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Which brand brake pads and rotors?

Posted By: hacker

Which brand brake pads and rotors? - 06/30/14 11:18 PM

Bout to replace the front pads on the old '96 XJ and was wondering what brand pads to go for. Recently switched up to getting stuff from NAPA instead of the local O'Reiley's b/c of the quality factor. Would just whatever OEM brake pads NAPA carries be alright?

Also, the rotors are gonna have to be shaved (deeply gouged, didn't know it) and will reuse if I can. But if they turn out to be too worn a brand suggestion for replacing them would come in handy as well.

Posted By: 4x4Wire

Re: Which brand brake pads and rotors? - 07/01/14 12:02 AM

IMHO, Napa and O'Reiley's provide decent parts. Brake rotors can be resurfaced by any machine shop with proper equipment. However, there is a limit to the amount that can be shaved off and still retain safe stopping capacity.

Again, replacements are readily available. I tend to try Napa as first source as they are generally better stocked. That is dependent on store size as the one I go to is big while there is a closer one that does not have the in stock selection.
Posted By: BigJim

Re: Which brand brake pads and rotors? - 07/01/14 04:07 AM

I go with OReiley's And have found replacing the rotors is just about the same price as turning the ones that are worn. Particularly if you take into consideration the time saved by making one trip and getting everything you need to do the job. Should cost bout $125.
I get everything with a lifetime warranty.
Big Jim
Posted By: DRX350

Re: Which brand brake pads and rotors? - 07/01/14 05:16 AM

Check out brakeperformance.com, high quality stuff!

I've run/ran their products on 3 different vehicle with great sucess!
Posted By: hacker

Re: Which brand brake pads and rotors? - 07/01/14 05:18 AM

Thanks for all the help guys. Forgot to mention I'm still stock everything and I'm a super easy driver. Always very light on the brakes. Would this make any difference for recommendations?
Posted By: DRX350

Re: Which brand brake pads and rotors? - 07/01/14 01:57 PM

you're very light on your brakes until you NEED them like never before.

NEVER cheap out on brakes, like rubbers, they're what save your azz when it counts...
Posted By: Mike Bondi

Re: Which brand brake pads and rotors? - 07/03/14 04:41 PM

Also remember what you are planning to do, with your brakes. If you are rock climbing, never get semi metallic or ceramic pads. They take awhile to heat up, and stop properly. You don't want to wait for them to heat up, if you need to hold on the side of a mountain. If you do mostly city and highway driving, semi metallic pads are the best, and if you race(probably not in a Jeep)ceramic pads are the way to go. As for rotors, I found out that some Napas and Autozone get their rotors from the same Mexican foundry, so just use your best instincts on where you buy them. I do not recommend having rotors turned, especially for as cheap as the prices are for new ones. The reason Rotors are as thick as they are,is because the metal dissipates the heat. The less metal, the less effective the heat dissipation is...Be cool....Mike <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/oink.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: BigJim

Re: Which brand brake pads and rotors? - 07/05/14 01:00 AM

A lot of guys go with the drilled and slotted rotors and the ceramic pads.. You can take what Bondi said to the bank, these things are meant to be on the track making panic stops for 3 or 4 hundred miles at a time. They hardly work at all on the street.
Actually the week link in stopping on ALL vehicles is the tires. Simply changing tread designs will add or subtract ten feet or so in a panic stop from 60 mph.
As long as I am going to do regular driving I just go with the regular stuff.
Big JIm
Posted By: hacker

Re: Which brand brake pads and rotors? - 07/16/14 10:40 PM

Any opinion about the Power Stop daily driver rotor and pad set from Rock Auto, Power Stop part # KOE2119? This is not the high performance upgrade kit Power Stop part # K2119, I believe this is just OE. Looks like it includes the same 'Z16 Ceramic Scorched Pads' as the higher performance kit but without the drilled and slotted rotors.

Again, I'm a slow azz driver. For $82 bucks to my door this seems like a decent option unless there's something bad wrong with the included rotors.
Posted By: BigJim

Re: Which brand brake pads and rotors? - 07/19/14 01:11 AM

Ceramic pads in ANY Configuration would be out of my consideration. I'd advise simply getting what came on that Jeep and leave well enough alone. You cannot improve on the stock pads. (unless you are going to do things with that Jeep that it wasn't intended for)
For daily driving you CANNOT improve on the stock pads and rotors. You can, however, make stopping WORSE!
Big JIm
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