Choosing the Right Brake Pads

How do Brake Pads Work?

How do Brake Pads Work?

Brake pads are the most commonly renewed braking component. Designed to wear they clamp the brake rotor when you depress the brake pedal creating friction which generates heat as they push up against the disc. Over time this process of heat generation produces brake dust (which can be seen on your wheels) and slowly wears the pad to point it where must be renewed.

Which Type of Brake Pad is Best?

Which Type of Brake Pad is Best?

This depends on your vehicle application and how you intend to drive the vehicle. Brake pads can be broadly split in to three categories: Original Equipment (OE) Replacement, Heavy Duty (inc. Commercial & 4x4) and Performance.


  • Designed to be a like for like replacement for the original brake pads fitted to the vehicle 
  • This is a great place to start if you are looking to maintain the high levels of safety originally designed by the manufacturer 
  • These pads offer the best compromise between stopping distance, noise, brake dust and fade resistance


  • Designed as an upgrade to the OE pads 
  • If you regularly tow or carry heavy loads, do high mileage or just want a pad to take any punishment you can dish out, these are the pads to choose 
  • Typically, HD pads will be able to operate at elevated brake temperatures without fading, ideal for long hill decants with a caravan on the back of your vehicle


  • Specialist brake pads primarily designed for intense braking on the street or track
  • Made from high friction materials they offer exceptional stopping performance without the brake fade associated with OE Pads 
  • Performance pads usually generate more brake dust and noise than other types of pads

What Brands of Brake Pads Can I Choose From?


Australia’s leading brake pad, Bendix have made the original equipment brake pads for Australia’s leading manufactures including, Holden, Ford and Toyota for decades. Their large range of pads have been specifically designed for Australian conditions.


The most iconic name in brakes globally, Brembo engineer brakes for the worlds fastest cars including Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini. Their range of pads are direct replacements for high performance vehicles with Brembo callipers fitted as standard or as an upgrade for all other applications


A leading manufacturer of brake pads for European vehicles, TRW pads are engineered to be a like for like for the OE pads. A great choice for anyone looking to maintain the original braking performance of the European vehicle.


From the creator of ABS braking systems, Bosch brake pads are an OE quality pad with matched friction and performance properties to the original pads fitted to your vehicle.


The ultimate in Japanese brake pad technology, Project Mu offer extreme performance braking for high performance vehicles and V8 Supercar race teams alike. Ideally suited to track or race applications.


The benchmark high performance brake pad for European vehicles, DS pads are a great upgrade for any track day enthusiast.

Which Pads Fit?

Spares Box uses the most sophisticated cataloguing technology available, but it is important to check the exact brake specifications on your vehicle as manufacturers often change brake designs mid-model or offer upgraded sports brake packages. If you require assistance, please contact our support team for guidance.