If you want the best performance from your brake system, use the same Toyota-brand pads that your vehicle came with (available at your dealer.) These were designed to offer the best overall performance (including wear.) Aftermarket pads may offer improved stopping performance at the expense of lining wear or vice versa but are unlikely to be an improvement over the OE pads.I came across a disclaimer that i MUST use Ceramic pads on the electric Rav4. I assume this means that I can't use Metallic? Does anybody know why this is?
Yes you may find an aftermarket product that is "better" than the OE product but it probably costs a lot more also. In terms of brake performance, tires are limiting factor in most cases. If you can lock the wheels (or activate ABS) with the OE brake system, then there's nothing you can do to the brake system to improve that performance. Unless you are racing and need better fade resistance, aftermarket parts aren't going to do much good.OE equipment isn't necessarily better than aftermarket!! Aftermarket has MUCH better equipment. Take a look at www.R1Concepts.com as example - their stuff is much better than OE in a lot of places because their engineers eat sleep and sh$t brakes - they are completely OCD when it comes to brakes, and they care less about bottom line and more about building the best braking system (as opposed to OE engineers who are often overwritten by upper management in order to max profit. At R1 Concepts, nobody overides the engineers because they are upper management.
I disagree. Aftermarket Parts are cheaper than parts from the dealer (for same quality). Period.Yes you may find an aftermarket product that is "better" than the OE product but it probably costs a lot more also....Unless you are racing and need better fade resistance, aftermarket parts aren't going to do much good.
Exactly! The OEM pads were engineered for the vehicle by the vehicle manufacturer's engineer. Anything from the aftermarket (unless the aftermarket supplier is also the OEM supplier), is a "best guess." They make work just as well but there's no guarantee.i like aftermarket products too, at least the good ones. but i use OEM brake parts on my Ravvy. why? it is proven! nope, they are not expensive!
Just a bit rude, eh? Okay, OLD PEOPLE hits home, whippersnapper! But OEM parts don't have to come from the dealer, can beat their prices on this new-fangled invention called the intro-net or some such, let me check my reading glasses. Oh, it's the internet.For example, if you drive a lot, you would never put OE pads on your vehicle; you would put heavy duty or super duty pads on so they last longer and you spend less on installation.
Dealers have a niche. They HAVE to be more expensive because they serve a particular segment of the society: those that don't do research on car parts: women and old people.