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Old 06-07-2012, 02:14 PM
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Default Quick review - EBC Green Stuff Brake Pads

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I use this board a lot to read about other experiences with certain parts and what not, so I thought I'd post a very brief review here of the EBC Green Stuff Brake Pads I just installed (fronts) on my 2010 Ram CC 5.7.

Notes: I did not replace the front rotors as they seemed to me to be in perfect condition, with no visible issues, high spots, grooves, etc. Also, I have now accumulated 2k miles on the new EBC pads, after replacing the stockers at 60k miles. The total brake job took me about an hour, and that was mostly a result of just taking my time. I also used some of that anti-noise coating on the rear surface of the pads wherever I saw metal-to-metal contact. Overall, one of the easier vehicles to change brake pads on in my experience.

Pros:
1. Excellent stopping power - noticeably improved from the stock pads. I always felt that the truck didn't stop as well as it should with the stock setup, but after installing these EBC Green Stuff pads, I can tell you that the stopping distances are down a lot, and I also noticed that there's less brake fade as well. I'm definitely liking the stopping power a lot. Very smooth as well. Also, the pads state that they are organic (I usually run ceramic on my vehicles, so not sure what "organic" is), but I can say that the stopping power is there even when the pads are cold, unlike the ceramics I run on other vehicles. Also, I've had occasion to have a few panic stops in the time I've had these pads on (one particular incident comes to mind where I ended up coming to a stop from 75MPH, inches from a deer that didn't seem to care that I was heading directly toward him), and that's where I can definitely see the improvement in stopping power.

2. Break-in coating - while it makes for a noisy break-in period, I feel that the break-in coating that comes on the pads does the job as advertised and prevented glazing, and helped seat the new pads better.

3. No noise - once broken in, these pads are as quiet as can be.

4. No fade - as I mentioned earlier, these pads seem to have consistently great stopping power, no matter how hot they get.


Cons:
1. LOTS of brake dust: Much more than the stock pads, and it accumulates fast. Not something I'm crazy about, or is it something I'm used to as ceramics tend to be mostly dust-free, but all in all, I'm ok with the brake dust given the extra stopping power these pads provide.

2. Fitment: It seems like they go a little heavy with the powdercoating on these pads, as they were a tight fit in the slots, but overall, with a little gentle coaxing, nothing major to complain about.

3. Cost: EBC pads aren't cheap, and I'm not sure they're worth 100% of the asking price, but I'd say that if they prove to last almost as long as the stock pads, then I'll be ok with having paid a premium given the extra stopping power. I went with the Green Stuff pads which are around $70-80 a set shipped to your door.

4. Long, noisy break-in period: These pads are noisy for about the first 500 miles or so - after that the noise went away and now they're as quiet as can be. I believe EBC stipulates that the break-in period is about 1000 miles. I drive a LOT, so the break-in period really isn't long for me (a few days), but for most, I could see that putting up with the noise for that many miles might become irritating.

Overall, if you want vastly-improved stopping power (as I did) for your RAM, and can put up with more brake dust and a slightly lighter wallet, I'd say try the EBC Green Stuff pads. Only time will tell about their life expectancy, but based on my experience with them thus far, I can definitely recommend them.

Hope this info helps -
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Thanks man!

Forgot to add - so, I got 60k out of my front pads, and they still had a little life left on them, but I didn't want to run them down to the point where I sacrificed the rotors, so I changed them.

Question for the forum - has anybody with a 2010 gone through REAR pads yet? I'm looking at mine and the way they look, they could probably go 80k miles..... I'm not used to long life on my pads - my last 300 went through them like people change underwear.
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I run them in my bike but if they produce a lot of brake dust then no go for the truck. I'm suprised by my stock pads and no brake dust.
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Thanks for the review. The stopping power of the stock break pads has been really frustrating me.
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Figured I'd update this thread, as I've had some more time to live with these pads.

I think I'll have to rein in my recommendation a little, based on two factors alone:

1. Brake dust - as I mentioned above, it's pretty bad, and I think I've grown tired of the wheels now looking gray with brake dust after just a few miles.

2. Great stopping power, but I feel like these brakes are going to be harder on my rotors and, overall, don't seem as smooth under hard braking. I think I probably should have replaced my rotors at the same time I did the pads, but the rotors were in fine shape. At any rate, I get the feeling that the pads and the compound are going to take a toll on the rotors.

Another board member posted some feedback on these pads today and it reminded me to go back and update my review a little.

Overall, I'd recommend these pads for stopping power alone, but the dust issue is just a problem for me.
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