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Old 09-02-2010, 08:18 AM   #1
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Napa Adaptive One Pads

Hello, this is my first post on this forum. I've been lurking for a little while and decided to finally make a post.

I'm replacing the front brakes on my gf's element this weekend. I've read that a lot of folks on here prefer the OEM brake pads while others have used aftermarket. I've read some good reviews on the Napa Adaptive One brake pads and am curious if anyone has used these on their E? From what I have read the Adaptive One pads are made by Satisfied and the Ultra Premium line is made by Akebono.

Any opinions?
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Old 09-02-2010, 09:52 PM   #2
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NAPA Adaptive One Brake Pads

I put them on my Element last May and they don't have the same degree of stopping power as the OEM Honda pads. They are very quiet and generate less brake dust, but the Adaptive One pads lack the initial bite and pedal feel of the OEM pads. I would not use them again for the E. The Wagner ThermoQuiet pads are better but wear a bit faster than OEM.
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Old 09-04-2010, 03:23 PM   #3
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The Wagner QC914 front pads have been working so well that I went back to O'Reilly Auto Parts for a rear set of ThermoQuiets.

When I went to pick them up, the set they gave me didn't look right. The box was a Wagner box but the pads didn't match the general construction of the front set , Wagners description of the pads or the photo in Wagners online catalog. Not only did they have shims, the steel back plates had rough edges and the sides of the friction pads were painted.

The counterman tried to convince me that they were the right pads- that the design had changed, but to me it looked like someone switched the contents of the carton with a cheaper set or another brand.

So I pointed out the description of the pads in the enclosed install directions and asked the counterman to get in a second set for physical comparison. When the second carton arrived, the difference between the ThermoQuiet pad and the first set of pads was obvious.

IMHO, the Wagner pads front pads work as good or better than the Honda's in regular driving, seem to work better for hard fast braking. The tapered edges initially provide less contact surface than run-in pads, which may account for the perception that they wear faster. I won't know for several years.

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