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I just bought a new GT350 and the brake squealing is embarrassing. The dealership told me it is the "race track" high performance brake pads. I have no idea why Ford/Shelby doesn't have optional street version brake pads for the GT350. It would be no different than my 1969 Pro Street Mustang that has a set of slicks for the Race Track and a set of drag radials for the street.
 

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I just bought a new GT350 and the brake squealing is embarrassing. The dealership told me it is the "race track" high performance brake pads. I have no idea why Ford/Shelby doesn't have optional street version brake pads for the GT350. It would be no different than my 1969 Pro Street Mustang that has a set of slicks for the Race Track and a set of drag radials for the street.
Any reduction in brake noise, and more importantly brake dust would compromise the braking efficiency of the brake pad. The nature of these brakes is that they stop the car in a remarkable fashion. When you’re diving into a turn after 100+ mph straight you will appreciate how they work when you stand on them. And by the way, spirited driving will eliminate your brake squeak for a period of time too. A different pad is only a bandaid and a compromise.
 

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Any reduction in brake noise, and more importantly brake dust would compromise the braking efficiency of the brake pad. The nature of these brakes is that they stop the car in a remarkable fashion. When you’re diving into a turn after 100+ mph straight you will appreciate how they work when you stand on them. And by the way, spirited driving will eliminate your brake squeak for a period of time too. A different pad is only a bandaid and a compromise.
Well I don't recall diving into a turn after a 100+ mph straight on the street or after a 1/4 mile run at the drag strip. I drove my 2016 Modified Mustang GT like the Dukes Of Hazard (without the bridge jumps) and my brakes were fine. If you drive your GT350 around town to a car show or something it sounds pitiful squealing at each stop. Even with standard high performance pads the Brembo brakes are still better than the standard GT brakes.

I read somewhere that a company called Hawk Motorsports was working on a optional GT350 brake pads for just this reason.
 

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I just bought a new GT350 and the brake squealing is embarrassing. The dealership told me it is the "race track" high performance brake pads. I have no idea why Ford/Shelby doesn't have optional street version brake pads for the GT350. It would be no different than my 1969 Pro Street Mustang that has a set of slicks for the Race Track and a set of drag radials for the street.
The brakes squeaked from time to time on all my "M" cars including my 2014 M6 and it cost twice what my '18 cost. I haven't had any problems with the brakes on the '18 although I'm not sure they are as good as the brakes on my M4. It's just part of owning high performance cars. I will say that over the last 50 plus years I haven't had any problem with the drum brakes on my Starliner squeaking nor do the brakes on my '67. :)

Auto Fanatic on you-tube has done a couple of videos on various brakes on his GT350.
 

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Like I said before, it is not like I am wanting the brakes switched with a 2018 Mustang GT or something like that. Having the "street" pads put on for street use and the "Racing" pads put back on for the track is no different than changing the slicks used at a drag strip to the street tires for street driving.
 

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No its not, as the pad material between a race pad and street pad are very different, if you just swap pads and not rotors or clean them, is not going to work as the pad material is bedded onto the rotor. A race pad bedded to a rotor and then using a street pad, with the race material embedded....is not a good idea.
 

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I have made clear that there are people like myself that have purchased a Shelby GT350 with no plans of racing the car. I want it for the street and some occasional drag strip runs. I would like the ceramic pads removed and the brakes cleaned and just standard high performance pads used on it. This will in no way affect the braking in how I plan to use the car.
 

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I haven't noticed any squealing or noise from my 2017 non-R. I did put some Baer brakes on a Saleen I had a long time ago, and they were for sure noisy to the point of some embarrassment. I tried suggested remedies like Slike 50, No Squeal, etc, but until they got hot they squealed like a pig. . . . .
 

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I thought I was the only one with a brand new car's brakes squealing. To comfort you a bit, I heard this is "normal" for this vehicle because of the type of brakes and pads our cars are using. But I will have to agree that it's embarrassing.
 

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While braking, disengage the clutch and rev it up a few times. That will hide the brake squealing. In seriousness, mine has the same problem. If anyone knows the solution just let me know. I also want to make a note that between 60 to 20 mph it does not sequel while braking. It's only at 20 and below.

I went to the M forums and found an interesting post regarding the solution to the brake squeal:
https://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=1534410&stc=1&d=1480483655

The tech chamfered the pads and replaced the brake carriers. Does anyone know if ours needs to be chamfered?
 

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I didn't look back to see if it's been covered, but I'm sure it did...EBC anti-seize on the back side of the pads did the trick for me. Same technique as from Auto Fanatics video you see mentioned. I didn't sand the pad face down, just the anti-seize very lightly on the rim where the pistons contact the pad, and on the sides where the pad slides into the caliper. Squeal gone.
 

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I didn't look back to see if it's been covered, but I'm sure it did...EBC anti-seize on the back side of the pads did the trick for me. Same technique as from Auto Fanatics video you see mentioned. I didn't sand the pad face down, just the anti-seize very lightly on the rim where the pistons contact the pad, and on the sides where the pad slides into the caliper. Squeal gone.
YUP, same solution here. I used the same copper grease I use on my bike. Most stuff I own has Brembos and most of them squeak from new :(

Anyways, pull them apart and clean then lubricate at all contact points of the pad. Mine haven't made a peep since.
 
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