How To Bed In Your New Brakes for a Track Day or Race Event

At EBC Brakes, we want your track experience to be enjoyable AND safe. For this to come about, we ask you to carefully consider pad compound choice for your type of race use and what the latest recommendations are for bedding this material.

We do heat scorch many compounds but as the Yellowstuff and Bluestuff grades, for example, are ‘hybrid’ grades for use on both the street and track, we cannot overdo the scorch or we would move outside R90 conformity. So, you’ll have to do some street pre-bedding and on-track bedding of the Yellow and Blue materials. The chart below advises on which pads in our range need bedding and how to do that, some EBC pads now require almost ZERO bedding but please refer to the second of the two charts below…

EBC Brakes will be launching rotor edge heat paints this summer for you to measure and see where the temperatures of your brakes are going, because for a lot of drivers using street based vehicles, they go a lot higher than you think.

Elsewhere on our site we have talked about green fade and dynamic fade and how different they are; with green fade you have to work through as part of the bedding process but dynamic fade you definitely don’t want to experience and if you did, it would mean you had chosen the wrong grade of pad.

The chart below shows maximum operating temperatures of EBC Brakes compounds and these are the ONLY pads in the EBC range that should be found on a track (notice Redstuff and Greenstuff are not on this race compound line up).

On this chart you can see a comparison of temperature ranges and bedding speeds.

Below is an overview of the latest EBC Brakes recommendations for bedding in of the full 2022 EBC pad compound range (and in here you get a first sneak preview of our SR-11 and SR-21 endurance race pads soon to be announced).

First, check your disc/rotor condition. If not new, they must be flat and smooth or your bed in times will be greatly extended or worse.

What each bedding procedure entails:

Street Pre-Bed – Ideal to install street/track hybrid pads and drive 50+ miles on highways with normal braking followed by 10 hard stops from 60 to 30mph, separating each brake action by 300 yards. Allow brakes to cool overnight then repeat the street bed procedure before going to the track.

Track Seating – Drive 3 laps with intermittent braking from 70 to 30mph, gradually increasing speed as pads start to feel fully responsive. Allow brakes to cool for 15 minutes. Seating will take longer if rotor condition is poor – you’re looking for a 90% contact area achieved.

Track Fade 1 – Drive 3 laps with intermittent stops from 80 to 30mph with gaps of 100 yards between braking cycles. Coast to a stop and allow brakes to cool for 15 minutes.

Track Fade 2 – Repeat Track Fade 1 exactly. During the fade tests, pads will give off an odour as they get hotter.

If brakes do not feel strong at the end of Fade 2, look for reasons such as poor rotor condition, rotor fluid quality low and in need of changing or caliper drag (common on production street vehicle calipers). Then repeat Fade 2.

We won’t say any more about the SR range at this stage, but suffice to say EBC is making some major strides in pad development during summer 2021.

Watch this space…