I believe Bendix, and Raybestos, are the top two manufacturers of brake
products. If I'm not mistaken, Bendix linings are fastened with rivets
and Raybestos linings are fastened with high-tech adhesives.
Personally, I've used both brands with success. Currently using the
Raybestos Ceramic Quiet Stop's on the front of my '98 EB and think they
are worth every penny.
As hard as the Explorer's are on brake pads it is important to use high
quality parts, IMO. Bendix is a quality brand and like Raybestos they
make several different models at different price levels, so be careful
when comparing brands.
I had my brakes done ages ago with Good/Better/Best pads and I used the
The rotors were turned and I made sure to tell them to do the first turn
Greased up the slides and it's 20 K later and they look like new.
I think most brake pads these days are all a lot higher quality than in
days past, and the big diference in price not worth it.
Also, I swear they only had one brand because I paid for the "good" and I
saw them taking pads out of the exact same type of box for the "best" job
being done next to mine. Diference being about $45!
Go with the quality on this one unless you don't mind sqeaky brakes. I made
the mistake of getting the cheap ones on my 2000 XLT (Just traded it in for
a new Sport Trac) and regretted it. The breaks always squeaked after that
and my wife was none to happy.
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