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How does the performance compare to OEM?
From what I have found, the Akebono Pads are OEM equivalents at a lower price.
The aftermarket Akebono Pro Act for my car are much different than my OEM Akebono's. They don't even look similar. Just saying...
To be honest, I chose to try EBC Ulitimax2 pads/rotors instead of my other choices (Akebono ProAct or Raybestos EHT's). A few comments here and other sites suggested that the Pro Acts are like EVERY aftermarket pad - results vary (good to excellent) depending on the application.
My point above is that using aftermarket Akebono on a vehicle with OEM Akebono does not guarantee that they are identical and you will get OEM performance.
My new EBC pads perform very similar to my previous OEM Akebono's, no better no worse. It's like changing spark plugs with no apparent performance change. That's a good thing, often times. I might be able to find a spectacular performance enhancing brake pad, but it might suffer in other areas such as dusting, noise, wear, etc.. The OEM FCA pads for my Patriot are about $85, OEM rotors are $90+ each. I purchased two EBC quality coated rotors AND pad set for $95 delivered. Time will tell about my choice.