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Best brake pad material

This is a discussion on Best brake pad material within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; Im bout ready to get some new pads for my maro, as their about done.. my question is what is ...

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    Best brake pad material

    Im bout ready to get some new pads for my maro, as their about done.. my question is what is the best material to get. do i go semi metallic, or metallic, or ceramic. i want a set that doesnt squeal like a school bus coming to s atop, and want minimal brake dust. so lets hear the input guys. thanks in advance

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    Hawk Pads. Nothing but good reviews on here.

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    I run ceramic on mine. No squeal and VERY little dust.


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    Ceramic.

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    Ceramic either hawks or even the duralast gold

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    IM a Fan of ceramic, Low dust and low noise. Not many brake pad brands "squeal" if instailed correctly and the rotors are turned and everything is lubbed up correctly.
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    Hawk or carbotech, my Hawks (Step above ceramic) are a little more aggressive than the stockers.

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    i got some ceramics on the way....my current pads just recently started squealing like a school bus (thinking the wear sensor is starting to dig) and their creating a ton of dust, so their about done...but thanks for the info guys. i appreciate it

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    i used haws before and i like them. Im currently using ebc red stuff ceramic. they are very good also but my rear right squeals a bit.

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    Another vote for the Hawk HPS pads, quiet, very low dust, kind to the rotors.

    Stay away from semi metallic pads, they are very harsh on the rotors and will wear them out faster.

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    My car came with Red Stuff pads and when they wore out I replaced them with Wagner Thermo-Quiets. Feel the same as the Reds. I'm pleased.

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    the main reason for the squealing is a vibration between the pad backing and the brackets and caliper if caliper grease is applied it will decrease if not eliminate the noise.
    i have semi metalic on mine and they are horrible with dust but make no noise at all

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