Reviving this ol' thread to state that I put aftermarket ceramic pads on and I find the stopping power just isn't there. The 2011 CX-9 already has underpowered brakes to begin with, so I think putting semi-metallic pads is the better option for better stopping power. Would like to hear other opinions.
I put Centric ceramic pads (Posi-Quiet 105.12580 Front, 105.12590 Rear) on about 7 years ago and have no complaints. My car never sees cold weather, though, and I have noticed on other cars that ceramic pads sometimes really suck until they get some heat into them.
I used Akebono ProACT ceramic pads front and rear (ACT1258 and ACT1259). They're pretty good but still wish they had more bite. I had also replaced the rotors with Raybestos 980580FZN coated rotors in the front and Raybestos 980579 rotors in the rear. Any suggestions on a better rotor & pad set up that will give more "bite" and better stopping performance? Will semi-metallics have more stopping power vs the Akebono ceramics?
I must say though that of all the ceramics that I've tried over the years the Akebonos are the best. Compared to Centric, Wagner, etc.