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Best brand brake pads for 03'- 4.0L

would preferer ceramic to minimize the brake dust. any recommendations?
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just get motorcraft...thats what i put on mine...brakes are nice and quiet now...make sure you turn your rotors too
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I agree, motorcraft for the most part makes the best replacement parts and brake pads are no exception IMO.
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Posi-quiets
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Thermo-quiets...lifetime warranty. Last a long time. Just take your old ones back to the autoparts store you bought them from and they just switch them out.
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and IMO ceramics arent all theyre cracked up to be
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I run adaptive one pads from napa. $143 for the fronts, and MY GOD they stop fast. only brake pad ive run that chirps my 33's (dry pavement) when i stand on it. and my stopping distance from 80kmh dropped huge.

best pad if you ask me.

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and IMO ceramics arent all theyre cracked up to be
really? I just care about the brake dust.
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Ceramics take more pedal pressure for the same stopping distance.

There are cleaners for removing brake dust without scrubbing.
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There are cleaners for removing brake dust without scrubbing.
True, but, try washing every now and again.....even tho I support the natural truck washes (rain), sometimes a quick wash/rinse will help...

Water and carwash soap is a hell of a lot cheaper than high-end brake pads that are supposed to reduce dust, IMO.
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Wagner Thermo-Quites are a nice pad i have them on the front but they are very hard on your rotors and make a ton of noise. I'll be changing them shortly for some motor craft pads
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really? I just care about the brake dust.
just clean the wheels...problem solved
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Wagner Thermo-Quites are a nice pad i have them on the front but they are very hard on your rotors and make a ton of noise. I'll be changing them shortly for some motor craft pads
x2. i just put those on my fronts and there starting to squeel. annoyyinnnggg
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just get motorcraft...thats what i put on mine...brakes are nice and quiet now...make sure you turn your rotors too
what do you mean turn the rotors?
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machine them...has to be done when you replace the pads so you dont groove the new pads
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turn them around so that the pad is rubbing on the opposite face. that way they wear evenly on both sides.
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I have an 02 with the smaller rotors. I originally had marginal brake performance when towing and sometimes without towing. Originally I switched to Raybestos Super Stop pads to improve brake performance. They worked excellent but did still have some brake dust.

About 15,000 miles ago I needed new pads and found Raybestos stopped making the Super Stop pads. I heard about a high performance brand called Akebono which are ceramic. I decided to try them. They have just as good brake performance as the Super Stop pads and they generate very little brake dust. After running them for 15,000 miles I see no excessive wear on the rotors and the pads are wearing well also. There is no noise coming from them and pedal pressure is not high. In fact I sometime have to take care not to apply too much pressure on the pedal.

Akebono pads are not cheap but I don't consider them outrageous either. I bought mine at RockAuto.com.
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ok so I guess I'm going with the Motorcraft pads. BUT... on the rock auto website there are 2 kinds....
"Part # BR11438....{#1U2Z2V001AA}Standard Premium - Integrally Molded D833; Front" - 39.95
& there are these for 79.95MOTORCRAFT Part # BRF1399.....Standard Premium, OE Design

anybody have installed either one of these? is it even worth the $35 extra for the 2nd option?
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I've been running Centric Posi-Quiet Ceramics for a few years now and I've been VERY satisfied with their performance slowing down heavy 35" tires. Had Centric Posi-Quiet Semi-Metallics before and that's why I was chose their Ceramics. I'd still be running the Semi-Met's if it weren't for a bearing failure taking out a rotor and pair of pads. No dust at all. Very quiet. I'm also running their Posi-Quiet Semi-Met pads on my Explorer rear discs.

CENTRIC Part # 10508330. Posi-Quiet Ceramic w/Shims. $34.79 from RockAuto.


I've ran Hawk HPS pads before and they were loud and very dusty.






With how often you do brakes, why spend nearly double the price for a Motorcraft part??? You're buying a name in my opinion...
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