Guide: How to Purchase Brake Pads

What do you mainly use the vehicle for:


If you’re just driving around town, you probably won’t be able to use the stopping power of race brakes (or even get them to operating temperatures). In this case, OEM quality brake pads, ceramic or organic pads will provide you with quiet and gentle stops so you can naturally enjoy a sweet ride to and from your daily activities. Shop for commuting brake pads



When hauling hefty cargo, your truck will require heavy-duty brakes to handle the excess heat that’s generated. Semi-metallic pads are tough and resilient for this. Plus trailers produce a lot of noise, therefore the slight squeal from these aggressive pads won’t be as apparent as they tend to be on a commuter car. Shop for towing brake pads



Half of conquering the mountain is making it back down safely. Get your off-road rig back to camp in one piece with pads that provide plenty of hold, regardless of temperature. Heavy-duty semi-metallic or mild racing pads are great choices here. Shop for off-road brake pads



Street Performance

Once you start cranking up your car’s horsepower with accessories, you need to ensure you can quickly stop it. Semi-metallic, select ceramic or organic pads and even mild race pads can be used to give your braking system the boost it needs without committing your ride to race-only status. Shop for performance brake pads



For racing, all of the comforts of an OEM pad go out the window in favor of sheer stopping power. A racing brake system spends much of its time enduring intense heat, so using pads that are designed to work well at higher temperatures are critical. Your best bet to beat the heat is a set of heavy-duty semi-metallic or dedicated racing brake pads. Shop for racing brake pads

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