What type brake pads do you use? (Value pads VS High End Ceramic)

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by TimTim2008, Feb 7, 2009.

  1. TimTim2008

    TimTim2008 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What type brake pads do you use? (Cheap Value pads VS High End Ceramic)

    Autozone (and pepboys) usually carry 3 or 4 types of pads in stock for my trucks..

    1. Value Pads (usually around $15-$19)
    2. Semi-Metallic (usually around $19 to $25)
    3. Ceramic (usually $39 to $49)

    Business has been slow, so i went with the value pads this time. yes i know you get what you pay for, just wondering what do everyone else go with...

    Dont be shy.. Tell the truth... Do everyone on here really use the high end pads?
  2. nosparkplugs

    nosparkplugs LawnSite Gold Member
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    what size truck are those brake pad price's for a 1/2 ton, cause their very low? I use Napa heavy duty towing pads $102.00 for the front pads. The Napa pads are Semi-metallic, and my brake pads of choice for many years
  3. TimTim2008

    TimTim2008 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Usually thats the price for Silverado 1/2 Tons & Ford Ranger pads. +/- $5
  4. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    I changed the front brake rotors and pads on my F-450 on friday the pads I used are Raybestos Advanced Technology they are supposed to be the best semi-metalic pads for hard use. The pads for my F-450 list at 140 dollars with my discount they were 128 dollars. The brake rotors were 169 dollars each. My brake pads had lots of meat left but they were glazed over the surface was smooth as glass. The orginal owner of the truck must have used a cheaper grade pad.

    Ceramic pads need new rotors that are designed to work with them if you use a soft rotor the pads carve the crap out of them.

    Semi metalic works the best with a stock rotor.
  5. TimTim2008

    TimTim2008 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    pad change time agin.. argggg
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    Stay off your brakes by letting off the gas much sooner, then you won't have to change them near as often.
    100,000 miles a set, cheap pads.
    Tires last longer, too.
    Fuel mileage increases.

    Concepts taken from "driving with load" and "hypermiling"

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