Originally Posted by pittim
Good point, stopping is overrated.
until you might need to actually stop, that is.
if upgrading your brakes can give you 5, 10 or 15 feet shorter stopping distances (as can also be the case with tire choice), is it worth it, or necessary, to spend the extra $? who can say? you may never need to find out. but surely there are instances when those distances could have avoided an accident, or possibly even saved a life.
oem equipment (like brakes) is a compromise by the manufacturer. price vs. performance is certainly one consideration. thinking that replacing with oem is the best solution may or may not be the right choice for you.
for example, have you ever gone down a really steep mountain grade and had your stock brakes cook, and thus not be able to stop, or at least suffered degradation of your stopping power? at that point, what would you pay to have an instant upgrade to performance pads and rotors that would either not fail or would maintain significant stopping power?
again, you may or may not ever find yourself in that situation. some people are willing to pay to never have to worry about having to find themselves in that situation. and some people are not. personal choice really.