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What brand should I purchase to replace the brakes

What brand should I purchase to replace the front brakes and rotors on my 2001 Focus zx3? 62000 miles. Replacing myself. Any other input would be helpful. First brake replace. thx

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Makes very little difference. All have to me manufacturing standards. Bendix is a good brand. I have never in 40 years had any brand issues.

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