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Best brakes for less dust?

I need new brakes soon and i'm tired of my wheels turning black in less than a week, so does anyone know what kind of brakes (ceramic, metallic, etc..) will create the least dust? And what would be the disadvantage of these brakes? Thank you guys!
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Organic pads create a LOT of brake dust. Semi-metallic brakes create more dust than the ceramic pads. Additionally, from what I have found out, ceramic brakes tend to be quieter. It is hard to say how long they last though based on varying driving conditions.


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I'd go OEM Motorcraft, as those pads are designed to work on that car. You're not gonna find any brake pads that don't produce brake dust, as they ALL will. If you're that desperate to not see brake dust, I'd use a brake dust shield, which is a metal plate with your lug pattern that slips over the lug nuts and sits behind the wheel

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I personally would recommend Wagner Thermoquet ceramic (the part name for all G3 and G4 Tauri with 11.6 rotors is QC598). These come with FG friction rating. These brakes have impressive stopping power, when either cold or hot, and very little dust.

In general, do not judge the brakes by their composition. It's very difficult to predict brake performance from purely looking at the brake pad composition. Terms like ceramic, organic, etc may have become a sort of a marketing term.

Nonetheless, one thing you should expect is that the amount of dust should be inversely related to the stopping power. A good example is the OEM Ford brake pads. On my 1999 Taurus, the factory pads lasted until 75,000 miles, and I think there was enough material to make them last even longer. There was virtually no visible dust, the brake pads seemed to last forever. However, the car seriously lacked stopping power IMO (this is with 10.9" rotors). I had a few close calls with them. For example, it was pretty much impossible to get them anywhere close to locking the front wheels on dry pavement unless I stood with all of my weight on the brake pedal.
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brake pads

there does seem to be a relationship between stopping power and brake dust,my original ford pads never made my front wheels dirty BUT the stopping distances were not that great.
I switched to EBC GREEN AND WOW!, they were like a brick wall. at least 50% better BUT in a couple of weeks the front wheels looked like they had not been cleaned in a year!!!!
for me it was a worthwhile trade off, and it ha saved my bacon at least once(furniture fell off of a truck in the lane next to me and bounced right in front of me!!!)
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I am using Thermoquiet metalic pads - MX series. No dust and good stopping power. FF rating.
PS: Stopping power cold and hot should be listed on the pads - if they are from a reputable company. Look for AMECA Edge code:
http://student.ccbcmd.edu/~smacadof/DOTPadCodes.htm

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I'll probably get OEM motorcraft to be on the safe side, thank you!
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Duralast Gold or C-Max from Autozone.
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Be aware the ceramic does have less dust but because they are a lot harder they will tend to make the rotors wear more then a softer pad. The ceramic pads do last longer but I have never been a big fan of them because they are harder then other pads and they don't always provide better braking.

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Run those Autozone pads if you enjoy terrible stopping distance and don't mind replacing rotors. I have never had good stopping out of a ceramic pad. Semi-metallic is your best bet for good stopping power and low dust.


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