Hey all. Having worn the original Subaru front pads down to nothing in about 27k miles, I just changed out the front brake pads on my 06 limited for new EBC ones. Did it myself, procedure was easy enough and went totally fine. (Damn those caliper pistons are a pain in the ass to press down though, my hands are still sore!) Bed-in is coming along well, everything looks good.
Just one question: The original pads had various ancillary metal hardware attached to them: slotted metal backing shims, some other metal brackets with tabs that wrapped around the sides at certain places, and a small L-shaped clip/bracket (not sure what to call it) that fit at the bottom corner hole where the pin goes through. I presume that these parts served some purpose of noise reduction, or of increasing the life of the original pads. Should I reuse any of these original metal clips/brackets with the newly installed pads, or is it best to discard them all? The new pads came only with adhesive hard plastic backing shims, which of course I installed. Will reusing the original metal clips help reduce noise and extend the life of the new pads too, or just get in the way and cause problems?