Hey Folks -
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.
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.
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 -