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I’m at 49k on the original breaks and probably may need to change them soon.

I’m seriously tired of the brake dust from the z51 performance brakes. I’d like to use something that generates much less dust but still provides amazing stopping power. I do drive the car very spirited at times.

Any recommendations?
 
Any high quality ceramic pad will be lower dust, and should be perfectly adequate for spirited street use. I personally haven't used any of these, but they all seem to be well reviewed, and from reputable brands:

Hawk PC
G-Loc GS-1
Carbotech 1521
EBC Redstuff

Powerstop also has pads for the Z51, although IMO I'd tend to rate Powerstop as more of a budget pad compared to the above.

TDot has good pricing on EBC. Much cheaper than you are likely to find the other brands for.

FMSI pad shapes for the Z51 I'm pretty certain are D2312 (front), D2366 (rear)

 
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You don't need the Z51 brakes. The non Z51 brakes don't dust much and work well. I could be wrong of course, but I think it's just the compound that is different and they fit.
Different FMSI pad shape codes between the standard C8 (JL9 brakes) and Z51 (J55 brakes)

FMSI pad shape codes:

Z51 (J55 brakes)
Front: D2312
Rear: D2366

Non-Z51 (JL9 brakes)
Front: D2251
Rear: D2369
 
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Different FMSI pad shape codes between the standard C8 (JL9 brakes) and Z51 (J55 brakes)

FMSI pad shape codes:

Z51 (J55 brakes)
Front: D2312
Rear: D2366

Non-Z51 (JL9 brakes)
Front: D2251
Rear: D2369
Thanks for that. Then FWIW matching the pad composition would help for dusting. Mine don't dust much at all.
 
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Thanks for that. Then FWIW matching the pad composition would help for dusting. Mine don't dust much at all.
My 24 z51 has more brake dust on the wheels after 100km than 21 non-Z51 after 1000km, I have not had a change to test out the difference of the braking performance
 
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I will immediately switch to Powerstop Z26 as soon as I get my car. 300$ to keep wheels clean. No brainer.
I was even thinking of asking the dealer to switch them for me before delivery.

PowerStop Z26 Extreme Street Performance C8 Corvette Z51 Front Brake Pads
Part Number: psbZ26-8009

PowerStop Z26 Extreme Street Performance C8 Corvette Z51 Rear Brake Pads
Part Number: psbZ26-8010
 
I always do my own brake jobs ..... my wifes Enclave ... always get the cheapest ceramic pads I can find ... that vehicle is like 6000 lbs and I dont even know the brand I think they are bosch or some thing but they were like 60 bucks CDN and they are quiet and that hefty SUV stops on a dime ... as for dust ... almost nothing ... less than the new pads I put on my C8

For the C8 I replaced the rotors with the Giro disc 2 piece rotors ... absolutely love them ... they look awesome are much lighter than the stock rotors and actually feel a difference in the way the car drives and handles but expensive and the pads I put on were the Hawk performance ceramic ... I feel these pads were an absolute rip off ... sure they have less dust than the originals but they still dust up more than I would have expected ... and every once in awhile they squeek :Mad5:

Gonna look through my car bills to see the eco brands i have used and thats what I will throw on the C8 next

IMO unless your a track rat and want only the " best " dont waste your cash on ultra expensive pads any half way decent ceramic pad will give you much less dust and probably equal or better performance than the stock organic pads ;)
 
I will immediately switch to Powerstop Z26 as soon as I get my car. 300$ to keep wheels clean. No brainer.
I was even thinking of asking the dealer to switch them for me before delivery.

PowerStop Z26 Extreme Street Performance C8 Corvette Z51 Front Brake Pads
Part Number: psbZ26-8009

PowerStop Z26 Extreme Street Performance C8 Corvette Z51 Rear Brake Pads
Part Number: psbZ26-8010

Got the car last Tuesday, changed pads 2 days after... car had 40km :) Not like I wasn't used to heavy brake dust on my 911.
No more brake dust. Did the Work myself without removing the caliper. PowerStop Z26 front pads comes with all the hardware (8 pins and spring bracket) and grease.
Total cost: about 300$ with the 20$ 10pt 9mm tool from Amazon.
 
I always do my own brake jobs ..... my wifes Enclave ... always get the cheapest ceramic pads I can find ... that vehicle is like 6000 lbs and I dont even know the brand I think they are bosch or some thing but they were like 60 bucks CDN and they are quiet and that hefty SUV stops on a dime ... as for dust ... almost nothing ... less than the new pads I put on my C8

For the C8 I replaced the rotors with the Giro disc 2 piece rotors ... absolutely love them ... they look awesome are much lighter than the stock rotors and actually feel a difference in the way the car drives and handles but expensive and the pads I put on were the Hawk performance ceramic ... I feel these pads were an absolute rip off ... sure they have less dust than the originals but they still dust up more than I would have expected ... and every once in awhile they squeek :Mad5:

Gonna look through my car bills to see the eco brands i have used and thats what I will throw on the C8 next

IMO unless your a track rat and want only the " best " dont waste your cash on ultra expensive pads any half way decent ceramic pad will give you much less dust and probably equal or better performance than the stock organic pads ;)
How much were the " Giro disc 2 piece rotors" and what will it cost to replace the one piece when it is worn?
 

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