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Username Post: Anyone running ceramic pads?        (Topic#350009)
xstuntman 
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Loc: west Texas
Reg: 04-13-09
03-08-18 04:50 PM - Post#2726916    

I read that they work great on the new cars but I'm not sure how they'd do on the older vehicles rotors. Any experience?



 
someotherguy 
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someotherguy
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Loc: Texas
Reg: 08-01-03
03-09-18 07:18 AM - Post#2726974    
    In response to xstuntman

Unless you've got original equipment from the 70's/80's then your rotors have been replaced with some that have modern metallurgy which may or may not be a benefit, depending on where the castings came from.

Getting the straight info on ceramic pads can be tricky. Some sources claim that they are harder on rotors, wearing them out quicker. They also claim they are noisy.

Others don't make a big deal about rotor wear, and find that the pads are quiet.

Some say they don't have anywhere near the amount of stopping power that semi-metallic pads do, others say they have slightly less "initial bite" but that beyond that the stopping power is the same. I might tend to believe those folks (Centric Brakes) since they backed it up with graphs detailing the difference.

The only thing everybody can seem to agree on is that ceramic pads won't coat your wheels in black dust. So if you've got nice aftermarket wheels and don't want them looking like constant crap, ceramic pads are great!

I do run them on my current vehicles, as well as my previous '94 Chevy truck. Mostly for the dust benefit.

Richard

06 Silverado ISS / 06 Silverado SS / 06 300C SRT8


 
gchemist 
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gchemist
Loc: Austin, TX 78748
Reg: 05-09-00
03-11-18 05:55 AM - Post#2727178    
    In response to someotherguy

Mine has them. Mostly for brake dust reduction. Slowing down is not a problem. Our trucks lock up the wheels really fast though. I can't remember on the previous set. I do know it wore out the right side rotor. However, I think the rotors were old. It has new rotors and brakes on the last installation. I like them.

'95 Jimmy SLT (Bought @131,814)
'83 Silverardo XST - ZZ4 powered
'96 GMC Jimmy LS Ret. @236651 miles


 
xstuntman 
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Posts: 65

Loc: west Texas
Reg: 04-13-09
03-15-18 03:47 PM - Post#2727728    
    In response to gchemist

I think i might give them a try. Yeah, the brake dust ruined a set of rims i just repainted argent silver. Guess i should have clear coated.

The other issue i'm running into is the parts stores are just selling cheaply made squealing brake pads which i just can't tolerate anymore. I'm not pulling and coating the pad backs once a year.



 
gchemist 
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gchemist
Loc: Austin, TX 78748
Reg: 05-09-00
03-18-18 04:57 AM - Post#2728018    
    In response to xstuntman

One thing I would upgrade are the rotors. I would go slotted and drilled. Keeping rotors cooler reduce wear too.

'95 Jimmy SLT (Bought @131,814)
'83 Silverardo XST - ZZ4 powered
'96 GMC Jimmy LS Ret. @236651 miles


 
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