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Old 08-26-2011, 05:02 AM
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Interesting. I was fairly concerned when Doru's original post came out about the lack of cold weather braking since I have Akes and it gets pretty cold here in NE. But I had already had one winter on them with no problems. After another winter of no problems, I really don't even think about this issue. When I installed these pads, I bedded them using Zeckhausen's procedure. I could smell the pads! And I have never had any cold weather braking issues.

However, I just don't like the "feel" of the Ake pads. While the lack of dust is great and they have been quiet as a mouse, I find there is less initial bite and the pedal pressure needed to modulate my braking is non-linear compared to the old OEM pads. These characteristics are not bad enough to replace the pads now but when the time comes, I think I will consider alternate brands.

As with many aftermarket products, it's all about the tradeoffs.
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