Does the brand even matter? I've heard the there only really 3 different makers of pads. They just have different boxes and prices.
I replaced the factory rear pads on mine with generic ceramics 60 thousand miles ago, and they are just now half worn.. I replaced the factory fronts with generic ceramics 40 thousand miles ago, and they are about 1/3 worn.. Needless to say, virtually no city driving, but am dragging a trailer 4 to 5 thousand miles a year,, These pads should last another 15- 20 thousand with ease.. I've read about the BM brakes but am hard pressed to spend that kind of coin on brake pads. Am I missing something? Thanks,,Jerry Bransford said:I have run ceramic pads and while they are better than most pads, they are nothing extraordinary. The only pads I consider extraordinary are Black Magic's pads that I have had on two different TJs. At this point, most would agree it's the best performing pad available for our Wranglers.
I understand the logic, but not brake as well? I have found the opposite to be true, albeit, on a much larger scale.. We now have the strongest, longest lasting, and best gripping clutches and disc brake pads, on our 80,000 GVW big blue trucks, and everything is ceramic.. The composites slip, slide, overheat, and disintegrate at around 100,000 miles. With ceramics, my company issued power unit has 325,000 miles on the original brakes and clutch. I'd been in units for years without ceramics and there is a huge difference, most noticed when loaded.... Your point is taken, and no offense, but does the normal guy in a normal car/jeep notice over $200 of difference in the cost of eight pads. It's all about heat dissipation, hot brakes don't stop well. Ceramics can dissipate heat, and stop that big rig on a quarter, do the BM brake pads do an even better job with the heat? And if so, does normal wheelin create enough heat to be concerned with?Jerry Bransford said:A long-wearing pad means a hard pad which means it doesn't grip/brake as well. Like trying to stop on ice vs. asphalt. Inexpensive long wearing (often lifetime) pads have lifetime warranties because they are so hard they barely wear... which means they don't brake as well as softer pads do. Long wear normally equates to reduced braking performance. I'd rather have a slightly softer and slightly faster wearing pad that brakes superbly than one that lasts an extra long time that won't brake as well... which long lasting pads are known for.