Originally Posted by Beckwith
I should have probably said I was in the market for the pads only. I have gotten the formula down to cleaning the rims as after a coat of chemical guys wheel glaze and repeated coats of spray wax I am down to soap and water. Was trying to get a feel for how different the car would be if I used ceramics or OEM if at all. I had heard they were less repsonsive, especially when cold.
Originally Posted by A Y
Some are better than others. Generally, the more expensive ones (eg. Cool Carbons) are better than the cheap ones (eg. Akebonos). YMMV. I'd stick with OEMs.
When I was romping my CTS-V a few years back with massive four corner brembos (corner braking was as much fun as accelerating out) I switched to Hawk Performance pads (http://www.hawkperformance.com/
) primarily for dust reasons and never looked back. Feel and performance were comparable to OEM with - no joke - 20% or less the dust of the OEMs. That, plus I found a wheel cleaner with teflon in it (that's what it screamed on the label) and that seemed to help bleed off dust as well.
YMMV and there may be better products out there since, but those two items worked wonders for me.