The EBC Bluestuff NDX Full Race Brake Pads are definitely a track oriented pad designed to provide optimal braking performance in high-speed and track only conditions. This brake pad features a high friction race material that can be suitable for aggressive street driving, however, they work really great on aftermarket style calipers or modern style calipers with multi-piston systems with a better release and cooling for larger rotors.
Another great feature about the Bluestuff NDX pads is the bite in cold weather conditions with a progressive brake feel with the ability to bring the vehicle to a complete stop. EBC built the NDX pads that are bonded to the steel backing plates using multiple high strength interlock holes along with a unique chemical interlayer which provides better strength to limit the possibility of the pad to plate separation.
The target use suits faster and heavier type of vehicles participating in performance driving occasions such as a weekend autocross, driver's education, HPDE, time attack, etc. Friction will build quickly in these particular pads after 2-3 stops but in real world track situations, the bedding process with the Bluestuffs may exhibit 20-25MM contact bands in the center of the disc after 4-5 laps. Some vibration may occur, but it is recommended that 200 miles of gentle use with gradually increased demand on the brakes on a safe road environment until you get proper feedback from the brakes to your liking.
These particular pads will be for the front calipers on your vehicle.
FITMENT NOTE: For all 02/03 WRX owners, please verify pad fitment before purchase. There was a front caliper design change mid production year. This will be determined by the BUILD DATE (not model year), which is found on the VIN plate in the driver’s side door jam. Alternatively you can compare your existing pad shape to our online photos.
This style of pad is confirmed for all WRX models with a date of 06/02 and later.
For any questions about what pads you need, please reach out to us!