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Am Changeing my brake rotors and pads all the way around. I like to use orielys auto for my parts. According to them the oem pads were ceramic on back and semi metallic on front. He said semi metallic has better stopping ability compared to ceramic. Should I stick with those up front or how would ceramic be? Also I need to replace my pinion seal, they have one for 5.00 and one for 22.00. What could be the difference?
 

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Am Changeing my brake rotors and pads all the way around. I like to use orielys auto for my parts. According to them the oem pads were ceramic on back and semi metallic on front. He said semi metallic has better stopping ability compared to ceramic. Should I stick with those up front or how would ceramic be? Also I need to replace my pinion seal, they have one for 5.00 and one for 22.00. What could be the difference?
I normally go OEM on brake pads and rotors-from the dealer. I don't always associate quality with cost, but I have never taken a short cut when it comes to braking or anything else that is vital to the car or to me possibly causing harm/hurt and staying alive. I hope I'm not reading your thread wrong.
 

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I have always used orielys auto for my parts I find they have good quality. And the oem semimetalic pads are cheaper than the ceramic for the front. I guess my question is will I lose alot of stopping power if I went with ceramic up front?
 

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IMO the ceramics are better except when cold. They last longer and can take more abuse and they don't make as much brake dust. I don't think you will lose stopping power by going ceramic.
 

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Assuming you have the stock non slotted rotors, the oem bimetallic and ceramic setup is absolutely the best. The reason is that the ceramic stops slightly better than bimetalic and will wear out slightly more, but the bimetalics in the rear are a little smaller so together they should last about the same. Also, most of your stopping power comes from the front. Not only because of the weight of the engine but because the weight of the car will shift forward. Now if your rear brakes had too much stopping power, you could end up skidding the rear well before the front in a hard breaking situation.
 
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