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Ceramic brakes - any downsides?

I'm wiping the brake dust off my wheels a couple of times a week so I'm thinking about ceramic pads. Are there any disadvantages to them? I drive very "enthusiastically", but I don't track my car.



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Yes in my experience they dont work as well if you are enthusiastic driver.
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I have no complaints. No dust compared to MB pads. You need to get the ceramic pads warmed up, a good hard stop and they grab that rotor after that. From what I have read, ceramic work well up to temps of 1200 degrees. Metallic pads will go past that temp. For every day driving and hard street driving you will be happy with the ceramic. The track forget it. I have no wear on my rotors and like the grip on that rotor when they are warmed up. Plus clean wheels. I can't see the ceramic not performing on the street.
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Hey Pepper, contact ‘ForMyMercedes.com’ for Porterfield R4-S Carbon/Kevlar pads.
They outperform OEM pads hot or cold, are friendly to the rotors and most importantly are extremely clean.
Yes, they are spendy!
If you can not find a listing for your car, contact them; Porterfield will make pads for any application.


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I've had good luck with Akebonos. Once they were bedded and hot I 'bout did a faceplant on the windshield.

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What do you guys mean by "get them hot"? When I pull out f the drive way, just using them or do I need to do something before I hit the streets/traffic?

I really can't stand cleaning my wheels 2x or 3x/week. The car is my daily driver.


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I would not recommend pads that need to maintain a elevated temperature to be effective.


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