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Old 11-11-2020, 07:29 PM
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Arrow Brake pads compared - Matco, Rapco, APS

I recently bought three sets of brake pads from Matco, Rapco, and APS to get a better idea of how they compare to each other. I was halfway expecting that they would be virtually identical, but they are actually quite a bit different.

The pads below are organic compound "66-105" or "66-1050" as used on Matco RV-10 brakes.

Here are the contenders:
Rapco RA66-105 - $6.85/ea (rivets included)
Matco WHLM66-105 - $10.48/ea (no rivets)
APS APS66-10500 - $7.50/ea (no rivets)
I didn't include Cleveland because they were $15.25/ea!

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Impressions from looking at them in person:
Rapco --- Looks "low cost", pad surface is rough and the pad itself appears "granular". Has the largest metal flakes embedded in the material.

Matco --- Pad material has a finer texture than the Rapco, but not as fine as the APS. Similar/slightly fewer flakes than Rapco. "Molding" of overall pad is a little cleaner than Rapco. I've seen some minor cracking occur in Matco pads before the pads are worn out.

APS --- Finest grain pad material of the lot with no visible metal flakes. The outside of the pad also has the most "precise" finish of the bunch. I'm curious to know if anyone has tried these.

Thoughts, comments, war stories welcomed...
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Old 11-11-2020, 07:53 PM
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Rapco RA66-105 - $6.85/ea (rivets included)
Matco WHLM66-105 - $10.48/ea (no rivets)
APS APS66-10500 - $7.50/ea (no rivets)
I'm confused on the rivets.

Looks like Matco has rivets and the others don't
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Old 11-11-2020, 07:59 PM
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I saw in service cracking with the Matco pads (experience is one install only). I normally use Rapco and have also used Clevland, both with no issues.
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Old 11-11-2020, 08:15 PM
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"Rivets" indicates whether rivets were included in the pad package or not. The Matco pads have been installed with "not included" rivets. The other pads are sitting next to it for comparison.
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Old 11-11-2020, 08:18 PM
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So, the pads aren't bonded to the steel and you need rivets which you may have to buy separately (except Rapco) and install yourself......
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Old 11-11-2020, 08:41 PM
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I use Cleveland...
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Old 11-11-2020, 10:08 PM
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So, the pads aren't bonded to the steel and you need rivets which you may have to buy separately (except Rapco) and install yourself......
That is correct.
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Old 11-11-2020, 11:24 PM
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Used Marco and rapco pads. When I did the thicker disk upgrade I switched to rapco. They are holding up well but Iím sure that has something to do with the thicker disks also.

The rivets included with the rapco were all the shorter ones. Needed a few of the longer ones to install on my match backing plates.
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Old 11-12-2020, 01:05 PM
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Cleveland’s are the way to go. Get what ya pay for when it comes to brakes
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Old 11-12-2020, 01:16 PM
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On RAPCO on my vintage 1992 Cleveland brakes.
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