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Akebono vs PowerStop Z23 #5449405 06/09/20 12:02 AM
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I'm looking for some brake pads and the two that I am trying to decide between are the Akebono ProAct and the power stop z23 brake pads. They are both $40 on Rockauto. Does anyone have any experience between both pads and if so what would you recommend.

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They are nothing special. If PosiQuiet Pros are available for your application, buy those....they are cheaper and perform comparably.


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Re: Akebono vs PowerStop Z23 [Re: Ivan30] #5449437 06/09/20 03:08 AM
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I had no complaints with the Powerstop Z23 pads on my Caliber. Quiet, felt good, good braking ability.


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Re: Akebono vs PowerStop Z23 [Re: Ivan30] #5449457 06/09/20 05:51 AM
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If they are going on a car or CUV, the Akebono would be the better of the two. For a heavier vehicle, like a full sized SUV or pickup, neither.


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Re: Akebono vs PowerStop Z23 [Re: Ivan30] #5449476 06/09/20 06:36 AM
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The pads are going to be for a 2007 4Runner and a 2007 expedition el, would the z36 be better for suvs, I heard that the Raybestos element 3 pads are also pretty good

Re: Akebono vs PowerStop Z23 [Re: Ivan30] #5449488 06/09/20 06:58 AM
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I am sold on Akebon ProAct for my cars. But have never tried PowerStop. I don't have time or energy to try everything. Happy with Akebono and so I stick with it.


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Re: Akebono vs PowerStop Z23 [Re: Ivan30] #5449491 06/09/20 07:05 AM
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Can't go wrong with either........currently running the Powerstop's on the Jeep as we speak.
Pads fit like a glove, Bedded in nice and have a good, controllable feel to them when needed!


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Re: Akebono vs PowerStop Z23 [Re: Ivan30] #5449536 06/09/20 08:10 AM
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Not on your list but I would go with Raybestos element 3 pads, I've installed them on many cars and they are awesome pads and priced very well. From you list I would recommend Akebono ProAct.

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How are the raybestos pads with dust?

Re: Akebono vs PowerStop Z23 [Re: Ivan30] #5449585 06/09/20 09:03 AM
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I have Raybestos on my Jeep and they have been great so far with no dust. I will say I used to be a huge fan of Akebono, but after a few quality control issues I'm not the biggest proponent of them anymore. The pads I took off my father's Grand Cherokee that were only 2 years old fell apart in my hands, and I had clunking issues with them on my BMW, which is a well documented issue on the forums that Akebono has yet to correct. I replaced the Akebonos with PowerStop towing pads on dad's Jeep and they seem to be doing very well. I've used PowerStop on other vehicles with good luck.


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Re: Akebono vs PowerStop Z23 [Re: jeepman3071] #5449612 06/09/20 09:41 AM
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Just ordered a set of the Raybestos element 3 pads, only $18 on Rockauto. Way cheaper than what I was looking for initially. Thanks to all

Re: Akebono vs PowerStop Z23 [Re: Ivan30] #5449614 06/09/20 09:44 AM
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Another quick question, do you guys recommend bedding in every brake pad or is that just a power stop thing

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Originally Posted by Ivan30
Another quick question, do you guys recommend bedding in every brake pad or is that just a power stop thing

I do it after every brake job. I find the pedal feels great afterward.


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Re: Akebono vs PowerStop Z23 [Re: Ivan30] #5449666 06/09/20 10:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Ivan30
How are the raybestos pads with dust?


Brake dust hasn't been an issue for me with raybestos.

Re: Akebono vs PowerStop Z23 [Re: Ivan30] #5449687 06/09/20 11:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Ivan30
The pads are going to be for a 2007 4Runner and a 2007 expedition el, would the z36 be better for suvs, I heard that the Raybestos element 3 pads are also pretty good

Akebono will do fine on the 4Runner.
The Expedition EL is a heavy beast. I wouldn’t use anything other than severe duty semi-metallic brake pads. Raybestos makes the Element 3 pads that are a ceramic/semi-metallic blend that appears to be a good application for heavy SUVs and trucks. I can’t give you an experienced comment on them. I have used the Wagner Severe Duty and Motorcraft Super Duty and those are about the best pads that I have ever used.
The Power Stop brakes are a marketing genius but, there are much better options. I would pick the Element 3 over the Power Stop Z36 on any day. If you are changing rotors, stay with the OE style rotors. Don’t buy those slotted and drilled garbage.

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