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Difference between cheaper/expensive pads and rotors

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Difference between cheaper/expensive pads and rotors

Hey all

Just wondering what is the difference between different pads and rotors?

Looking at rock auto they both range from approx $25 to 75 for pads and $20 to $100+ for rotors for most cars. So do the more expensive last for more kms? Any advantage of purchasing the more expensive ones?

Lots of Indy mechanics use Wagner which are usually on less expensive side than other big brands and they perform okay for most ppl.

I am not racing or tracking, just need something reliable and something that lasts longtime?

What’s the best bang for buck? I know akebono get lots of love on this forum but if something one third of akebonos price will do the same thing then why waste money?

Thanks!
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Centric. /thread
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Pads/Rotors along with suspension and tires are safety devices. Spend your bucks on these items.

Usually there is a trade off between long lasting and braking performance: shorter distance the quicker it usually will wear, you choose. What car is it for?

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Is this your car??? How much are you saving???
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The quality of materials and manufacturing. Which translates into braking performance and durability.

Centric is my first choice.
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I still have my OEM rotors ... but swapped OEM pads (had less than 50% left after being used for 2 years) for WBR Pads @ 41,000 km. Awesome pads for $90 installed.
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One is cheaper than the other. Price has nothing to do with the quality if that's what you are talking about. Don't be psychologically fooled by the price. It's the material they use that matters. Just read reviews from others about the product and be a smart consumer.
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fq007 wrote:
Apr 28th, 2018 5:56 pm
Hey all

Just wondering what is the difference between different pads and rotors?

Looking at rock auto they both range from approx $25 to 75 for pads and $20 to $100+ for rotors for most cars. So do the more expensive last for more kms? Any advantage of purchasing the more expensive ones?

Lots of Indy mechanics use Wagner which are usually on less expensive side than other big brands and they perform okay for most ppl.

I am not racing or tracking, just need something reliable and something that lasts longtime?

What’s the best bang for buck? I know akebono get lots of love on this forum but if something one third of akebonos price will do the same thing then why waste money?

Thanks!
Wagner is a premium brand manufactured by Federal Mogul.
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Even if you do your own brake job, I would always recommend to get premium brake components as you will find that aftermarket crap usually comes with some issue(s). As already mentioned in post #5, do not save on brake components. Those extra 10 or 20 feet in better braking could make a difference between averting an accident and a major collision.
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One of my friends recently installed WBR brake pads and they squeal a lot. Why is that?
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I got the centric high carbon rotors. They are coated as well. Lasted maybe a year before they started to rust. Anyhow, I’ll stick with OEM next time so they don’t rust.
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derass wrote:
Apr 29th, 2018 4:57 pm
The quality of materials and manufacturing. Which translates into braking performance and durability.

Centric is my first choice.
And marketing.
Very often the marketing costs re the majority of the cost of the product.
As others have mentioned, check the reviews of the products and decide.
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Think of the Childre…
Cheap pads = quick wear and good chance of squawking. Get good ceramic pads.

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