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    Default What brake pads should i use? ATE? monroe? no name?

    I need to do the front brakes on my truck, i bought premium ATE rotors on sale $153 for the set. i am looking for suggestions on which shoes to use. the ATE shoes are on sale as well, but im worried about them squeaking if theyre too hard. im looking for a balance of quite and long lasting, more importantly QUIET!

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    I went to Autozone and got the carbon metallic ones that they had. They were the most expensive ones, but they are really quiet and do not put out a lot of brake dust at all.
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    I have over 80,000 miles on my original pads, so you should maybe consider OEM pads. No noise and no dust.

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    I usually just get a cretin grade for what im doing with the truck. I get hard pads most the time so they last and if i have to tow i got the extra stopping powah.

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    I have the SSBC Short stop system They use the Hawk pads.. They seem to stop the truck a lot better then stock did..
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    I changed pads about 1 year ago -after driving for a while with the pad backing-metal-on the rotors in places.

    Yes,I'm short of $$.
    A mechanic buddy said that the cheapest Autozone pads-$15.95- would actually give me the best stopping power.
    Well, he was right. They stop better than whatever was on before-something OEM equivalent that the PO had installed.
    The cheapo pads work well. I don't notice much dust.
    I'm guessing they wear more rapidly, but since they are cheap, who cares.
    Before my money problems I was considering those $135 EBC yellow pads with .6 friction oefficient (most claim .45 I think).

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    how much of a differance will the pads really make when trying to stop?

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    if you can find them performance frictions and Wagner thermo quiet are the only pads i put in my vehicles
    i know O'Reilly sells them

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