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Old 01-21-2019, 10:36 AM
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Ceramic trailer brake pads: Stainless backing or no need?

It is time to replace the brake pads on my trailer and they offer 2 versions, both ceramic, but one has the stainless steel backing/clips and the other is just a coated backing/clips. The trailer obviously gets wet a lot but never in salt water. Cost of the stainless is about double that of the coated.
Not really sure what OEM is which is what is on there now but have to imagine it is not stainless.
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Old 01-21-2019, 10:52 AM
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You could put a magnet on the old OEM backing and clips, A quality stainless material would not be magnetic, higher nickel content and some other stuff, might help you make your mind up.
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Old 01-21-2019, 11:49 AM
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You shouldn't need the stainless if you're doing proper trailer maintenance. Same goes with calipers. When I rebuilt my brakes last I went with the middle quality Dacromet coated calipers which came with the standard pads. Been 2 years now with no issues.
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Old 01-21-2019, 11:55 AM
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You shouldn't need the stainless if you're doing proper trailer maintenance. Same goes with calipers. When I rebuilt my brakes last I went with the middle quality Dacromet coated calipers which came with the standard pads. Been 2 years now with no issues.
Ditto.
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Old 01-21-2019, 02:12 PM
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Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated.
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Old 01-21-2019, 03:12 PM
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Call me 3, should not need stainless.


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Old 01-22-2019, 02:24 PM
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I'll be the contrasting vote here. I replaced pads about 3 years ago. What I had found was that most all of the clips had broken off. They were all standard steel. The prior year, I had tried using some high temp brake pad "glue" that was recommended on this site to quiet them down, but they were still a chattering mess.

I ended up replacing them with the stainless and quite honestly, I did not find any other option... Maybe you guys with '08's have a different manufacturer for the brakes. Mine are Kodiak.

Here is the thread: https://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk...ad.php?t=65876
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Old 01-23-2019, 02:11 PM
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My 08 has the Kodiak 225 Y3 stamp on the caliper and I found both the regular and stainless pads on etrailer.com. The regular were roughly $31/axle and the stainless were closer to $63/axle.

I ordered the regular and they should arrive in a week, so I will report back if I run into any issues.
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