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Any recommendation for new brake pads?

I just hit 109,000 miles on my 05-35 and my brakepads need to be done.
In the past, I've had them done by qualified tech utilizing stock (or whatever they got) pads.
I'm pretty handy and have successfully done a bunch of disk and drum brake jobs in the past, so I'm now going to replace both the fronts and rears myself (I've already confirmed that the rotors and calipers are good).
Does anyone have a recommendation on any specific pads to buy?
Should I go straight OEM ($80 for front & $60 for rear) or should I look into something like EBC Green stuff?

Also... any trick or traps that I should be aware of, or is it pretty straight forward like any other disc brake replacement?

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Re: Any recommendation for new brake pads?

Replacement is very straight forward. I like my Carbotech Bobcats:

www.ctbrakes.com

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Re: Any recommendation for new brake pads?

Honestly stick with OEM. I moved to Hawk pads and they dust like crazy. Nothing out there has been reported to work better or last longer than the OEM pads on stock rotors. You can definitely get a different feel in the system by changing pads which might not be a bad thing. Given the cost, it's something you could try until it's time for a new set of pads, then decide to stick with them or try something new.

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Re: Any recommendation for new brake pads?

Carbotech's Bobcats stop better than OEM and don't dust any more than OEM

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Re: Any recommendation for new brake pads?

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Carbotech's Bobcats stop better than OEM and don't dust any more than OEM
Thanks, but I can't seem to find them for my 2005 - they only start at 2006.

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Re: Any recommendation for new brake pads?

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Carbotech's Bobcats stop better than OEM and don't dust any more than OEM
As I said, no pad has been shown to stop shorter than OEM on the FX application. A claim on a website is not necessarily truth. If those pads really did stop better than OEM, you would throw the front/rear brake bias out of balance. Even replacing all four pads changes the brake response balance/bias from front to rear, unless the system (pad compound in conjuction with the clamping surface area and the resulting brake torque) is engineered to maintain OEM bias. Anything else could mess with ABS or actually increase braking distances.

If you read up on aftermarket brake sites you might learn that a lot of BBKs and pad compounds don't stop better than the OEM pads, but they resist heat fade and recover from high temperatures more quickly. It makes sense on a track or if you do longer bouts of spirited driving but I go back to my original recommendation - stick with OEM.

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Re: Any recommendation for new brake pads?

Yeah I get the Pep Boys top of the line ceramics, and they work fine. Car stops just as good as oem or any other pads (using stock brake setup, of course).


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Re: Any recommendation for new brake pads?

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Carbotech's Bobcats stop better than OEM and don't dust any more than OEM
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Yeah I get the Pep Boys top of the line ceramics, and they work fine. Car stops just as good as oem or any other pads (using stock brake setup, of course).
A claim on this forum based on personal experience is not necessarily the truth.

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Re: Any recommendation for new brake pads?

The next time I'm at the track, I will either verify or nullify my claim on the bobcats

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Re: Any recommendation for new brake pads?

Overall, I think most aftermarket pads are worse options than OEM pads (Akebono ceramics and the Hawk HPS, IMO, are terrible options even though others like them--when I had them installed, neither set could even activate ABS). The OEM pads aren't bad and their biggest flaw is they squeal, particularly when backing up. That problem was not resolved in 2006 as Infiniti claims, and it is even present on the 2nd gen. FX.

I have tried about 5 different aftermarket pads and the only one I would repurchase is the new StopTech pad. BUT, they produce a fair amount of brake dust. However, they do bite much sooner than OEM pads and overall, provide more pedal feel.

I think next time I replace pads, I will try the CarbonTechs. Not a fan of the price though.

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