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#1 Old 10-31-2011, 05:07 PM
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qx56 2006 calipers Bosch vs Akebono

I have 82k on my brakes. Everything stock. I felt a little bit of pulsating on my last Sierra trip, so I suspect a warped rotor. Anyway, I'd like to replace the pads and either turn the rotors or get them replaced. I'm just going to do front and back and get it over with. [The tire shop keeps saying I have plenty of pad left and I'm too lazy these days to pull a wheel and check.]

I'm going to go ceramic on the pads. I did that on my old M class and it was a major improvement. Searching the forum, I found Hawk ceramic is the suggested brand. However the Hawk website inquires if I have Bosch or Akebono calipers. It also inquires to the size of the rotor.

I haven't looked yet, but is it easy to see which caliper I have without pulling a wheel. I've changed two flats on this beast since I owned it, so I'm not allergic to pulling a wheel, but I sure hate to do unnecessary heavy lifting if I don't have to, especially with that OEM jack.

Other than the AT hose slipping off once, this has been one durable vehicle. You can't believe how much time my old Benz spent at the dealer. The Benz ate brakes so fast that I would do the work myself. At 80k+ miles, I'm more than happy to pay a shop to do the brakes. I just like to buy the parts my self.
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04-07 it's the small rotor 08-11 the big rotor


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I understand using an iphone is a PITA for long messages, but your reply is a bit cryptic. What exact is 04-07 and 08-11. Month and year. That wouldn't make sense since the Hawk website knows the model year.
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Sorry about that I mean years 2004 to 2007 and 2008 and up


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The mid-year 2006 Armada's had the larger Akebono disks installed. I found this out the hard way by ordering, by year, and getting the 12.5" discs! Best to pull the wheel and measure the diameter. Rears are all the same 12.5" as far as I know.

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mine are the bigger rotor sized ones. a fellow member told me that sometime in 2006, was when they made the switch. so you have to chekc on your door jam to find the manufacturer's date. mine was produced in march of 06...

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mine are the bigger rotor sized ones. a fellow member told me that sometime in 2006, was when they made the switch. so you have to chekc on your door jam to find the manufacturer's date. mine was produced in march of 06...
You have a QX56 they changed the rotors in 05. On the Armada in late 06


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I phoned tirerack regarding how to tell what and what, and while I managed to talk to a live person in the US (heh heh), I didn't exactly get much information other than there are only two possibilities, not 4 as indicated by the Hawk website.

Given I'm going years between pads, I'm just going to pay to have the pads replaced. [These days I seem to just be doing oil changes myself. The QX56 thus far has been very reliable.] The shop is going to put the car on the rack and tell me what is what. I've bough enough tires from them that this is a freebie since they know they are going to get the work anyway. Now if I had my own lift, it would be a difference story. ;-)

I find ordering parts that don't fit to be really aggravating. Nobody wants to RMA (buyer or seller). It's just a game I don't want to play.

Is is fair to say Akebono ACT and the Hawk ceramic are on par?
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And the verdict is Bosch, front and back. I'm just going to have the front rotors turned to see if I can get the vibration removed. I'll have the ceramic pads installed even though there is plenty of life in the OEM pads. Might as well have piece of mind for the cost of a tank of fuel these days.
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