So I was hoping to benefit from the vast experiences of all on this site with a few random questions on my 2014 RS5.
Brake Pads. Ceramic or Semi-Metallic. Ceramic seem to be “better” (less dust longer lasting) but “eat” rotors more quickly? Is that the consensus? Is there really that much difference? I’m contemplating Hawk Pads (need to get around the rears not having the brake sensor). Other recommendations?
Rotors. I’m in Australia and Audi want about $6,600 (AUD being about $4,300 USD at the moment) for OEM rotors. Some others have aftermarket wave rotors (eg ECS) but to import them will still set me back around $4,000 AUD). Have people moved away from wave rotors or are they still regarded as providing a weight benefit. I see for example JHM have the standard shape rotors for about $900USD (front pair).
Exhaust. I am really interested in the JHM valved system. Have listened to many sound clips but so much harder to get that real sound sense without hearing in person. Again, JHM don’t seem to have a Aust based distributor and cost-wise I’d expect it to be around $5,000 AUD delivered while the Capristo is about $7,000 purchased locally. Has anyone listened to both systems in person and could describe any main differences? Not really looking for HP improvements (not that they are not always welcome) more about giving that V8 its best aural output.
And finally some “what the hell is that?” questions. In the boot there is this:
Thanks in advance.