I can't believe these are supposed to be Duralast's top of the line Gold CMax
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I purchased these set along with the DGC1124 rear brakes. Shipping was good and came in on time. It came with grease, the hardware. Installation was difficult, the hardware just wasn't fitting as well, you really have to use some muscle. Tolerances could be better.
I was thinking that if it was made in India, they'd be allowed to use more VOC and goodies to improve brake performance. These are Duralast's top of the line after all, but these performance and stopping power is terrible, noticeable worse than OEM. No initial bite, and overall, feels like the car doesn't stop as fast like the pads aren't gripping.
Thus the bedding-in process. During my gradual heat up process, it seemed to be bedding in normally, after about 20-30 speed up / slow down (no complete stop, it'll warp your rotors), I finally got them hot enough to induce brake fade. I'm using fresh dot 5.1, so it's definitely not the fluid. Afterwards, I let them cool down. I was hoping the transfer material would improve the initial bite, even though the pedal felt MUCH softer than OEM.
After the cool down, it didn't seem to help. Got out of the car, checked my rotors, and only a little, if any, material was transferred. Didn't look like the usual, but I might've needed to repeat the process more.
I'm just hoping in an emergency these things will be able to stop properly. Haven't slammed the brakes to a screeching halt since they're still in the break-in period, but I'm skeptical if these will be able to brake hard. Keeping my fingers crossed.
There can be a lot of improvement on the stopping performance of these pads. I expect way more out of the Gold CMAX line, and did not anticipate these to be worse than OEM. It should've at least been the same.
Pros: Made in India, Rubber Shim, Mechanical wear indicator, quiet so far
Cons: Made in India, very soft pedal feel, no initial bite, can't seem to bed these in and get transfer material onto discs