the wide spread use of the PolyMatrix family of compounds and several other specialized application materials.


Wilwood Pad Compound Characteristics
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PolyMatrix A 
PolyMatrix H
PolyMatrix J
PolyMatrix B
PolyMatrix C
Sintered Metallic
PolyMatrix E
"Smart Pad" BP-10
"Smart Pad" BP-20
PolyMatrix Q


Temperature range and overall friction value are the primary considerations for pad selection. The pads must be capable of maintaining the proper amount of friction for stopping power within the temperatures that will be realized on the track during the event. Then, overall wear rate must be considered. For most asphalt and road race applications, compounds in the high temperature ranges over 1000°F range 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, then improved cooling, a heavier rotor, or a higher temperature range pad may all become necessary.


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