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Brakes Brake Pads : any recommendations?

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    signatures FEOA Member

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    Anybody have recommendations for some new brake pads, maybe Beck/Arnley, Centric, Bosch, Raybestos, Motorcraft, AC Delco

    was checking on RockAuto, also what's preferred, ceramic or semi-metallic? thanks in advance, dave

    '91 EGT
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    Personally I use and recommend semi-metallic on these cars. The brakes on these cars suck, even when the car was new (Thanks Mazda!!!) so go with the semi-metallic that they came with from the factory. Ceramics will potentially decrease your braking power. I only use ceramics on cars where it came from the factory like that AND the brakes work good (like on my Alero).
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    I use the cheap ones ($5-$10) on wholesaler closeout from Rockauto, and guess at what brand is okay. I also avoid ceramic or other weird varieties.
    I can't tell any difference with the various expensive and cheap pads I've bought over the years, so buy the cheap ones.

    Often there are brands like Wagner or Raybestos on Wholesaler Closeout, but I take brand names with a grain of salt nowadays. I cynically assume that the Chinese factories will sell to anyone and put the appropriate logos on the same item regardless of who is buying.
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    thanks for the info
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    I was assuming front pads. I don't think that you have choices like that for the rear drum brakes.
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    "The brakes on these cars suck, even when the car was new (Thanks Mazda!!!)"

    If you think the cars are bad, try the B2200!
    I picked up a ridiculously heavy load of oak firewood in mine today, and boy those brakes (power) are weak. But even unloaded, if friends borrow it, they mention that there seems to be something wrong with the brakes, as in it's kind of hard to stop.

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