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Old 05-17-2012, 06:11 PM   #1
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Time for new brakes:2007 ses sedan.

I'm at 64,000 miles and noticed the front rotors look pretty worn when changing my oil last week. I am very very happy with both the performance and service life that I got from the oem rotors and pads and would love to replace with oem but the price is killing me.

Can anyone recommend a good set of oem equivalent pads and rotors that will not break the bank?


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Old 05-18-2012, 07:24 AM   #2
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Bump.

How long have you gone on the factory brakes?
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did you try searching over here?
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/f...aysprune=&f=50

Lots of suggestions on rotor/pad combinations. Centric solid blanks should cost around $45 each and then pair it with some Hawks or something for another $80 (better than stock, should find cheaper ones too.) Search in the brakes section or PM our tirerack rep. You should be able to get some answers for the best oem replacement
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did you try searching over here?
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/f...aysprune=&f=50

Lots of suggestions on rotor/pad combinations. Centric solid blanks should cost around $45 each and then pair it with some Hawks or something for another $80 (better than stock, should find cheaper ones too.) Search in the brakes section or PM our tirerack rep. You should be able to get some answers for the best oem replacement
Thank you. There are so many subforums on this site. At least my post is in the right place now.

Hawks.. I'd assume those are pads. $80 is a lot for pads but I'll look into them.
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Old 05-18-2012, 10:46 AM   #5
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For a good stock/street replacement set consider the Centric, Brembo or NAPA Premium solid rotors. For a good street pad that should have good life, look at Centric Posi Quiet Semi Metallics or even the ceramics. Rock Auto Parts has decent prices on the Centric parts.
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Looked at those Hawks. They are semi metallic pads not ceramic. I really don't want to go semi metallic mainly for the fact that the brake dust rusts on the rims and puts horrible brown stains all over the front rims. With the ceramics the residue seems to be more of a black color and much easier to clean.

I feel like I should lose my man card for placing cosmetics in front of performance but it is what it is.

Also I really like the service life I got from the ceramic OEM pads. I'm at 64,000 miles and they are still good to go from an inspection standpoint. I'd bet I could go 75-80,000 on these if I really wanted too.

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Semi metallics do stop better than ceramics. The little bit of extra dust is the price you pay for better performance. Your choice, but it's a no brainer to me.
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Centric High Carbon Plain 125 Series Rotor $27! Great OE replacement.


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