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Old 08-02-2014, 05:52 PM   #1
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Just curious who has replaced the original Z51 set up with oem or aftermarket rotors & pads,if replaced with aftermarket parts do you have an regrets ?
Fwiw my car is 05 46k with Z51 options,also never autocross my car or driven on a 1/4 or 1/8 mile tracks.
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I replaced my pads last year with ceramics by Akebono on my Z51.....No to Low brake dust and no dreaded brake squeal.
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I replaced my pads last year with ceramics by Akebono on my Z51.....No to Low brake dust and no dreaded brake squeal.
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What type of condition were the rotors in..uneven wear or gouging,and how many miles did you have before you replaced them..I guess mileage would be irrelevant if you tracked or raced the car.
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Just curious who has replaced the original Z51 set up with oem or aftermarket rotors & pads,if replaced with aftermarket parts do you have an regrets ?
Fwiw my car is 05 46k with Z51 options,also never autocross my car or driven on a 1/4 or 1/8 mile tracks.
Unless you like the bling, base brakes will work just fine. Autozone/O'Reilly's, etc pads are OK for general street use. Go with ceramics if the dust bothers you.
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AC Delco Ceramics.. all four corners for under $100 on popular shopping sites. Best street pads IMO.... Your rotors are probably fine, but just buy OEM unless you want to upgrade performance or appearance. I use DBA T4 Club Spec as an "affordable" upgrade for my dual use car.. I hit the track about 6-8 times per season. Go through front rotors once a season.. Rears are good for two years at least... I use Carbotech track pads for track days (XP12 AND XP10).. You wouldn't want to use this type pad on the street.. WAY too much noise and dust, but boy do they bite when threshold breaking at the track.
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What type of condition were the rotors in..uneven wear or gouging,and how many miles did you have before you replaced them..I guess mileage would be irrelevant if you tracked or raced the car.
My rotors were still in good condition. I was just getting tired of all the brake dust from the original pads on the rims. All is good now with the Akebonos



If you do decide to go with them:

Here are the part number(s) for front and rears: Akebono ACT731 ProACT Ultra-Premium Ceramic Brake Pad Set & Akebono ACT732 ProACT Ultra-Premium Ceramic Brake Pad Set

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I went cheap and "no ragrets"

AC Delco Ceramic Brake pads GM P/N fronts-88909667 Rears- 88909668

Brakeperformance,com Drilled rotors: Front: #DB-62086 Rear:#DB-62096
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