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Narrowing down brake pad choices #4102979 05/21/16 06:05 PM
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So I'm putting new pads on the Imp while I have extra time most days in my life currently, since that's probably not going to be true soon. They're getting down there, I could probably go another year but I've been trying to find something to work on on my car and I may be too busy to do it in a year and end up wasting money at a mechanic.

I'm trying to buy pads from Amazon since I have prime and it's just easier for me, but I'm going to price shop the part numbers before I finalize. Basically I've narrowed down to Hawk HPS, Hawk Performance, ACDelco Advantage(suspiciously cheap... very cautious), StopTech, Bosch QuietCast, and Akebono Performance/ProACT.

My OEM pads are ceramic I'm told (no reason not to believe) and they have plenty of grab to send the wheels into ABS braking on dry pavement, but I don't think I'd want to go much less grabby. I'd like life + grab, noise and other considerations aren't too important. Don't track but do occasionally drive very spiritedly.

Can people offer me advice other than "I liked this brand..."? Like specific reasons or specifications for one pad or another?

Re: Narrowing down brake pad choices [Re: horse123] #4102984 05/21/16 06:10 PM
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I had hawks I didn't like. Ate through rotors like crazy then the lining delaminated from the backing plate 2.5 years into service.

ACD Advantage is a service grade for those who still believe in the name. I have used their rotors without issue.

I'd go for the akebonos or maybe bosch.

Re: Narrowing down brake pad choices [Re: horse123] #4102985 05/21/16 06:10 PM
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Dumb question, but what's wrong with the OEM pads? None of the ones you listed will really do anything extra above OEM around town if you can already engage the ABS.

The HPS, StopTech, and Akebonos are all comparable. They'll perhaps be a hair above your OEM ones but I bet you will not be able to tell the difference between them. I would also add Axxis Ultimate into that list, if they're available for your car.


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Re: Narrowing down brake pad choices [Re: dparm] #4102991 05/21/16 06:16 PM
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Originally Posted By: dparm
Dumb question, but what's wrong with the OEM pads? None of the ones you listed will really do anything extra above OEM around town if you can already engage the ABS.

The HPS, StopTech, and Akebonos are all comparable. They'll perhaps be a hair above your OEM ones but I bet you will not be able to tell the difference between them. I would also add Axxis Ultimate into that list, if they're available for your car.


If I didn't want to pay excessive shipping, I'd have to pick them up at a subaru dealer which takes more time. A front + back set is $165 without taxes or shipping, I can easily get a quality set on Amazon for less, and I bet Amazon wouldn't even be the cheapest place I could find them.

Re: Narrowing down brake pad choices [Re: horse123] #4103001 05/21/16 06:22 PM
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I think you'd be happy with the Akebono pads, especially if the price is right. ACDelco Advantage quality may be suspect, although the ACDelco Durastop line is solid quality. I used Durastop rotors on my Honda.


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Re: Narrowing down brake pad choices [Re: horse123] #4103010 05/21/16 06:31 PM
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Anyone have anything bad to say about stoptech? I can get a full set shipped from tirerack for $100.

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Re: Narrowing down brake pad choices [Re: horse123] #4103013 05/21/16 06:36 PM
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many aftermarket pads for subaru require grinding to fit properly.

I was Very unhappy with powerstop.



http://www.amazon.com/Akebono-ACT1114-Pr...arch_detailpage

Seem quite good so far on the 2013 outback(rear).


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Re: Narrowing down brake pad choices [Re: horse123] #4103016 05/21/16 06:42 PM
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Advantage is AC Delco's economy line. If you like AC Delco, consider their Professional line instead.

Out of the pads you listed in your OP, my top choices would be Akebono ProACT and Wagner Thermoquiet. If price is a concern, get the Thermoquiet when they're on rebate (Wagner isn't running the promo now, though, but they do have it often). If price isn't as important, then get the Akebono.

Pair them with Centric Premium rotors.

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I've always had good luck with Wagner thermoquiets and they usually always have a rebate to make them cheaper. I've also used duralast gold pads due to their lifetime warranty. The duralast give off a little bit more dust than the wagoners but that's the trade off for the lifetime warranty.

I use centric rotors.


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Re: Narrowing down brake pad choices [Re: dparm] #4103044 05/21/16 07:10 PM
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Originally Posted By: dparm
The HPS, StopTech, and Akebonos are all comparable. They'll perhaps be a hair above your OEM ones but I bet you will not be able to tell the difference between them. I would also add Axxis Ultimate into that list, if they're available for your car.

Agree with dparm, all pads above are good.


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Re: Narrowing down brake pad choices [Re: horse123] #4103073 05/21/16 07:56 PM
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Akebonos are smoothest and last long time. Thermoquiets are a little grabbier and will do better if towing. Akebono owns Bosch now so not much different anymore.Ac Delco are cheap and low end anymore.

Personally I always go with Akebono now unless towing


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Re: Narrowing down brake pad choices [Re: horse123] #4103075 05/21/16 07:58 PM
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My best results have been the Wagner Thermoquiets. Brake dust was way down with them too.

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For my car, Akebono gets recommended a lot. Amazon isn't always the cheapest. I used the $40 off $100 code at Advance Auto and got them cheaper than Amazon.

Re: Narrowing down brake pad choices [Re: horse123] #4103151 05/21/16 09:39 PM
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My first and only choice are Akebono Ceramic's. I hate the MB OEM brake dust.


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Re: Narrowing down brake pad choices [Re: spk2000] #4103166 05/21/16 10:01 PM
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Originally Posted By: spk2000
Akebonos are smoothest and last long time. Thermoquiets are a little grabbier and will do better if towing. Akebono owns Bosch now so not much different anymore.Ac Delco are cheap and low end anymore.

Personally I always go with Akebono now unless towing



I'm happy with the Akebonos on my Subaru. Very smooth and quiet.

If I wasn't going to put Akebonos on next time, I'd probably go with the Wagner ThermoQuiet. Those would be my suggestions.

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