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Old 04-21-2021, 12:21 AM #1
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Better than OEM brake pads! NRS galvanized.

Wanted to share with everyone on the forum about my newly installed NRS brake pads on my 2014 Toyota 4Runner SR5P. They are expensive but I think you get what you pay for. They are completely galvanized and here in MI that’s great news as we often see brake pad material separate from their backing plate because of the pressure exerted from rust. I feel that they have better bite and reduced stopping distance compared to OEM, however I can’t back that up with anything other than my own perception.

They also came with a unique feature which is piston caliper pads designed to eliminate noise in addition to their included shims. The caliper piston pads simply clip into place on the inner aspect of the caliper pistons. Initially they sent the incorrect size caliper piston pads but they responded fast with the correct replacement. Just be sure to tell them to include the PS-140 caliper piston pads in the order as that is the correct size if you have a 5th Gen 4runner. Thus far they have been ultra quiet, actually zero noise heard to date. They created the technology called Shark which has metal hooks that embed the braking material onto the backing plate making them less likely to separate even under intense loads. EBS is now incorporating their technology is some of their pads. Very thrilled with them and wanted to share my experiences thus far, I expect they will last as long as OEM pads. Here are a couple links if you want to research them. Chris Fix made a complete set at the factory (made in Canada) very interesting video to watch. How Brake Pads are Made - YouTube Also here is NRS webpage: Home - NRS Brakes

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No thanks. Looks like gimmicks and bullshit.
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For that much money why not just get a set of TRD pads from a proven setup and factory
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I live in Ohio, and we get pretty much the same amount of road salt as you do up there - and the severe rust that comes with it. I've seen calipers flaking and chunking apart due to rust, had trouble with rusted bolts and all, but I've never had brake pads so rusted that they caused problems or were difficult to remove. And I never, ever, in 45 years and 1.5 million miles of driving, ever saw a brake pad separate from a backing plate. I imagine it can happen, but I've never seen it. I can't imagine that it happens often.

Considering that they're twice as expensive as OEM pads, and you say you expect them to last as long as OEM pads, it's difficult to see the price justification. If the main benefit is that they're galvanized and therefore resist rust, it's likely that they'll only snag those buyers who have had a terrible time with rusted brake pads.

Not trying to be a wet blanket, this is just my assessment based on my experiences.
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I live in Ohio, and we get pretty much the same amount of road salt as you do up there - and the severe rust that comes with it. I've seen calipers flaking and chunking apart due to rust, had trouble with rusted bolts and all, but I've never had brake pads so rusted that they caused problems or were difficult to remove. And I never, ever, in 45 years and 1.5 million miles of driving, ever saw a brake pad separate from a backing plate. I imagine it can happen, but I've never seen it. I can't imagine that it happens often.

Considering that they're twice as expensive as OEM pads, and you say you expect them to last as long as OEM pads, it's difficult to see the price justification. If the main benefit is that they're galvanized and therefore resist rust, it's likely that they'll only snag those buyers who have had a terrible time with rusted brake pads.

Not trying to be a wet blanket, this is just my assessment based on my experiences.
I've had break pads separate from backing plate, but that was on a boat trailer used in saltwater. The saltwater had nothing to do with it. It was a brand new set of brakes and rotors. Rotors were painted and the pads stuck hard to the paint on the first stop and broke a pad free.
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TRD pads were my second choice. I understand NRS pads are expensive so going with TRD or Toyota OEM brake pads are great options as well. If you do the research there is nothing “gimmick or BS” about their pads and the company.

As to brake delamination I have in fact seen in more than once on repair jobs. One was when the pads backing plate part which rides on the abutment clips had a layer of rust forming and eventually seized within the clips causing rotation and the delamination of the pad from the backing plate. Another time was rust which creeped behind the backing plate and caused the pad material to be pushed away. BOTH were after market premium brake pads offered by local auto stores. I would never expect nor have seen OEM pads delamination.

The Global Brake Safety Council in fact has been pushing for more rigid standards with aftermarket pads due to the issue which rust can cause such as delamination of backing plate and the pad material. They conducted a study in Canada and the USA of brake pads which were replaced, 10,000 in fact, and 12% had excessive rust, 22% had lifted edges or separation and 6% had broken friction material. So if you have never seen it do more brake jobs and you will.

As I stated in my initial post my opinion is subjective and not objective (based on a study), I like them better than OEM because they are galvanized, and I love their initial bite and feel when braking. Simply offering a potential option for others to consider. I have always gone with OEM brake pads and they have never let me down. I decided to switch to the NRS pads based on feedback from mechanics that have given them a full run. However, I certainly didn’t intend to imply OEM or TRD are not good...in fact they are the most solid option especially considering price as a factor.
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I've had break pads separate from backing plate, but that was on a boat trailer used in saltwater. The saltwater had nothing to do with it. It was a brand new set of brakes and rotors. Rotors were painted and the pads stuck hard to the paint on the first stop and broke a pad free.
Ouch. I bet that was a great day.
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Ouch. I bet that was a great day.
Fortunately it happened on first test drive around the block from my home. Also, the pad used was a common GM vehicle pad, so I could easily pick up a replacement. Also the pads were riveted to the backing plate. Believe me, I've had far worse happen with boat trailers.
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