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How to Shop for Brake Pads

Identify what you mainly use your vehicle for:


  • If you’re just driving around town, you probably won’t be able to utilize the stopping power of race brakes (or even get them hot enough to operate to their full potential). In this case, OEM quality pads, ceramic or organic pads will provide quiet and smooth stops so you can simply enjoy the drive. Shop for commuting brake pads


  • When towing heavy loads, your truck will need heavy-duty brakes to cope with the extra heat that’s generated. Semi-metallic pads are brutally tough and great for this. Plus trailers make a ton of noise, so slight squeaking from these aggressive pads won’t be as noticeable as they would 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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