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Genuine Subaru Brake Pads & Rotors at Bob Baker Subaru

It's a known fact that aftermarket brake parts cost a little less than Genuine Subaru Brake Parts, but that shouldn't be the reason you have them installed on your Subaru instead of Genuine Subaru Brake Parts. Bob Baker Subaru wants to show you exactly how much more quality you will receive for just a few more dollars. We asked Subaru engineers to compare the quality and performance of Genuine Subaru Brake Parts with aftermarket imitations. Here are the results:

Subaru Brake Pads

Also referred to as "shoes", brake pads are steel-backed plates with friction-creating material bound to the surface. When braking, two pads are pressed against the rotor until the vehicle stops.

Salt Spray

The aftermarket brake pads developed significant rust damage after a week long salt-spray test. The Genuine Subaru Brake Pads remained rust-free.

Genuine Subaru

Aftermarket

Genuine Subaru Brake Pads after Salt SprayAftermarket Brake Pads after Salt Spray

Shear Strength

This test evaluates the strength of the bond between the layer of friction material and the metallic pad. At both ambient temperature and 300° C, the Genuine Subaru bond remained far stronger.

Genuine Subaru

Genuine Subaru Brake Pads at Ambient Temperature Genuine Subaru Brake Pads at 300 degrees Temperature

Ambient Temperature

300? C

Aftermarket

Aftermarket Brake Pads at Ambient TemperatureAftermarket Brake Pads at 300 degrees Temperature

Ambient Temperature

300? C

Paint Quality

Genuine Subaru paint quality is visibly superior, right out of the box.

Genuine Subaru

Genuine Subaru Outboard Brake Pads Genuine Subaru Inboard Brake Pads

Outboard

Inboard

Aftermarket

Aftermarket Outboard Brake Pads Aftermarket Inboard Brake Pads

Outboard

Inboard

Brake Performance

In a friction performance test at various speeds, Genuine Subaru Brake Pads consistently outperformed the competition. Before and during the heat testing, Genuine Subaru Brake Pads maintained effective braking stability and less anti-fade characteristics than the aftermarket pads.

 

Subaru Brake Rotors

Also referred to as "discs", brake rotors (and the wheels to which they are attached) are brought to a stop by the friction generated when brake pads press against them.

Out-of-the-Box Quality

What appears to be dirt on the Genuine Subaru Rotor is actually a preservative oil designed to protect it until installation. What appears to be dirt on the aftermarket part is actually rust!

Genuine Subaru

Aftermarket

Genuine Subaru Brake Rotors Out of the Box Aftermarket Brake Rotors Out of the Box

Shuddering

Brake "shuddering" is the shaking or vibration that can occur when you step on the brake pedal. It is often caused by brake rotor imperfections - both the "plate thickness", and "sideways shaking". Based on the values below, which would you rather have stopping your Subaru?

Plate Thickness
-Plate thickness includes the flatness of the rotor's surface as well. The higher values, the worse the shuddering.
Subaru Brake Rotors within Subaru's StandardsAftermarket Brake Rotors outside Subaru's Standards
Sideways Shaking
-This results from imperfections that do not allow the pad and rotor to meet properly. Again, the higher the values, the worse the shuddering.
Subaru Brake Rotors within Subaru's StandardsAftermarket Brake Rotors outside Subaru's Standards 

Rust

After a week of continuous driving conditions that including a daily spray of water, the results are clear. The rust-resistant surfaces on the Genuine Subaru protrusion and outside circumference are nearly rust-free. The aftermarket rotor has rust everywhere except for the sliding surface - the rust around the bolts actually made it difficult to remove the rotor.

Genuine Subaru

Aftermarket

Genuine Subaru Brake Rotors Aftermarket Brake Rotors