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Old 08-19-2006, 01:11 PM   #1
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Default Getting set to do front brakes, Pad suggestions please?

After searching many posts regarding brakes, my head is swimming with confusion. So I thought I could post what is available locally and let the suggestions fly!

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I plan to change the rotors with the cheapie ones, Car sees about 4000 miles a month of highway driving. Some city thrown in for good measure (I drive between accounts all day)

I have used perfomance friction in the past, however I have read here that they arent well liked. I have also used the Autozone Albanys, but this was before I really had a clue.

Brand names available are Wagner, other than that its store brands. Need to stay around 25 bux for pads

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do ceramics.....you will not be disapointed.....now be aware that the Ceramics will eat the cheepie rotors quick
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I've used Wagner Thermo Quiet as well as Delco DuraStop pads on my car with excellent wear and stopping ability. Also, if you have never replaced the rubber brake lines that are attached to your front calipers, NOW is the time to do so!!!
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Ended up doing generic rotors, store brand semi metallics. Even used a torque wrench to tighten the wheels (100 ft-lbs with an old school needle style wrench, but hey thats all I got) Went on some rural roads to bed the pads, they were fading and smelling by the 4th stop. Hope I never need 4 hard stops in a row, cause these arent going to do it LOL. At least it brakes SMOOTHLY now. Before, it felt like it was gonna jump out of its paint. Bled then again too, really getting happy with the pedal feel now

I chose not to go the ceramic route, I have been driving about 40k a year for work and really dont want to have to do this every few months. MrsCrzy'* LE brakes WONDERFULLY for having almost 200k, but I can't remember what kind of pads I put on last time, been about 2 years since I had to do anything to them.

Appreciate all the help, one of these days I will get to do some of these fun perfomance mods when its not being used for an office.
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on another note. Make sure the rear brakes are good, and adjusted properly. Adjusted means, when you spin the tire, the wheel doesn't spin anymore than one turn on itself. You should feel some drag. If not, have them inspected, the adjusters lubed, and adjusted. you will be amazed as to how well the brakes work.
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