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Looking for pads and rotors - please tell me what to buy from rockauto

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Looking for pads and rotors - please tell me what to buy from rockauto

Im looking for front brake pads and rotors for my 2007 Nissan Altima 3.5 with 75000 km.
I was thinking of buying the RAYBESTOS professional grade rotors ($32.70 CAD each) total $65.40 CAD with the
RAYBESTOS Enhanced Hybrid Technology (ceramic) break pad set for $44.12 CAD , both from RockAuto.

Any thoughts / comments / and most importantly, suggestions?

Thanks
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you don't need ceramics and semi metallics would do just fine and cheaper.
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johhny348395 wrote:
Nov 11th, 2017 9:21 pm
Im looking for front brake pads and rotors for my 2007 Nissan Altima 3.5 with 75000 km.
I was thinking of buying the RAYBESTOS professional grade rotors ($32.70 CAD each) total $65.40 CAD with the
RAYBESTOS Enhanced Hybrid Technology (ceramic) break pad set for $44.12 CAD , both from RockAuto.

Any thoughts / comments / and most importantly, suggestions?

Thanks
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Could you possibly point me towards a set of pads you would suggest? rockauto doesn't seem to have many semi metallic pads. you can look here https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/nis ... e+pad,1684

The reason i chose the raybestos pads, despite their price, is because they ship from the same location as the rotors, which saves me about 14 bucks (cdn). I figured for the same price i could get better pads.

Any downsides to ceramics? or just unnecessary. Im looking for long term durability, and hoping the ceramic will last longer without having to pay for a brake job quicker than necessary.
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johhny348395 wrote:
Nov 11th, 2017 10:00 pm
Could you possibly point me towards a set of pads you would suggest? rockauto doesn't seem to have many semi metallic pads. you can look here https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/nis ... e+pad,1684

The reason i chose the raybestos pads, despite their price, is because they ship from the same location as the rotors, which saves me about 14 bucks (cdn). I figured for the same price i could get better pads.

Any downsides to ceramics? or just unnecessary. Im looking for long term durability, and hoping the ceramic will last longer without having to pay for a brake job quicker than necessary.
You won't notice any significant difference in driving, but ceramics typically have less dust IMO and just a little more expensive. It's a good choice.
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johhny348395 wrote:
Nov 11th, 2017 10:00 pm
Could you possibly point me towards a set of pads you would suggest? rockauto doesn't seem to have many semi metallic pads. you can look here https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/nis ... e+pad,1684

The reason i chose the raybestos pads, despite their price, is because they ship from the same location as the rotors, which saves me about 14 bucks (cdn). I figured for the same price i could get better pads.

Any downsides to ceramics? or just unnecessary. Im looking for long term durability, and hoping the ceramic will last longer without having to pay for a brake job quicker than necessary.
okay , if it is coming from the same place and saving you money on shipping then go for it.
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johhny348395 wrote:
Nov 11th, 2017 10:00 pm
Could you possibly point me towards a set of pads you would suggest? rockauto doesn't seem to have many semi metallic pads. you can look here https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/nis ... e+pad,1684

The reason i chose the raybestos pads, despite their price, is because they ship from the same location as the rotors, which saves me about 14 bucks (cdn). I figured for the same price i could get better pads.

Any downsides to ceramics? or just unnecessary. Im looking for long term durability, and hoping the ceramic will last longer without having to pay for a brake job quicker than necessary.
No major downside to ceramics. They should be less dusty, but often a little more expensive and may have less initial bite depending on the brand. Give them a shot. If you don't like them try a different brand next time.
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The Raybestos EHT Hybrid shouldn't be referred to as ceramic - it is a hybrid, of semi-metallic and ceramic.

Probably just as much metallic content as a so-called semi-metallic pad.

If you looked at it alongside an Akebono (ceramic) pad you would see the distinct difference - no coloured flakes in the Akebono.

The 2007 Altima probably came with ceramics (but not Akebonos) and either Akebonos or the Raybestos hybrid pad would probably work equally well.

The Akebonos might be a shade quieter and keep your alloys cleaner, but the single warehouse shipping should win the day.
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I bought several sets of Akebono ceramic pads because I was so impressed after the first. They are very quiet, very little brake dust, stop just as good or better than OEM (Honda & Toyota) and long lasting. They are the OEM supplier for many manufacturers. I didn't know about them until I needed some to replace my original pads after 10 years and 120K. They cost a little more ($CAD70/pair at the time) than the others but they are worth it to me as I don't want to replace them as often.
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Make sure to use the 5% coupon code that can be found pretty much anywhere on the Internet.
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When ordering from RockAuto do you have it shipped to your home or drive to the border. I live in Ottawa so not sure if it is worth driving to the border to pick it up.
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masoud100 wrote:
Nov 12th, 2017 5:44 am
When ordering from RockAuto do you have it shipped to your home or drive to the border. I live in Ottawa so not sure if it is worth driving to the border to pick it up.
They'll do both. Just try different scenarios and see which one is more economical. The shipping cost also depends on the item/stock location. Sometimes it's cheaper to get the parts from Rockauto or Amazon US and sometimes it's cheaper to get them from Canada (Amazon, thewrenchmonkey.ca,etc.)
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gumby wrote:
Nov 12th, 2017 9:19 am
They'll do both. Just try different scenarios and see which one is more economical. The shipping cost also depends on the item/stock location. Sometimes it's cheaper to get the parts from Rockauto or Amazon US and sometimes it's cheaper to get them from Canada (Amazon, thewrenchmonkey.ca,etc.)
+1.

FWIW, I just got Centric rotors and Akebono ASP pads after using Toyota/Lexus OEM. Quality has gone downhill on the OEM parts, I am swapping pads and rotors more now than when I got the car 8 years ago....and my driving has...."calmed"....in this same period.
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I run centric high carbon rotors and stop tech ceramic pads. Good performance and good price imo
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