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Old 08-12-2017, 12:29 AM   #1
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Need new brakes, upgrade-yes or no

Just had my first B1 service. My rear brakes are almost dead according to dealer. Instead of paying the 300$ to replace them with OEM I'm thinking about just doing all brakes with cross drilled slotted
rotors and pads.

But I'm not sure if I should so I'm looking for advice from you guys on stay with OEM or upgrade? Also, if I upgrade, do I have to do the brake lines as well?

The brakes I am considering are here.
But by all means any other brands/models of brakes are welcome too.

Apologies in advance if this is somewhere else but my search didn't find the info I am looking for...
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I'd say stick with the OEM rotors/pads. Somehow the aren't as bad as typical Honda rotors and pads that use to be horrible a decade ago. BUT, change to stainless steel brake lines, front and back. I changed 2 summers ago to the ones sold by XLR8 (vendor in the forum) and after 2 hard Canadian winters they are holding up just fine. Braking doesn't improve, but the feel of the brake paddle is so much more firm and easy to read than the OEM ones after a few thousand miles. Now if you decide to go with aftermarket rotors, or even the OEM ones, put some effort to paint the hubs with some anti rust stray and a coat or two of paint on top of it, the hub part tends to rust. Have fun, safety first.
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I had these on my list a few months ago for my 09TL. Prices may have changed a bit. A StopTech or Rotora kit would be nice upgrade but in another 50k miles or whatever it'll be more $ to replace the pads etc. Drilled/slotted are nice but I'm not racing around a track. For everyday use was thinking these would be good. Think Akebono is OEM.

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Just had my first B1 service. My rear brakes are almost dead according to dealer. Instead of paying the 300$ to replace them with OEM I'm thinking about just doing all brakes with cross drilled slotted
rotors and pads.

But I'm not sure if I should so I'm looking for advice from you guys on stay with OEM or upgrade? Also, if I upgrade, do I have to do the brake lines as well?

The brakes I am considering are here.
But by all means any other brands/models of brakes are welcome too.

Apologies in advance if this is somewhere else but my search didn't find the info I am looking for...
The thing about cross-drilled and slotted rotors is for normal every-day usage, those types of rotors, while maybe cool looking, are actually a downgrade in performance.
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Old 08-12-2017, 05:46 PM   #5
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Thank you guys. So sticking with OEM sounds like the way to go. I appreciate everyone's response.
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One last thing, does anyone have a trustworthy website to buy OEM pads?
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One last thing, does anyone have a trustworthy website to buy OEM pads?
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I am running for almost one year the same exact set up that atomlinks listed and I am very pleased. Centric makes great products and the Akebono brake pads leave minimal dust unlike the OEM pads, believe me your rims will stay clean longer. You will probably find them a bit cheaper in rockauto.
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Yeah, Akebono pads are good. Duralast Gold from Autozone have been pretty good to me as well. The Akebono don't dirty up my wheels as much though.
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as for me regardless of what car i drive, brand new or used, first thing i change is pads/rotors.

Centric & Akebono, had them on my s2000, 2014 mdx, 2007 acura tl type s, 2006 g35. BEST COMBO!
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Centric is an OE manufacturing company as well!

They do tons of research and development, and have earned full ISO/TS Quality Management System certification for the design and manufacturing of brake systems and components. This allows them to supply OEM assembly plants directly.

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I'd say stick with the OEM rotors/pads. Somehow the aren't as bad as typical Honda rotors and pads that use to be horrible a decade ago. BUT, change to stainless steel brake lines, front and back. I changed 2 summers ago to the ones sold by XLR8 (vendor in the forum) and after 2 hard Canadian winters they are holding up just fine. Braking doesn't improve, but the feel of the brake paddle is so much more firm and easy to read than the OEM ones after a few thousand miles. Now if you decide to go with aftermarket rotors, or even the OEM ones, put some effort to paint the hubs with some anti rust stray and a coat or two of paint on top of it, the hub part tends to rust. Have fun, safety first.
Glad to hear you're liking the lines! If you want to improve braking you'll need to change the pads, or fluid. If you really want to see a performance increase out of the rotor you'll need to increase the size of it so it can hold more heat (so that pretty much means stepping up to a BBK). However, the lines are a great way to improve pedal feel and constancy just like you mentioned! The little review is much appreciated.
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