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Old 05-27-2016, 06:38 AM
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Just wondering what kind of brake pads anyone has used to replace the factory ones! I'm at 37k miles and the front brakes need to be replaced,which I'll be doing this weekend! So I just want to know what brands you guys have used.


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Re: Brakes!

I put a set of PowerStop Z26 pads on mine 2 weeks ago and like them a lot so far.

The OE pads were pretty good at first, but didn't really seem to grab any more even if you really stood on them. And after 25K miles, I couldn't engage ABS on a dry road no matter how hard I applied the peddle.

These PowerStops have a similar initial bite to OE, but will grip enough to kick in ABS if you really crank on them. Should have a higher temp range too, which will be handy towing in the mountains come summer.
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Re: Brakes!

Let me start out by saying I have two trucks and I live on an hilly island and we go through pads way faster.

I can give you the perspective of a truck with stock brakes and a truck with modified brakes.


Truck #1 2011 Laredo E (Stock brakes)

First pad change stuck with OEM pads

- Initial impression with stock pads is good bit until half way consumed then the brakes feel inadequate like what you are experiencing, Nose dive under heavy braking.


Second pad change was Raybestos EHT (E3)

These pads hads were an improvement over stock and had slightly better initial bite. They were very good with producing less dust until halfway consumed when the dusting increased. The did not last as long as the OEM pads but gave trrouble free service and reduced the nose dive under heavy braking.

Third and Current set of pads (Power Stop Z23)

Performance similar to the Raybestos again no squeaks but no percieved increase in bite over the raybesto pads. (I will admit I do beleive that I will reserve further judgement of these pads until I install new rotors and do a fluid flush since this vehicle has not had on in its life)



On to the 2012 with Upgraded Rotors 350 mm in front and 330 vented in the rear.

Initially the increase in rotor size with stock pad improved the brake feel and made the braking feel more balanced and eliminated nose dive all together.


Then I added braided lines, The braided line added better pedal feel and brake modulation so the brakes were more responsive to pedal input.


First pad change was to Raybesto Semi-metallic police package brakes.

These were initally not bad but began to sqeal badly so I can recomment these to any one.



Second pad change and current pads are the Raybestos EHT (E3) pads.

I am very happy with these.

The brakes don't feel as effective now that they are 50% worn but when you stop on the pedel you still get a pretty abrupt and controlled stop.


The stainless line don't seem to feel as stiff as you think they would but make all the differnce in feel when you compare to a truck with out them.




I would say that the raybestos EHT pads are a good and less costly improvement to the OEM pads with no quams.


I will try as set of the Power stop pad next with my modified brakes to see how they measure up.

Next brake change will be pads, rotors and fluid for the 2012.
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