I'm looking for an opinion on these brake pads NOT FOR MY MERCEDES but my KIA Optima.
They are cheaper than the KIA dealers OEM pads.
I plan on installing them myself but the KIA Service Rep is trying to sell me new hardware plus he is saying that I need to resurface the rotors or I will crystallize the new pads. This may be true with the OEM pads but probably not.
KIA wants $300.00 (Parts & Labor) for this work. Not terrible but the AKAbONO pads are $77.00 @ AZAutohaus
Here is my question. Some of you here have used these pads on your Mercedes cars. On Mercedes NOBODY turns the rotors when installing new pads. NEW ROTORS when worn down only.
My KIA has almost perfect rotors maybe worn down 1/16" but no ridges or warpage. I don't see the need to turn the rotors.
The hardware should be re-usable. If not I will replace it.
If I take it easy on the new AKABONO pads for a few hundred miles I don't think I have a problem with crystallization.
Any Opinions Welcome?