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post #16 of 25 Old 05-20-2013, 12:35 PM Thread Starter

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Thanks for the info guys, some good feedback here! I think I'm going with the centric rotors and centric pads. The e-coating should hold up well for me since I live in the south where snow/salt spray isn't much of a factor. I'll likely order them this week and have my mechanic install them next week.

Again, thanks for the help in choosing a good braking setup.

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Good morning guys! I need to hear some opinions on what brake pads are out there that will offer better stopping performance than stock OEM pads without breaking the bank so to speak. I will be using the stock rotors (after machining/resurfacing) but want something a little better than the OEM units. Also I would like to stick with pads that remain quiet and do not dust up the wheels too bad. Or are the OEM units best to stick with? I see brands such as Akebono and Centric mentioned on other Accord forums but have no knowledge of them.

Reason for asking is I took my Accord in to the dealership to get the coolant drained and refilled and they informed me my front brake pads were at 4mm and the rears at 2.5mm. I had the fronts replaced about 50k miles ago, but going to re-do front and rear this time of course (I know the service limit goes down to less than 2mm, but I can tell they're really diminished compared to other Accords with newer brakes). They quoted me ~$180 for the fronts and ~$160 for the rear including resurfacing the rotors. However I have a good family friend who runs his own shop that I trust my car with and will order the parts myself and have him install them for much cheaper than the "stealership" wants.

So if you don't mind, I'd love to hear your opinions on what would be a good brake pad setup to use, since there are only a million different pads out there to choose from haha. Thanks guys.
Consider Autozone. Seriously.

In March 2009 I replaced my front pads and rotors with Hawk HPS and Brembo blank rotors. They were toast in two years. They did performance very well, but dusted like crazy!

In March of 2011 I bought pads and rotors at Autozone. Duralast C-MAX ceramic pads and Duralast Gold rotors IIRC. The pads have a lifetime warranty and the rotors a 2 year warranty. The pads are better than stock and almost as good as the Hawk (plus they are low dust).

Come January of this year, I could tell the rotors were being to warp again. Called Autozone, bought replacements, changed the old ones out and took them back and got my money back. Nothing like free pads and rotors! Didn't give me any hassle or grief. Now I have a new 2 year warranty on the new rotors and a lifetime on the new pads. I won't have to pay for front brakes again.

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I bought the NAPA ultra premium rotors (with the black coating) to replace the original rotors at 100k miles. The Honda rotors were just way too expensive IMO, and don't have the coated hat and vanes. The Honda pads lasted 50k miles, don't make a lot of dust, stop better than my Chevy, and MOST importantly don't make a sound. So I decided to stick with the Honda pads. The ultra premium rotors from NAPA were about $45 for rears and $55 for the front rotors. I got the pads from an online Honda dealership for less than the local dealership. I know I could have paid less for rotors online, but if the rotors had a defect I would have to ship them back, and wait for replacements. There was a small chip on one of the NAPA rotors, but I returned it and got a replacement the next day. It would have taken much longer to get a replacement from an online seller.

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I like Brembo blanks (not drilled or slotted) rotors when I can get them. My second choice are the NAPA Ultra Premiums. They are relabeled Raybestos rotors with a lifetime warranty instead of two years and, last time I looked, were made in USA.

I've run Akebono ProAct Ceramic pads on five different Hondas now, with very good results. I don't see the lack of initial bite/lower cold friction others have commented on, but maybe I just don't notice. The Centric rotors and Duralast C-max pads and rotors get consistently good reviews here.

A few comments:

I agree with not turning the rotors, especially if you've had judder (vibration - what some call warped rotors.) I subscribe to the theory that judder is caused by uneven debris layer deposits, which are typically caused by a rotor getting cooked locally, changing the metal structure. Usually this happens when a cap is stopped with really hot pads. But some rotors are more vulnerable than others to a heat soak, which is why I say stick with rotors labeled with a brand that will stand behind them.

NAPA AdaptiveOne pads are junque. Stay away.

Changing brake fluid is a good idea and not too hard. Whether you do it or pay to have it done, be sure to check the manual, because the bleeding instructions are sometimes different for Accords (the order is "backwards" vs most other cars.)

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Shortly after buying my '03 three years ago, I did front and rear brakes. I bought Raybestos rotors and Hawk pads. The rear pads are still on the car and work great, as are the rotors. After a while I began to notice heavy brake dust on the front. Not to mention that the Hawk pads would get very "grabby" after any series of stop and go or heavy braking. The opposite of what you would expect, but you would literally be propelled forward when braking, even moderately, and the nose of the car would dive. I pulled the Hawks off of the front and installed Pep Boys ProStop Platinum pads (about a year ago) and haven't had either issue since.

On a side note, I purchased Centric pads and rotors all the way around for my 2006 Lexus IS350 (also about three years ago) and love them. They stop quickly, make no noise whatsoever and generate very little dust. Check before you buy. They offer great brands and prices are great. I buy from them quite frequently.
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Which brand/type of pads don't dust? I bought new pads and they dust my wheels super quick, like within 2 weeks they go from silver to dark grey...and I HATE it.
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I bought Wagner Thermoquiet Ceramic front pads from Advance Auto. They came with a rebate and limited lifetime warranty. Very good braking, quiet, with little or no dust and they LAST! Been on the same front pads since Nov, 2010 and lots of meat left on them. The warranty will allow me a new set when these wear out. Best deal I've seen around.

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Which brand/type of pads don't dust? I bought new pads and they dust my wheels super quick, like within 2 weeks they go from silver to dark grey...and I HATE it.
Ceramics dust little compared to organic/semi-metallic

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I ended up going with the Duralast Gold Cmax pads and their Gold rotors. The local Autozone had everything in stock yesterday so I went ahead with the purchase. I also picked up some spray on flat black caliper paint that I will use to paint the hoods, vanes, and backsides this weekend to prevent rust and have that nicer look. I'll then get my mechanic to install it all next week as well as flush/replace the brake fluid.

I figure I'll do like one or two of the posters earlier said about the rotors and pads...once it gets close to 2 years just buy new ones and install them, take the old ones in and get my money back and keep the warranty going.

Either way, I'm really looking forward to having new brakes on her again.
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ordered a set of these, ordered the tsx set since i have the v6-6speed brake upgrade. Heard alot of great reviews on Azine about these and for a very fair price.

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