06-24-2016, 08:45 AM
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.
- '12 Laredo X V6 Deep Cherry Dark/Mid Greystone, QT1
- Outside: colormatched Altitude Grille, S Limited rear valance, Rear chrome trim Sharkfin, 20% tint, RFUK (built my own)
- Inside: Alcantara steering wheel/shift knob,SRT dash trim, illuminated front scuff plates, stainless rear scuff plates, bright pedals, F/R footwell lights
- Performance: OEM dual exhaust conversion, HD brakes, E-code projectors, JWS fogs