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aballz
09-19-2006, 10:04 AM
Hi i wanted everyone's suggestions for replacement brake pads. I go on kragen's or autozone's website and there's a variety of brands and types of brake pads. I was wondering which ones are good? I'm trying to find an economical, decent price, quiet, hopefully longer lasting pads. Not that the pads that the car is wearing is worn down yet. But it was put on by the previous owner. Performance isn't a priority, i'd rather have quiet and durability. The price ranges from about 15-100. Whats the difference between ceramic and organic in terms of the interests i stated above? Which brand is best? Are brake pads something i should purchase from the dealers (which is usually overpriced) or is an autoparts store adequate for buying brakes pads?

92 Celica GTS 4 discs.

helipos
09-19-2006, 02:08 PM
While this a bit of an advert.
Check out the technical section.
http://www.stoptech.com/tech_info/tech_white_papers.shtml

While unfortunately it doesnt have anything that I could find about pads longer lasting pads are a misnomer, hard long lasting pads will invarably wear your rotors faster.

Regards Helipos

KoreanJoey
09-19-2006, 04:57 PM
Porterfield R4S is my pad currently and I've been super happy with them.

2kSnakEater
09-19-2006, 08:09 PM
I wouldnt get anything other than Ceramic pads

Ceramic > all

aballz
09-19-2006, 09:08 PM
Don't ceramics tend to squeak?

KoreanJoey
09-20-2006, 01:41 AM
Don't ceramics tend to squeak?

The squeaking isn't what you should be worried about it's the ceramic pads eating your rotors.

tankd0g
09-20-2006, 02:21 AM
Hawk HPS, I just got them a couple weeks ago, I've been pounding them trying to get some dust to come off them but they just won't give in. They stop great, don't squeak and keep your rims clean. I haven't had them at the track yet however. My first trip there was with 3/4 left factory pads, I went home on the backing plates.

Hookecho
09-20-2006, 03:18 AM
just buy a set of premium semi-metallic pads for $50-$60 and you'll be happy.

elimar48
09-20-2006, 05:17 AM
I second the motion for the Hawk pads. I also love them to death and they dont smell (at least for me) after TONS of braking.

aballz
09-20-2006, 07:04 AM
These hawks..do they sell'em at your common autoparts store?

KoreanJoey
09-20-2006, 04:27 PM
These hawks..do they sell'em at your common autoparts store?

Negative Ghost Rider... online order although common autoparts stores will sometimes be able to order them.

tankd0g
09-20-2006, 04:31 PM
These hawks..do they sell'em at your common autoparts store?

Tirerack has them.

aballz
09-20-2006, 10:18 PM
Thanks! On a further note, what's the shelf life of brake pads? I've bought a spare set for my other car like 2 years ago cause i thought i got a good deal but i haven't installed them yet since my brakes weren't worn yet.

2kSnakEater
09-20-2006, 10:30 PM
shelf life? they go bad after 10 days, kinda like milk. brake pads go sour and taste bad.

tankd0g
09-20-2006, 10:47 PM
Ya it really depends on if you plan to eat them and if they contain MSG.

2kSnakEater
09-21-2006, 03:15 AM
but msg makes the pads taste so much better

aballz
09-21-2006, 08:39 PM
Or we could go with BBQ....

KoreanJoey
09-21-2006, 10:07 PM
Basically it depends on how often you use the brakes, how you use the brakes, what the geography of where you drive is, ect, ect.

aballz
09-22-2006, 08:53 AM
I meant the brakes that i bought 2 years ago. They're still in the packaging. Are they still usable?

tankd0g
09-22-2006, 02:17 PM
I meant the brakes that i bought 2 years ago. They're still in the packaging. Are they still usable?


Of course, unless you bought the wrong ones 2 years ago.

aballz
09-24-2006, 03:20 AM
Thanks!

alltracman78
09-24-2006, 03:23 AM
I just use my sneaker on the rear wheel, kinda like on a BMX when you were a kid.... :D