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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-21-2016, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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I need to get new pads and rotors for my car and am just wondering if anyone has any good or bad things to say about the various brands I find at Autozone, Advance Auto, O'Reilly, etc.

Is there a big difference between them? Is there a certain brand or type to stay away from?

This is just for a daily driver vehicle so I don't know that it really matters a ton but I saw some bad reviews on certain ones and no reviews on most others.

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Well, OEM is ACDelco, and they seem to work pretty well. I went ahead and switched to Hawk HPS pads and Raybestos rotors just like @MP81 . No complaints other than more brake dust than stock.


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Well, OEM is ACDelco, and they seem to work pretty well. I went ahead and switched to Hawk HPS pads and Raybestos rotors just like @MP81 . No complaints other than more brake dust than stock.
See, I get less brake dust than stock.

Black wheels help there too - you don't see the dust.

For rotors, Raybestos' are solid. Delcos are great, too, since they're OEM. You really won't go wrong if you went with a full Delco setup - I did just that on the in-laws Equinox, as well as my buddy's Cobalt.

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Yeah, I don't know what it is, but it's like my brakes are off an Aston Martin Vantage as far as brake dust goes. Stopping power, ehhh, not so much


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Yeah, the HPS Pads are a nice upgrade - but the big issue is the size. The front rotors on my Cavalier are larger.

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What? Geez, Chevy.
I wanna know why there's not an aftermarket big brake kit for the base model Cobalts that work for the 4 and 5 lug hubs.


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SSBC has kits that work for both 4 and 5 lug cars. The rear kits convert from drums.

TCE Performance has a Wilwood setup for SS's - but should also work on a rear-disc 5-lug base car. http://www.tceperformanceproducts.co...cobalt/kits-6/

I'm still deciding which route I want to take - the TCE performance kit should bolt in up front (since the knuckle and caliper brackets are the same between base and SS cars, and the Wilwood rotors have interchangeable hats). Out back is another thing entirely. If I can replicate factory caliper mounting, it should work.

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I totally never came across that when I was researching. It's more than I'm gonna spend, but I'm glad it's actually available!


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