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This is a discussion on WRX brake pad differences within the Suspension & Wheels forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; The late 2002/early 2003 WRX have several different factory combinations of brake pads, making it difficult to shop for upgrades. ...

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    WRX brake pad differences

    The late 2002/early 2003 WRX have several different factory combinations of brake pads, making it difficult to shop for upgrades. Here is a year-by-year breakdown to assist.

    2002: All 2002 WRXs have a combination of D721 front pads and D770 rear pads.

    2003: Starting in July of 2002 (2003 cars were made in 2002), Subaru decided on new brake calipers for both the front and rear, which consisted of a D929 front pad and D1004 rear pad. This created four variants of WRX brake setups:
    1. Some early 2003 cars got the 2002 style D721 and D770 setup
    2. Some cars got the older D721 front pads and the new-style D1004 rear pads
    3. Some vehicles got the new D929 front pads with the older D770 rear pads
    4. Some got the new D929s front and D1004 rear setup.

    These variants make purchasing brake pads and brake kits complicated; the easiest (and only) way to tell what you have is to remove the wheels and measure the pads. Generally any 2003 WRXs made after July of 2003 have the new D929 and D1004 setup that was used until 2005.

    2004-5: All 2004+ WRX Models use the D929 Front and D1004 Rear brake pad setup.

    In 06 the WRX went to the FHI 4/2 pot setup D460 Front, D461 Rear














    here's a site that has most of the FMSI's and jpegs for most make/models

    http://www.toeflex.cn/brake%20parts/brakepadsasia.htm
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    Thanks Big Sky, that's exactly what I needed to know.
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    Would you happen to know if I can use any other types of brake pads on my BBK if so, please list options.

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    Lots of pad choices for the STi Brembos- Hawk, Ferodo, Carbotech, EBC, Pagid and many more

    the front pad is a D1001


    The rear is a D961

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    I just had to deal with this issue. I have a 03 made in 7/02. I ordered the 721 for the front and didnt fit, thats what came when i oredered them for a 03 WRX.. Searched all over town and one place had a set of the 929, but they were the organic ones. I had no choice had to get them. So if i have the 929 on front i should have the 1004 on the back right ? And who can i order from to ensure i get the proper size.

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    Not necessarily- they really mixed/matched things up to the point your best to pull one pad (and compare to the drawings above) to insure what you have. SOA really screwed the pooch on this one IMO.
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    do you know what type of brake pads u need for STi Version 6? This is the early 2000 model.

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    Should be the same ones as the four/two pot ones
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    Thanks bro. Concise info with pad photos is sweet.
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    Question

    Hey all,

    I went down to the dealership to ask what style pads I currently have on my Sonic Yellow '03 Sedan...I asked about the style types above (D721, D770, D929, D1004), and they looked at me like I had three heads. They gave me a print out based on my VIN with the Subaru part #s...the front pads are 26296/26300...the production date says "200204-200206".

    How does that compare? If I order online, do I ask for 2002 or 2003 pads? Are the front rotors the same for both years?

    My brakes are about to go and I wanted to order some new ones ASAP...

    Thanks!

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    Geez- they don't even give you valid part #'s. The 2002 front pads- oe part # is 26296FE060- I think from that complete number and the partial number they gave you- you can gather that you have the "2002" style pad.

    Rotors are the same.
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    Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Sky WRX
    Geez- they don't even give you valid part #'s. The 2002 front pads- oe part # is 26296FE060- I think from that complete number and the partial number they gave you- you can gather that you have the "2002" style pad.

    Rotors are the same.
    Nice. Thanks for the quick reply! I've been going crazy trying to figure this out...so that probably means I have the 2002 style rear pads as well? Does this mean that the clips I have now are only good for the 2002 style pads? I am planning on replacing the pads with Hawk HPS so I guess that means I should order the 2002 WRX front/rear pads along with my H6 upgrade...

    Big Sky, you're a big help!

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    Unfortunately I don't think there was any rhyme nor reason on the rears. Best bet is to pull one side and compare w/ the drawings if you want to know for sure.

    If your going to the H6 setup you need 02 pads regardless- so if that is what your doing order the 02 rear pads. The clips (2002) are inexpensive so you could order those as well- worse case scenario you end up w/ a extra set of clips
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    I called 3 dealerships and got part numbers for my brakes (from VIN). Can anyone decypher which these are?

    Front: 26296 SA 000
    Rear: 26696 FC 002 (one place said 004 instead of 002)
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    Well I'd have to say that the front ones are the D929 as the part # for the 02 front (D721) is 26296FE060

    The rears- looks like the 02 style rears (D770) the part # is 26696FC002, 004 at the end doesn't come up as a vaild part #
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