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do you use the stock inner shim with aftermarket pads


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When replacing with the stock brake pads with Hawk aftermarket pads, do you keep the inner shim (the middle one in the picture)?


The only other thread I found was this one:



Which seemed to have my same problem. What is the purpose of the inner shim if we can go without it?

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I tried to check with Hawk just to be sure as well, and just got this response:


Scott –


The shim we put on our pads is designed to run by itself. You could put the outer OE shim on but it might make noise. A lot of times the OE will put multiple shims on to try and turn that specific brake pad. Our shims are a single layer of steel with rubber bonded on each side for insulating and noise reduction.




Todd Miller

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