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Semi Metallic / Ceramic Brake Pads

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016-2023)' started by cryptolime, Aug 31, 2023.

  1. Aug 31, 2023 at 7:36 AM
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    cryptolime

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    Anyone know? I like the performance of the OEM pads so I'd like the same compound without the OEM price.
     
  2. Aug 31, 2023 at 8:34 AM
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    i found an old thread stating they are semi-metallic, and also another thread stating they are ceramic... :rolleyes::facepalm:they both seemed very sure of themselves, of course
     
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  3. Aug 31, 2023 at 11:00 AM
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    You probably won’t get a definitive answer from Toyota but I think they are semi-metallic because of how much dust they make.
    Did you try an online Toyota parts dealer? Usually they sell at wholesale to the public.
     
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    They have been ceramic pads. Actually been told that most pads used now a combination of ceramic semi metallic.
     
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    I have yet to find an aftermarket pad that performs as well as OE Toyota for everyday driving. The lack of dust from Toyota pads is pretty amazing. I have bought NAPA premium ceramic and Autozone premium ceramic in the past for other Toyotas. I just buy OE now. Just paid $104 for new Tacoma front pads last week. Expensive, yes. But, I think they are worth it.
     
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    Most vehicle that are driven non commercially are ceramic pads. Ceramic pads are quieter and do not last as long as semi metallic and also make more brake dust.
     
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    reason i ask is because i was buying caliper grease for the infamous brake pad clanking noise. they have a normal and ceramic version. i just bought the normal stuff.
     
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    This goes against everything I was taught about ceramic pads...:confused:
     
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    In my experience the semi-metallic pads stop much better at all temperatures but I’m curious to try a set of the ceramic/metallic “hybrid” pads.
    I’m getting sick of cleaning my wheels.
     
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    I had police package pads on my Buick Regal DD lol...it stopped like a MFer but I'd be damned if it didn't sound like an old bus everytime I hit the breaks lmao.
     
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    I’ve used a lot of semi-metallic pads but the ones from R1 Concepts were the quietest and least dusty. Great pedal feel, strong stops but I didn’t get a lot of miles from them. At least they are very inexpensive.
     
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    i've had issues with ceramic pads in the past. maybe they've gotten better. they really ate my rotors up and faded easily.
     
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    I have been using the Raybestos Element 3 for years and I have been very happy with them. Per the Raybestos web site, the pads combine the best attributes of both ceramic and semi-metallic pads. My previous vehicle was a Jeep Wrangler with oversized tires and I had these pads on it. They lasted a very long time and I found the stopping power was improved over the stock pads. They also do not produce much brake dust. I installed these Raybestos pads on my truck just this past week. The price is $41 too compared to $70 for Toyota pads.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00J6F92GI?ie=UTF8&th=1
     
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    Toyota offers semi metallic OEM factory pads and ceramic "value" pads at the dealer.

    The ceramic value pads are available aftermarket under Advics P/N AD0976, which is what I run. Advics is the OEM supplier for the whole brake system. (The parent company Aisin is ~10% owned by Toyota.)
     
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    i think i'll go with semi-metallic
     
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    Same here. The toyota pads just work better all around.
     
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    I think the toyota pads might be a combination of ceramic, and semi metallic....at least what I've currently heard from a toyota tech.
     

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