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When your car or truck was designed, the brake pad friction compound was formulated for an “average” driver operating the vehicle under “normal” driving conditions. If you’re a performance enthusiast you’re certainly not average, and if you’ve hot-rodded your car or beefed up your truck you may have found that those brake pads don’t cut it for the way you use your vehicle. If you’re in need of more stopping power, check out the brake pad selection on this page.

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Original equipment brake pads are generally fine for cruising, commuting, and running errands around town, but not up to the demands of spirited performance driving on twisty roads, or towing and hauling heavy loads. This type of use generates a lot of heat created by the friction needed to slow and stop a vehicle at speed or a heavily laden vehicle, and this can cause OE pads to overheat and fade, with subsequent longer stopping distances.

Our performance brake pads were formulated to meet the needs of driving enthusiasts and hard-working truck owners. We offer a wide variety of friction compounds created by the industry’s foremost brake pad manufacturers, so you can get the pads that best suit your application and budget. These proprietary formulations include ceramics, low metallics, semi-metallics, and compounds that may also include ingredients like aramid fibers, carbon fiber and Kevlar. Each pad set has been developed to deliver a particular blend of attributes.

We offer performance brake pads that are also low dusting, so you can enjoy the gleam from your custom wheels longer between washing. Some performance pads can provide good bite at high temperatures, but at the expense of accelerated rotor wear. We have pads that are gentle on rotors, yet provide excellent stopping power. Performance pads that work well at high temperatures may not provide much friction when the pads are cold. With our selection you can find pads that work well over a wide temperature range.

In addition to the above, most of our performance brake pads are chamfered to aid in bedding and to prevent noise and slotted to allow for expansion. Many pads are scorched or have surface coatings to ensure quick and effective pad break-in. New hardware like shims, clips and springs are critical to proper pad fitment and function, and noise-free operation. Many of our performance brake pads come with these important components, but we also have an extensive hardware selection, so you can complete the job and get the best performance possible from your purchase.

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  • Performance Parts
    Disc brakes have been the most common setup on modern vehicles for decades, with just about 100% of today's vehicles using them in the front, and many cars and trucks also equipping the rear with disc brakes. The brake pads are the wear items which will need attention sooner or later; there will be wide variations in brake pad life depending on the vehicle, driver, driving style, etc., but rough estimates are that front pads will need attention every 15,000-30,000 miles, with rear disc pads lasting 50,000-100,000 miles.
  • Performance Parts
    The brake pads which were installed on your car or truck when it was new are "fine" - fine for the average Joe who is driving an unmodified vehicle. But YOU, the auto enthusiast, you know better. You have made various drivetrain mods, or have converted your truck into a towing rig. You've added bigger wheels and tires and now want brakes which won't leave such a mess on the shiny rims. You recognize that you need to improve the "stop" to accompany the "go". The first, and easiest, item to move up to is a set of performance brake pads.
  • Performance Parts
    Whether you're looking to replace worn brake pads and rotors or delving into more detailed brake repairs or upgrades that involve new calipers, proportioning valves, master cylinders, vacuum boosters, and more, you will come across a lot of different terminology when it comes to brake components. Depending on your knowledge and experience, a lot of these terms may be elementary. However, because many of them use similar words but represent completely different things, we've created this glossary to help you understand exactly what you need, and what you don't.
  • Performance Parts
    In this article, we’ll introduce you to the specific tools designed to be used when replacing brake components and servicing your brake system. Having the right tools BEFORE you start working on your vehicle makes these types of jobs quick, easy, and doable for the home mechanic. It also prevents having to put things back together before the job is finished because a tool needs to be purchased. Owning the right tools and doing the job yourself will save you hundreds of dollars by sparing you a visit to the repair shop – and much more over the course of a lifetime of brake work.
  • Performance Parts
    Disc brake rotors (aka 'rotors') are the actual discs that brake pads clamp onto, creating friction that slows a vehicle. Disc brake rotors bolt on over the axle hub and contain holes that allow wheel mounting bolts to pass through and rotate with the wheels. Since there are many rotor styles and designs specially created for every budget and need, we’ve listed the advantages of each disc brake rotor so that you can make the right choice and get the best for your vehicle. All rotors, except ceramic brake rotors and two-piece rotors with aluminum centers, are typically one piece and crafted from iron for maximum heat absorption.
  • Performance Parts
    Squealing noise upon brake application is actually caused by a high-frequency vibration of metal rotors, drums, or brake pad backing plates. Excess corrosion that forms over time on non-contact, outer perimeter areas of rotors and drums is a prime cause because rust is looser and less dense in nature – therefore, more likely to create resonation.
  • Performance Parts
    If you've had to replace brake pads or rotors on modern vehicles, you know how expensive the parts and labor can be. Because extending your brake pad life puts real money back into your pocket, we offer some tips for those who are interested in doing just that. While it's a general rule that brake pads designed with aggressive grip levels and performance driving will result in faster wear, the following suggestions will help you extend your brake life significantly no matter what type of brakes you have on your vehicle.

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5 of 5
2012 Chevy Camaro / Posted by Elliott (Budd Lake, NJ) /

These brake pads are to replace the factory pads that are noisy and create a lot of brake dust. The auto manufacturer changed the rear brakes between 2014 and 2015, but CARiD had the 2014 rear parts listed for the 2015 model. The return process was a little painful but, finally, successful and the right parts were delivered. They fit perfectly and work as advertised. I must say I was a little disappointed in the replacement process but I will buy from CARiD again as they did come through in the end.

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