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Disc Italia Cermanic Brake Pads

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I'm starting to look for new fronts brakes as I'm about to pass the 30K mileage point. Anyone heard of disc italia brakes? I did a google search and found a lot of positive reviews with Chrysler people.

Any suggestions for ceramic pads? I'm not a fan of EBC as I have had bad experiences with them.

As for rotors, I'll probably go with the basic Centric Premium rotor. I wish Brembo made an OEM replacement for the cruze but they don't.
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Just my $0.02, ceramic pads on a car that wont see north of 160mph is a complete waste of your money, and I'm here to explain why.

Ceramic pads have less bite/braking power as non ceramic, which means that you will actually lose braking power compared to a decent quality non ceramic. The main function of ceramic pads is that they manage heat MUCH better than non-ceramic, which is why you see them on all the crazy top of the line sports cars, because when you're braking from high speeds you need brakes that wont fade.

Now, as for what pads you should buy, I HIGHLY recommend Hawk HP or HP Plus pads if you really use your brakes.
Just to clear up a bit about ceramics, its not that they "handle" heat better they dont bite the rotor untill a certain temperature. they more so silp on the face and dont do anything. thats why non ceramics are better for stopping unless like you said youre slowing down from a high speed.
also there is no brake fade with disc brakes. thats a drum brake thing. as a drum heats up its fades away from the brake lining and then loses braking force. a disc as it heats up expands and pushes into the pads actually increasing the brake force.
rotor material is very important and each has their place. I work for bendix and for those who dont know we manfacture an air disc brake. our rotors are about 17inches in diameter 1.75" thick. Depending on setup they will last a over the road truck about 1 million miles and we do condone turning the rotors becasue it takes away material which is out heat sink. the rotors cant absord anymore heat and then the brake becomes in-efficient. but drilled and slotted rotors do have an advantage becasue they can dissipate heat quicker becasue they have more surface area but less mass so they cant absord as much heat. I personally like the looks of drilled and slotted rotors and will prolly put a set on my car down the road
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