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08-25-2011, 08:53 PM
what brand do yall use? i went with the wagner thermoquiets last time and they didnt seem to hold up. coulda been because they were the organics. but they lasted just as long as the fronts, which concerns me since the fronts do what? 90% of the braking on these cars if not more? i dont want to use a semi metallic because of the "chrome" wheels on it and i just dont have the time to spend cleaning them all the time. just a boredom question, feel obligated to answer.

08-25-2011, 11:02 PM

08-26-2011, 03:26 PM
The fronts do more of the braking yes, but it's not 90%. Probably more like 70/30. Rears usually should last about 40% longer than the fronts on average. You could try hawk performance ceramics. I used them on the rear of my GP with good results. They are a performance street pad with a hybrid ceramic compound. They offer good stopping power and lower dust and noise than a straight organic compound, without being as harsh on rotors or reduced stopping power of full ceramics. Pad life is in between.

08-26-2011, 06:48 PM
I'm using the hawk pads as well and love them.

08-26-2011, 06:50 PM
Hawk HPS out back; Hawk HP+ in front.

08-26-2011, 09:47 PM
Hawk huh. how much do these things run?

08-27-2011, 08:19 AM
Hawk HPS rear pads for the Grand Am are $61.57 through, while front HPS pads are closer to $70.
I don't think they make a HP+ fitment for the Grand Am - they're a bit aggressive for a DD.