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Re: Brake Pad Comparison [Re: discountdon] #5262263 11/09/19 03:11 AM
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Originally Posted by discountdon
Akebono??? = $$$$

Brembo??? = $$$$$

for highest value per dollar is BOSCH QuietCast Ceramic

they brake like a dream, solid and confident


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Speaking of $$$ signs, the pads you mentioned are quite inexpensive compared to some OE pads.

The pads that were recently released by Toyota to solve noise issues on the last-gen RAV4 list for $113 and they are the same Advics PV565 pads (as the originals) but with huge chamfers! The original pads are $9 less and probably contain 40% more material.


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Re: Brake Pad Comparison [Re: WhizkidTN] #5262511 11/09/19 12:04 PM
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All those “upgrades” are real money for not a real difference in price. From good to best on a diy job is usually around $20 tops yet firestone got ya for $65. Precisely why at that point you may as well have gone to the dealer. I blew a radiator hose years ago and Firestone got me for a hair under $300. If my car broke down in a firestone parking lot I’d push it anywhere else.


Originally Posted by WhizkidTN
I've had some poor experience recently with replacing the OEM brakes at 85K original miles on my Optima at Firestone. First went in a set of NAPA Ceramic pads as an "upgrade" which squealed. Then the Wagner ThemoQuiet pads (which was what Firestone normally uses) went in next after two weeks which then also squealed for another two weeks of my testing. Very frustrated at this point, then came the $65 upgrade I was charged to put in Adaptive One (ADO) high end ceramic brake pads which rarely squeal now so I'm mostly happy. These don't seem to "grab" or "bite" quite as good as the Wagner pads did but are more like the OEM pads. All were sourced from NAPA locally by Firestone.

Yes, the rotors were turned. Yes, the brakes were bedded properly. No I don't think the brake hardware kit (or lube) was used on the first set of pads that went in (and they should have been) but did with the third ADO set.

Go figure. About a year prior to this I had them do the brakes on the wife's Rogue using the Wagner ThermoQuiet pads with no issues whatsoever.

Re: Brake Pad Comparison [Re: The Critic] #5264318 11/11/19 03:04 PM
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At least in my mind the Akebono pads are worth the money, the almost always work out of the box with no headaches or noise or bedding procedure. I'm especially partial to those yellow/black box Street Performance GG rated ones.

Re: Brake Pad Comparison [Re: JeffKeryk] #5264353 11/11/19 04:01 PM
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I have used NAPA branded pads over the years and I can't tell the difference between them and OEM other than cost which is a fraction over dealership prices.


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Re: Brake Pad Comparison [Re: dave1251] #5264368 11/11/19 04:25 PM
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Originally Posted by dave1251
I have used NAPA branded pads over the years and I can't tell the difference between them and OEM other than cost which is a fraction over dealership prices.


I think they are either raybestos or wagners, ans they slapped on the NAPA label.

Re: Brake Pad Comparison [Re: nobb] #5266665 11/14/19 06:05 AM
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Originally Posted by nobb
So which brake pad brands/models are known to be OE or better in performance? There's a consensus on Akebono. What else would you guys use over OE?


I had some Akebono Proacts on my Saab 9-3 that were not that great (maybe old formula?). I swapped them out.

Re: Brake Pad Comparison [Re: JeffKeryk] #5267447 11/14/19 06:41 PM
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Is it common for top of the line brake pads to have burrs (see video @ 9:15) to help attach the pad material to the plate?

The one disadvantage I see is that I see many people wait until ~1mm of pad material until replacing the pad. This is even the manufacturer spec on my Toyota. The burrs in those NRS pads look to be 2-3 mm, which mean if you wear your pads down that much, you risk the burrs digging into your rotors.

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