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Tell me about Akebono brake pads

My brake pads are getting pretty thin on all four corners so I might as well do them all at once. I'm thinking about getting Akebono pads since they're highly regarded.

Do they only come in one composition (ceramic), or if not, which is the best to buy for my car?

I'm pretty sure I have the original rotors (146K miles on my car) but they're not warped so I think i'll take a chance on reusing them.

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Ceramic pads are for those who care about little dusting and don't care so much about braking distance. For me personally, I'd like to stop better so I got Hawk HPS instead, they dust like crazy, but I don't care. They are brakes, I want to stop. If you care about the cleanliness of your wheels, then get ceramic pads.

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I like the stock ceramic pads because they are perfectly quiet, and they brake just fine for my needs. If you can activate the ABS on dry clean pavement, that's all you need IMO. I'm not hard on brakes, and you obviously aren't either, if you still have your original rotors. If I'm not mistaken, Akebono is an OEM supplier.

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Ceramic pads are for those who care about little dusting and don't care so much about braking distance. For me personally, I'd like to stop better so I got Hawk HPS instead, they dust like crazy, but I don't care. They are brakes, I want to stop. If you care about the cleanliness of your wheels, then get ceramic pads.
If you really want to stop faster, get grippier tires. What limits the stopping distance on any modern car with ABS is the loss of tire adhesion to the road - then the brakes lock up the wheels.

Hawk HPS pads are fine pads but will not stop you any faster than Akebonos or anything else. If anything, you could make an argument that "performance" pads will take LONGER to stop a daily driver because performance pads are optimized for hot friction - i.e., fade resistance - which means cold friction suffers. Brake fade is not a problem for any sane daily driver, so the ceramics are fine.

Pads are likely to feel different, and that is a matter of preference. I have driven Akebono ProActs for years and am very pleased. Some say their initial bite, especially when cold, is less than what they would like. I could not get the ProActs in time on my last change so I put EBC RedStuff on my 07 fronts. They definitely have a bigger initial bite, but they also seem to need more pressure to hold the car at a stop light. Go figure.

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Where is the cheapest place I can buy them? I think I can buy them locally but the mark up would be ridiculous the way things are around here.

well I just got them on ebay from the cheapest source. Can't wait to put them on!
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I have them and they are outstanding pads. They stop great with a nice smooth feel. They are easy on the rotors and last a long time.

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If you really want to stop faster, get grippier tires. What limits the stopping distance on any modern car with ABS is the loss of tire adhesion to the road - then the brakes lock up the wheels.

Hawk HPS pads are fine pads but will not stop you any faster than Akebonos or anything else. If anything, you could make an argument that "performance" pads will take LONGER to stop a daily driver because performance pads are optimized for hot friction - i.e., fade resistance - which means cold friction suffers. Brake fade is not a problem for any sane daily driver, so the ceramics are fine.

Pads are likely to feel different, and that is a matter of preference. I have driven Akebono ProActs for years and am very pleased. Some say their initial bite, especially when cold, is less than what they would like. I could not get the ProActs in time on my last change so I put EBC RedStuff on my 07 fronts. They definitely have a bigger initial bite, but they also seem to need more pressure to hold the car at a stop light. Go figure.
I'd like to disagree. The Hawk HPS pads are excellent in both cold and hot conditions. I used to run Axxis Metal Master for years and cold friction on that pad was BAD. I however, cannot attest to the braking distance, obviously I haven't done a scientific test. Just last week, I drove my dad's 2008 Accord with stock pads and my mom's 2005 Acura TL with Duralast... forgot what kind of pads, then my own car, back to back to back. I seriously thought that my dad's car had braking issues, but it really didn't, it's the OEM pads. It didn't have a lot of bite, although I can stop just fine. So I suggest if you really want to find out, get all 3 sets, Akebono, OEM, and something else for testing purpose. But it'll run you quite a bit of money. Hawk HPS has a lot of instant bite cold and hot, I know, because I've made emergency braking while in the snow while the pads were stone cold after cruising on the highway for a while.
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It depends on what you are used to. When I drive the Chevy Truck it feels like the brakes have need a good bleeding or have air in the system (they don't). My wife used to complain that the Accord brakes were grabby, before she got used to them. The Accord certainly doesn't need more initial bite.
In a panic stop, I think most people quickly hit the brakes with enough force to activate the ABS, with any pads.
If I were using (or abusing) the brakes enough to where I was experiencing brake fade with the ceramic pads, I would consider performance pads.

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i love them so far. had on the OEMs when i got the car, which i presume are "rebranded" akebonos? whatever. swapped the OEMs with the akebonos last week and needless to say, they aren't much of an "upgrade", per se (since they are basic, non-"performance" pads), but they are a very noteworthy replacement. FWIW, i wouldn't second guess them. i have the ProAct 787s. they're like $45 on amazon!
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The Akebono pads do come in different grades, although I'm pretty sure that they are both ceramic. I am running (ASP###) pads on my coupe, but I'm running the series (ACT###) on my wife's CRV. I am happy with them both, but I think in the future I will only be getting the ASP pads. Since both have been completely silent, the only difference (according to Tire Rack's very scientific ratings) is slightly higher dusting for slightly better stopping power. And since I haven't noticed any significant dusting on the wife's CRV, I'll be using ASPs in the future.

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I ordered mine off of Amazon.com. And when I went back to check the pricing, I am reminded of one of the reasons I went with ACT on the CRV: the ASP pads ARE about 50% more expensive than the "basic" ACT pads.
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Put the basic ceramic pads on all four corners today on my 05. Between that and the valvoline dot 3/4 fluid flush the brakes feel great! Happy with akebono pads so far.
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