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#2141523 - 01/17/11 03:33 PM Time for new brake pads
Rtstrider Offline


Registered: 10/14/06
Posts: 347
Loc: Southeast
So my front pads are starting to squeal. They have over 130k on the original dealer pads. My car is an 03 Lexus IS300. I am pricing pads now and were wanting to know if anyone has experience with the following two pads:

Wagner Thermoquiet
Raybestos Advanced Technology

These are both ceramic pads and are over $20 cheaper than the dealer pads. My main concerns are stopping power (when both cold and hot), dusting, and noise. Any input would be greatly appreciated smile

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#2141549 - 01/17/11 03:53 PM Re: Time for new brake pads [Re: Rtstrider]
Reddy45 Offline


Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 610
Loc: USA
I've had good luck with some Raybestos ceramic pads I'm currently using on my F150. The only issue I had was the small thin piece of metal on the back of the pad came off because the rivet came loose. Functionally, the pad works fine and stops great with little dust.

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#2141581 - 01/17/11 04:21 PM Re: Time for new brake pads [Re: Rtstrider]
Rtstrider Offline


Registered: 10/14/06
Posts: 347
Loc: Southeast
Well I guess my next question would be...Should I just fork out the extra $20 something dollars and just go with the dealer pads?

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#2141605 - 01/17/11 04:41 PM Re: Time for new brake pads [Re: Rtstrider]
jimvegas Offline


Registered: 12/19/06
Posts: 171
Loc: Las Vegas
For only $20.00 more I would stay with OEM. Takes all the "what if's" out of it. You know they work well with as long as they lasted....

My $.02
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#2141616 - 01/17/11 04:48 PM Re: Time for new brake pads [Re: Rtstrider]
Rtstrider Offline


Registered: 10/14/06
Posts: 347
Loc: Southeast
Ok just called Lexus of Mobile and they want $84 for the front pads....I can get the Raybestos AT Ceramic for $48.32 shipped or the Wagner Thermoquiets for $39.94. I have checked the Sewell Lexus Parts online and they have the pads for $75.35 shipped....Kinda expensive frown but if the OEM would be better than the other two, may have to wait for payday to get them....Any other experiences/suggestions?

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#2141626 - 01/17/11 04:54 PM Re: Time for new brake pads [Re: Rtstrider]
cos Offline


Registered: 11/21/04
Posts: 1134
Loc: Metro Detroit
I installed Raybestos AT pads in my Ford Escape (along with Raybestos AT rotors) about 4 yrs (40k) ago. They are great - excellent initial bite, great feel and modulation as well as overall stopping power. They are wearing extremely well and the icing on the cake is w-a-y less dust then the stock Ferodo pads.

Don't forget to bleed your brakes.
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#2141668 - 01/17/11 05:30 PM Re: Time for new brake pads [Re: cos]
Silver_civic Offline


Registered: 01/06/11
Posts: 930
Loc: Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Just my honest opinion, but BENDIX is still a good brake pad/shoes as havent had problems with them. Raybestos are still good too.

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#2141752 - 01/17/11 06:42 PM Re: Time for new brake pads [Re: Rtstrider]
Rtstrider Offline


Registered: 10/14/06
Posts: 347
Loc: Southeast
Or should I fork out the $60 after shipping for Akebonos? Sorry just been reading up on the Raybestos pads and been hearing that it's hit or miss now

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#2141762 - 01/17/11 06:46 PM Re: Time for new brake pads [Re: Rtstrider]
mechtech2 Offline


Registered: 09/05/06
Posts: 19479
Loc: Chicago Area
Stopping power/grab is designated on brake pads by letters on the side.
First is the warm, then the hot rating. E E is decent . F F would be better. You may see E F or F E. G G is generally a racing/high performance pad, or for motorcycles.

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#2141778 - 01/17/11 06:55 PM Re: Time for new brake pads [Re: Rtstrider]
RH+G Offline


Registered: 04/05/04
Posts: 426
Loc: NY
Akebonos have never let me down. My vote is for them

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#2141878 - 01/17/11 08:00 PM Re: Time for new brake pads [Re: Rtstrider]
The Critic Offline


Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 17708
Loc: Walnut Creek, CA
This is a performance application. Those aftermarket ceramic pads tend to be most optimized for long life and low dust, than wear.

Here, $49.95 for Genuine pads for any 90-2005 Lexus:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/GENUINE-L...=item53e5aa2e43

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#2141886 - 01/17/11 08:08 PM Re: Time for new brake pads [Re: The Critic]
Propflux01 Offline


Registered: 09/26/02
Posts: 3094
Loc: Arkansastan
Akebono's... Better than OEM
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#2142036 - 01/17/11 09:56 PM Re: Time for new brake pads [Re: Propflux01]
The Critic Offline


Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 17708
Loc: Walnut Creek, CA
Originally Posted By: Tim H.
Akebono's... Better than OEM

They may feel better, but they certainly were not subjected to the same amount of validation testing as the OE pads. OEM suppliers may sell pads to both vehicle manufacturers and under their own brand, but they are not necessarily the same quality.

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#2142455 - 01/18/11 10:55 AM Re: Time for new brake pads [Re: Rtstrider]
bigmike Offline


Registered: 06/05/09
Posts: 3239
Loc: Florida
130k on OEM pads - I'd stick with those. No need to mess with success.
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#2142502 - 01/18/11 11:36 AM Re: Time for new brake pads [Re: Rtstrider]
Rtstrider Offline


Registered: 10/14/06
Posts: 347
Loc: Southeast
Just ordered the Akebono ProAct pads and am going to have Centric Rotors on standby just in case my rotors can't be turned. Thanks everyone!

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