03 Jan 2013
January 3, 2013

Best Brake Pads – Part 3

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For your car SUV Light truck or motorcycle are the ones that stop you the fastest, safely without nasty side effects and are reasonably priced. We all can agree on that. Sorting through the hundreds of online sellers and their various sales pitch can be quite a minefield so lets try and help you.

First of all brake pads fall into two general categories, Original parts and aftermarket parts. Original parts are almost always the more expensive route and if money is no object and you are satisfied with the brakes on your vehicle then the decision making ends there. However many people do not find the brakes on their vehicle as good as they need them to be and the aftermarket suppliers have some interesting alternatives. You will often see forums crammed with drivers placing their vehicle under extra duty such as towing or regular driving over downhill descents on their daily route and they certainly need better brakes.

First Original parts are built with two criteria. First they want to get you through your warranty period and second they want to buy brake products at the lowest price possible. This combination of criteria does not always mean that buying original parts will give you the best brake pads for your driving style.

Also driving styles and uses of vehicle vary a lot. For example no original builder selects and fits brake pads to a car that are designed to excessive speed driving, attending track days or full blown racing so original parts will not be the best brake pads for you to choose if those extreme styles of driving are on your agenda.

Second brake dust although important to original car builders does not take precedent over safety or acceptable cost levels so an aftermarket supplier may end up being a good alternative for the best brake pads to reduce dust.

Another great way the aftermarket can assist in selecting the right types of brake pad for your driving style is the variety of compounds they offer. The best brake pads for normal urban driving may be the original quality or a standard aftermarket grade whereas the best brake pads for faster drivers may be a softer type of pad made from Aramid fibers such as Dupont Kevlar. Drivers who require low dust brake pads may also find a ceramic enhanced compound their choice for the best brake pads.

Track day or weekend warrior drivers certainly need to consider an upgrade to any stock or standard original brake set up and the best brake pads for their type of use will likely be a high temperature grade of pad that can withstand the extra heat of track driving. Brake fade or loss of brakes can be avoided by choosing a brake pad compound designed for this extra duty application. Longer or more continued track driving will require a full race pad.

The temperatures reached between the pad and the rotor in normal daily driving is around 350 to 450 C. In track day use temperatures can shoot up to 700-800C and in full race use even higher. This requires two totally different approaches to what is the best brake pad for your needs.

Places to help you select the right brake pad compound choice for your car can be found here.

A series of reviews on different brakes to allow you to choose the best brake pads for your vehicles may also be found just here.