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Old 02-09-2010, 02:17 PM   #1
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Duralast pads. Any good??

I have to change out the front pads and Autozone only wants $35. I went through Marylandspeeds site and pads are pricey. I don't usually go the cheap way on most things, just checking around.
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Which Duralast ones? I have the Duralast Gold Ceramics on the rear, and so far, so good. I would go with a better pad for the front since they do about 80-85% of the braking on this car.
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aye, get the gold either ceramics or semi-metallic, stay away from the cheapo non golds. squeal and dust too much, they belong on a bus. I use the gold semi metallics for daily driving on the front. I don't think the cheapos have a shim, that's were you get most of noise if they are not there. I returned them and I rarely return parts.
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I don't know if they were the golds. I do know that they only had one option for a GTO though. Thanks for the info.
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Get corvette c5 fitment pads.

I had the Duralast Golds on the front for a while. No issues - quiet, dust-free, stopped the car.
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Get corvette c5 fitment pads.

I had the Duralast Golds on the front for a while. No issues - quiet, dust-free, stopped the car.

That would be an 05 vette pad?
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That would be an 05 vette pad?

yup.
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^^^, 97-04 is C5. 05-present is C6

Get Raybestos Advanced Technology pads. A little bit more in price (~$80), but they work well.
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^^^, 97-04 is C5. 05-present is C6

Get Raybestos Advanced Technology pads. A little bit more in price (~$80), but they work well.

You would say these are better than HAWK pads?? Where do you find the Raybestos?? I could search if I wanted to, but I need to run out the door for work.
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I have there ceramics on all corners. So far so good. They stop fast and bit hard. No noise. Iv always have had good experinces with there products. In my mustang I have a duralast battery and there alternator. Works good.
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Old 02-10-2010, 09:25 AM   #13
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I just picked up a set of Raybestos ATs for front and rear for just under $150 shipped from Rock Auto. That was the best price I could find. My Dad works for Federated Auto Parts and that was $10 cheaper than his price.

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Old 02-10-2010, 09:31 AM   #14
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You would say these are better than HAWK pads?? Where do you find the Raybestos?? I could search if I wanted to, but I need to run out the door for work.

Get them from Rock Auto.

Yes, they are way better than the Hawk Pads. Hawk pads absolutely suck. They're fine for the first few months, but then they get noisy, they get dusty, and their performance begins to suffer.


Personally, I have found both Hawk pads and DBA rotors to be garbage.
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I just picked up a set of Raybestos ATs for front and rear for just under $150 shipped from Rock Auto. That was the best price I could find. My Dad works for Federated Auto Parts and that was $10 cheaper than his price.

http://www.rockauto.com/

Got Carquest pads (made by the same company that makes Raybestos pads) and they seem to be very similar. The biggest difference was the shims and the color they painted the backing. Other than that, they have the same part number aside from Raybestos ATD731AC as opposed to Carquest's BCD731A ... only difference is, got my Carquest ones for $20 cheaper

As for the Duralast Golds, pops used to use them on a lot of cars before he started stocking his own pads with a vendor. He said they were always very good, much better than Wagner or Bendix in his opinion (as far as customer complaints went). Believe they also have a lifetime warranty on them, so when they wear out, you take them off and get new ones for free. That may or may not be the case, I'd double check before making the trip only to find out yours aren't covered under that policy.
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Old 02-10-2010, 12:35 PM   #17
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go to rotorsonline and get some axxis pads for the same price as the autozone brand much better quality. With the money you save buy some stainless brake line
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Or you can go to amazon and get some Akebono ceramic pads. Akebono pads are OEM on numerous cars.
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Get them from Rock Auto.

Yes, they are way better than the Hawk Pads. Hawk pads absolutely suck. They're fine for the first few months, but then they get noisy, they get dusty, and their performance begins to suffer.


Personally, I have found both Hawk pads and DBA rotors to be garbage.


agreed......im not really diggin my EBC pads either, they are eating my rotors alive.
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Or you can go to amazon and get some Akebono ceramic pads. Akebono pads are OEM on numerous cars.


man i thought u were kidding, but just cause i was bored i checked it out, you're for real ! i had no idea amazon carried car parts, jesus.
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Get them from Rock Auto.

Yes, they are way better than the Hawk Pads. Hawk pads absolutely suck. They're fine for the first few months, but then they get noisy, they get dusty, and their performance begins to suffer.


Personally, I have found both Hawk pads and DBA rotors to be garbage.

You sir just made my day. I was looking into the DBA rotors also, then decided to have my friend resurface mine for $20. I'm glad someone had something bad to say about what seems to be top shelf parts. What rotors do you recommend?? Slotted that is. I'm gonna run the originals until they are toast.
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I went with CQuence rotors, but they are in need of replacement, as well.

I'm going with Raybestos Advanced Technology rotors this time around. They aren't slotted, and to be honest, the stock rotors lasted the longest. So, I'm going with a stock replacement rotor. No slots, no dimples, no kangaroo paw bullshit. Just a stock replacement.
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Good info!! I have not had the car long enough to have gone through a trial and error with brakes.
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my cquence rotors went to crap on a gto that goes back and forth to the train station and short weekend drives
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man i thought u were kidding, but just cause i was bored i checked it out, you're for real ! i had no idea amazon carried car parts, jesus.

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Not to threadjack, but I bought some DBA rotors and EBC Yellowstuff pad for the front and within 1 year my rotors were completely cracked and burnt.* Yes burnt and I was informed that DBA rotors and EBC pads do not mix.* They replaced both my rotors and I purchased Hawk HPS pads and I have not been impressed.* I just recently replaced my front and rear pads with Autozone Duralast Gold Cmax and I am really pleased so far.* The hawks were squeaking so bad I thought I was running bare metal but still had 40% pad life left.
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I went with CQuence rotors, but they are in need of replacement, as well.

I'm going with Raybestos Advanced Technology rotors this time around. They aren't slotted, and to be honest, the stock rotors lasted the longest. So, I'm going with a stock replacement rotor. No slots, no dimples, no kangaroo paw bullshit. Just a stock replacement.

honestly i think its kinda silly to drop a ton of money on rotors, something that will always have to replaced sooner or later, no matter how good they are, they'll wear out, good choice, im going with these as well, i cant say i had good luck with my stockers but i had just as bad luck with powerslots and DBA's, so the cheapest one wins.
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Not to threadjack, but I bought some DBA rotors and EBC Yellowstuff pad for the front and within 1 year my rotors were completely cracked and burnt.* Yes burnt and I was informed that DBA rotors and EBC pads do not mix.* They replaced both my rotors and I purchased Hawk HPS pads and I have not been impressed.* I just recently replaced my front and rear pads with Autozone Duralast Gold Cmax and I am really pleased so far.* The hawks were squeaking so bad I thought I was running bare metal but still had 40% pad life left.


have you ever mixed slightly used pads with brand new rotors ? i just put EBC redstuff's all around on mine last year, and like i said, im replacing the front rotors but leaving the pads, i wonder how that will work out, guess we'll have to see.
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Im running Hawks ceramics right now and its just way too dusty and a bit noisy for my taste. If I knew I had to clean my rims out every 3 days I wouldnt get em...and I wont. Im gonna try to get something else a bit softer instead
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Any good rotors that are coated? Especially with the Beyern's, it's worth the extra coin of the dba's that the hats don't get completely rusted. Hate that about most stock replacement rotors ... within a month, they're completely rusted.
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