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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 08-01-2003, 08:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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i have an 89 325i. i have to put new front brake pads on it. could anyone recommend a brand of pads to use. thanks.
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the two most common ones i have heard are axxis and hawks.

try taking a browse through http://www.cobaltfriction.com
although it is not advertised, when i contacted them they said they do offer 10% discount to bmwcca members.
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You can also check out GreenStuff pads, I've never used them but I've heard good things (mainly that they produce little/no brake dust). Or Pagid (which might be OE).
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ive heard greenstuff pads are hard on your rotors and wont last very long, less than a year. i would try mintex or pagid oe. also if you wanna have sharper braking look into some stainless steel brake lines, they run anywhere from $50-$100.
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yeah, although they'll look better, SS lines really don't do alot on a stock brake set-up... but i have heard differently... it can go either way

the only way to know for sure if they make a difference is to have a friend of yours install em sometime randomly when u don't know about... see if u think to yourself one day... "hey... wtf?... my brakes feel stiffer... ohhhhhhh, he snuck em in on me "
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braided lines last longer overall and improve performance over the life of the vehicle, but their main advantage is that they don't expand like rubber/silicone hoses do and solidify the feel of the pedal.
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let me summerize... ahem...

dustless pads suck


eitherway, there are 3 main types of pads, race pads, metallic pads, and organic pads. Certain brands differ but race pads squeal like shit crazy loud as do metalic.

personally i like seeing all that dust. makes them look bronze or something
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eitherway, there are 3 main types of pads, race pads, metallic pads, and organic pads. Certain brands differ but race pads squeal like shit crazy loud as do metalic.

personally i like seeing all that dust. makes them look bronze or something
yeah except those basketweave wheels are a PITA to clean
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Yeah, I know. My grandparents used to have a 1990 325is and it sucked ass to wash it. Those wheels took forever.
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naw.. just get a rough bristle tooth brush or a steel wool wrap brush it goes by incredibly quick once you get in a pattern of scrubbin
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just use the padgid ones that BMW uses. (actually i think those are the ones that kick up less brake dust.)
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Pagid or ETF same quality.

Look for specials - should cost less then 50 bucks.
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personally i like seeing all that dust. makes them look bronze or something
Yeah, but you get 5 times more dust on the front wheels so your front rims look like they're a darker color than the back ones. :wink
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