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00-05 Impala Brake Pads

 
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 7:41 pm    Post subject:  00-05 Impala Brake Pads Reply with quote

Hey guys.. I am needing to replace the pads on the Impala on the front anyway currently. I do not remember what brake pads I have on the front currently It might be Hawk but I am not sure. The rotors are R1 Concepts. I do not really want any noise, should I go with Ceramic, Semi Metallic? Which would you guys recommend to achieve quiet braking? I probably should pull the ones off I have right now and see what those are, they seem to be working well currently but need replacement.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:15 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I would go with ceramics. I believe the OE is semi-metallic. I used to have Hawk HPS pads on all 4 corners on my 2001 and they dusted a bit and made noise at times during light braking.

I have had Akebono Pro-ACT ceramics on my fronts for about five years now and they work pretty well. I think the Hawk pads grabbed a little better but the Akebonos have lasted me a loooong time with no noticeable dusting.

I have the Centric Fleet (semi-metallic) pads from R1Concepts on the rear right now and they dust like CRAZY. Next time I replace them I will probably go with the R1 Ceramics and see how they do.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:43 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Ceramics are the way to go. I only use ceramics for replacing peoples break pads. I really love the way they grip right away, unlike semi-metallic that needs to heat up first to get that good bite on the rotors. Any brand should be fine!

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2013 11:31 am    Post subject:  Re: 00-05 Impala Brake Pads Reply with quote

amoffitt wrote:
Hey guys.. I am needing to replace the pads on the Impala on the front anyway currently. I do not remember what brake pads I have on the front currently It might be Hawk but I am not sure. The rotors are R1 Concepts. I do not really want any noise, should I go with Ceramic, Semi Metallic? Which would you guys recommend to achieve quiet braking? I probably should pull the ones off I have right now and see what those are, they seem to be working well currently but need replacement.


akebono street performance. best pads i have had the pleasure of forgetting about. No noise. they stop harder than regular pads. overall, very great. going on my third year with them and the bosche quiestcast rotors (lifetime warranty) and not a peep.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:18 pm    Post subject: Great !  Reply with quote

Akebono x2

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:01 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Ceramics are less dusty and have less fade but need to have some heat in them to perform their best.

Semi-metallics have better initial bite for road cars where you're not concerned about brake temps, but suffer more fade and are dustier.

Unless you're looking for heavy braking capabilities, either one will be fine. You'll likely never see hard, repeated braking that would case fade in metallics or highest performance in the ceramics. I'd opt for ceramics just because they're less dusty.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 9:26 pm    Post subject:  Re: 00-05 Impala Brake Pads Reply with quote

amoffitt wrote:
Hey guys.. I am needing to replace the pads on the Impala on the front anyway currently. I do not remember what brake pads I have on the front currently It might be Hawk but I am not sure. The rotors are R1 Concepts. I do not really want any noise, should I go with Ceramic, Semi Metallic? Which would you guys recommend to achieve quiet braking? I probably should pull the ones off I have right now and see what those are, they seem to be working well currently but need replacement.
I used ACdelco durastop professional series pads Ceramic type
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 7:47 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Has anyone tried the "Power Stop" ceramic pads by chance?
I'm looking at (researching heavily, still have Qs to ask here though) doing the F-body front upgrade kit and ZZP has the option of using these 'Power Stop' ceramic pads for only $30 more. I was initially thinking Hawk ceramic, but ZZP only lists the HPS versions, so I'd have to get those somewhere else.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 1:05 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I used them once, I bought them off eBay. They did a good job and had good life span.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 1:37 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Thanks for the reply. Glad I found someone who's tried them at least. Kind of hard to beat 30-bucks for ceramic pads, was just hoping they weren't horrible pads or something.

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