So I'm used to all sorts of different pads (Hawk HPS/HP+/Ceramic, Ferodo 2500, Metal Masters, race pads, etc.) on passengers cars, but the minivan ('08) is my first heavy vehicle and I think the brakes suck on it. I can't even engage the ABS on that car in the dry.
Bought the car new and the discs started showing signs of warping at 3K miles. It just kept on getting progressively worse as time went on now at 30K. Going through the bedding procedure helped for a little, but nothing significant. I get significant pedal pulsation and steering wheel vibration while braking now, the stock pads are worn out, the discs are shot so time for new parts and OEM parts are not up for the job. As you can tell, I'm not easy on the brakes. I don't know how others get over 60K out of a set of pads. 30K is a lot for me (even if wife drives the car most of the time).
Been searching google and this forum and most people go with the $40 Duralast ceramic or Akebono ProACT Ceramic pads and Centric dics. I found the initial bite of the Hawk ceramics not that great on an Audi. It also required more pedal pressure. So I'm guessing other brand cermics would be similar and therefore don't want to go that route.
I plan on going with the Power Slot Power Alloy Rotor from Tire Rack:
Power Slot Power Alloy Rotor
I did find that Porterfield makes an RS-4 (street) compound (http://porterfield-brakes.com/images/portstrt2008_11_06_02_41_04.pdf
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The concern I have is that the same pad compound is used for a huge range of vehicles (from light minis and miatas to heavy trucks) which sets off a red flag for me. I usually tend to go for more specialized pads designed for a certain vehicle and weight category.
Anyone try this pad yet on such a heavy minivan? Don't really care about the dust, don't care if it squeaks once in a while, will be happy if it lasts another 30K and don't mind paying double of Autozone pads if they do a better job stopping the car than OEM. I just want to be able to stop this heavy family car with undersized brakes. In other words, looking for something that has more torque over the stock pad and will not fade as it get hot.
Nice thing about the stock OEM pads was that they never faded - that was one impressive characteristic that I can't say for other cars that I had experience with.