I highly doubt GM recommends a set of Monroe pads over ACDelco. Do they meet the minimum standards for that application? Sure. Just as GM would much rather put a set of $50 pads that fit the specs on a car over a $150 set that would do a much better job. GM are all about the biggest profit out the door under a criteria. Make no mistake about that.
I've put cheap pads on my daily before. They didn't stop for **** and squealed something fierce. Went up two levels (neither were ceramic) and the car stopped far better and didn't make a peep.
I'm not saying ceramics are the end all pad but myself and others trust their life with them. I've been in a couple of situations where my brake setup has saved my ass. There are plenty of people suggesting them so how bad can they be?
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There are fifteen (15) posts in this thread. I wouldn't consider that "plenty," especially when not everyone is making the recommendation.
But you're also ignoring the fact that I mentioned that I've also used a hyrbid pad (Raybestos EHT1050 - alleged low dust like ceramics and performance of semi-metallics. Best one they make: https://www.brakepartsinc.com/raybes...t-search.html#
) and the ACDelco ceramics.
I am also running the stock brake lines, etc. None of those pads stopped like OEM and were quite unnerving during bumper-to-bumper traffic and especially when the rotor surfaces were wet.
My statement remains: This is not something I
would want to chance in the future just to keep my wheels clean in such a heavy and high performance vehicle.
Would I like OEM stopping performance and clean wheels? Absolutely. The Monroes were great at low dust, which is why I recommended them if one wanted really low dusting. However, the low dusting, in my opinion, isn't worth the extreme lack of stopping performance in much-needed situations. My expense (multiple rotors and pads) and experience is enough for me to come to that conclusion and I'm just putting that out there for others that may be on the fence.