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When it comes to upgrading a vehicle’s braking system, a common question arises: should you install the same brand of brake pads and rotors? While it is possible to mix and match brake pads and rotors from different brands, using the same brand offers certain advantages.

PowerStop designs brake pads and rotors that are easy to install and work harmoniously together, providing a safe, reliable braking experience in any situation. When you upgrade your braking system with PowerStop components, you can feel confident in the superior quality and performance of your brakes.

The Benefits of Upgrading to the Same Brand of Brake Pads and Rotors

When replacing OE components with something comparable, you can generally switch from one brand to another without much consequence, and it’s typically okay to purchase brake pads from one manufacturer and OE Stock Replacement Rotors from another.

Read More: Can I Use My Original Oe Equipment With Powerstop Products?

However, if you’re upgrading your brakes for better performance on the street, track, or while towing, it’s worth sticking to one brand of choice for the upgrade.

Benefits of installing the same brand of brake pads and rotors for your upgrade include:


One of the biggest advantages of installing the same brand of brake pads and brake rotors is compatibility. At PowerStop, we design our products to work seamlessly together, creating a consistent and robust friction material transfer layer. This layer is vital for both abrasive and inherent friction, improving stopping power and adhesion while reducing wear and compatibility issues. PowerStop’s carbon fiber ceramic formula benefits from this combined effect, delivering reliable and efficient braking when both pads and rotors are replaced together.


Using the same respected brand for both brake pads and rotors can ensure optimal braking performance. PowerStop brakes are manufactured with specific friction materials and rotor designs that minimize heat buildup. When paired together, they deliver superior performance and enhanced fade resistance.

Easy Installation

Installing the same brand of brake pads and rotors can simplify the installation process. PowerStop brakes are bolt-on-ready and designed for easy installation with no modifications necessary. When you install PowerStop pads and rotors together, you know they will fit perfectly, reducing the chances of installation problems.


Brake upgrades that use matching components can last longer. Depending on the brand and quality, mismatched pads and rotors may cause uneven or premature wear on one or both components. PowerStop brake pads and rotors are crafted to reduce wear and fade, prolonging the life of your entire braking system. This saves you money on replacements and ensures a smooth, safe braking experience.

Warranty & Support

Another benefit of using the same brand for brake pads and rotors is the support and warranty offered by the manufacturer. PowerStop stands behind its products and has a support team standing by to help you with any questions you may have about our products.

PowerStop Brake Pads & Rotors: A Match You Can Count On

Whether you’re looking for the ultimate brakes for your muscle car, Jeep, daily commuter,  track day vehicle, European car, or truck that tows, PowerStop has you covered. Our wide range of brake upgrade kits are designed to meet the unique needs of nearly every vehicle on the road:

  • Towing, Off-Road, & Hauling Upgrade: The Powerstop Z36 Truck & Tow Brake Upgrade Kit is ideal for trucks and 4x4s that tow, haul or go off-road. The kit includes Z36 Carbon-Fiber Ceramic Brake Pads, Drilled, Slotted & Zinc Plated Rotors, premium stainless-steel shims and hardware, and high-temperature lubricant.
  • Daily Driver Upgrade: The Powerstop Z23 Evolution Sport Brake Upgrade Kit is designed for those looking to enhance the braking system of their daily-driving vehicles. This kit includes Z23 Carbon-Fiber Ceramic Brake Pads, Drilled, Slotted & Zinc Plated Rotors, dual-layer rubberized shims, premium stainless-steel hardware, and high-temperature lubricant.
  • Muscle Car Upgrade: The Powerstop Z26 Street Performance Brake Upgrade Kit is specially designed for muscle cars, high horsepower, and performance vehicles. These kits include Z26 Carbon-Fiber Ceramic Brake Pads, Drilled, Slotted & Zinc Plated Rotors, premium stainless-steel shims and hardware, and high temperature lubricant.
  • Jeep Upgrade: The Powerstop Jeep Big Brake Conversion Kit is perfect for all of your off-road Jeep adventures. It comes with Z36 Carbon-Fiber Ceramic Brake Pads, 20% larger Drilled, Slotted & Zinc Plated Rotors, extended caliper brackets to accommodate larger rotors, premium stainless-steel shims, hardware, and a new pin bushing kit.
  • Track Day Upgrade: PowerStop offers two different track day brake kits: the PowerStop Track Day Brake Kit for beginning track day enthusiasts, and the PowerStop Track Day Spec Brake Kit for advanced track day enthusiasts or SPEC racing. Each kit includes brake rotors, brake pads, a packet of brake lube, abutment clips, tension clips, or pin bushings where applicable.

Have a Question? PowerStop Can Help!

PowerStop is dedicated to providing top-quality performance brakes for nearly every vehicle on the road. If you have a question about any of our products, contact us today online at [email protected] or toll-free at (888) 863-4415. Our customer service team is available to answer your questions Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CST). Se habla español.


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