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    I've gotta say, I used to go with Wagner / Advance's in-house brands, whichever was on special.
    I would get the standard rotors / drums with Cermaic pads and shoes, religiously.

    I asked a mechanic friend what he thought about slotted rotors, because I wanted brakes that could handle more heat because I always seemed to roast the econo-specials with hard driving.

    He laughed when he heard I was using Wagner / in house and told me to get some Raybestos equipment.
    I was skeptical, but this guy knows his sh*t, so I went ahead and ordered a full set of Raybestos "Heavy Duty" everything for my Century from Rockauto.com

    That's Rotors, pads, drums and shoes.

    Before, my Century could NOT lock the wheels even if all 250lbs of me stood on the pedal, and the parking brake was a joke.

    Those Raybestos brakes kick ass, major, MAJOR improvement in STOPPAN' POWA.
    The parking brake will also easily lock the rear wheels resulting in some FWD ass-dragging if you're not careful, lol.

    That said, I'll deal with the extra brake dust the Raybestos semi-metallic pads throw over the Ceramics for the drastic improvement in braking.

    Plus, from RockAuto, an entire set of brakes ran about $250-270 with shipping, which kicks the crap out of Advance's pricing!
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    I use wagner but not the cheapest ones... I have also used Bendix Titanium... Rebestos is good stuff... You get what you pay for...

    I bought Bendix Rotors( when they were USA Made ) for my 95 Bonneville, Bought the Bendix Titanium Pads.... The set up has been on the car for almost 5 years... The pads are half worn Rotors are still in great shape... At the time these were the most expensive Bendix parts I could get... To this day I don't have much of anything for brake fade on a long drive.... Its nice when you can come to stop on command without trying to bend the brake pedal....lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jr's3800 View Post
    I use Wagner brakes but not the cheapest ones... I have also used Bendix Titanium... Rebestos is good stuff... You get what you pay for...

    I bought Bendix Rotors( when they were USA Made ) for my 95 Bonneville, Bought the Bendix Titanium Pads.... The set up has been on the car for almost 5 years... The pads are half worn Rotors are still in great shape... At the time these were the most expensive Bendix parts I could get... To this day I don't have much of anything for brake fade on a long drive.... Its nice when you can come to stop on command without trying to bend the brake pedal....lol
    Bunch of my cars have Wagners, nice pads... no noise, no dust, etc. You should be flushing the system every spring! really great brand!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lackneramanda View Post
    Bunch of my cars have Wagners, nice pads... no noise, no dust, etc. You should be flushing the system every spring! really great brand!
    Since the passing of EIS many years ago, Wagner is the gold standard for me. They stop well, and are quiet. I always run semi-metallics though.

    I have put Raybestos on probation for poor customer service for that ball-joint fiasco last year.

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