So, I heard from others online that they had run their pads down 70% by going to a single track event. I figured, since I went to a two-day event that mine should be that bad. And a friend of mine with a BRZ gave me his old set of stock pads, since he’d barely used them and had almost immediately switched his car to a much stronger aftermarket set. Even with it being cold, I set about the task of switching out the pads while I had time.
A few things, I have my own jack and jack stands that I got from Sears. I opened the jack and checked it out, but never really bothered with the stands. That was the only major mistake I found. Apparently, I bought the high height ones for a truck or SUV, and never realized it. So I got the front of the car jacked up and had no jack stands to put under it. I ended up just going with a jack only. I know it isnt the safest, but it worked out.
Swapping the pads wasnt hard, though getting the calipers pressed back out was a pain. The first one took me about 30 minutes, the second one only took me 10 or so. And I only did the fronts, as I really doubt I used the back brakes enough to worry about it.
The results…I used about 60% of my stock pads in 11,000 miles and a 2-day track event. Also, the passenger side rotor developed some scoring. I might be switching my front rotors sooner than I expected. But, I was planning on doing it in the not-to-distant future, so I guess it isnt too bad.
Update: In case anyone was wondering, Sears was great about the return and got myself a set of shorter jack stands that should work for the next time I need to use them.