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#1 (permalink) Old 12-10-2004, 11:13 AM
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Ok, brake light come on, and I knew I was close so it's finally time.
Yes, I realize there's about 10 other threads about this shiz but I'm making my own damnit, but I've narrowed my choices down to two pads (and OEM)

I drive hard, I brake hard... a lot. This is my 3rd set of pads I need this year. I do a lot of 110 to 60 mph HARD brakes on the highway, and drive like I would track my car.
I do not want to tear my rotors up too badly, I'd like them to stay alive for at least another pad change after this one, and ighk, I hate fade. I like the OEM feel so far but THAT ammount of dust is just redicuious.

So what should I get? I can't really afford new rotors all around right now, and a whole new brake system or major upgrades arn't worth it to me on the current BMW I have now, I plan on selling it after I replace the rear bumper and the airbag and then detail the piss out of it


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Ok, brake light come on, and I knew I was close so it's finally time.
Yes, I realize there's about 10 other threads about this shiz but I'm making my own damnit, but I've narrowed my choices down to two pads (and OEM)

I drive hard, I brake hard... a lot. This is my 3rd set of pads I need this year. I do a lot of 110 to 60 mph HARD brakes on the highway, and drive like I would track my car.
I do not want to tear my rotors up too badly, I'd like them to stay alive for at least another pad change after this one, and ighk, I hate fade. I like the OEM feel so far but THAT ammount of dust is just redicuious.

So what should I get? I can't really afford new rotors all around right now, and a whole new brake system or major upgrades arn't worth it to me on the current BMW I have now, I plan on selling it after I replace the rear bumper and the airbag and then detail the piss out of it
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I wouldn't worry to much about it, one maybe two tickets at those speeds and you won't have a license to drive the car the cops will probably impound.

BTW way, why are the choices between $30 OEM pads and $160+ pads???

How bout some PBR Metal Masters?

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Hawk HPS. I like Mintex too, not nearly as much dust

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sounds like at this point and yoru current driving habits its more important to keep yourself alive than your break pads.. consider that. =o

i have to agree with the NeverLeaned here too.. if you wanna endanger everyone elses lives with your wreckless driving, take it to the track where at least other drivers are expecting those speeds.

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Its not even the speed that is biggest concern........ (I have a sport bike and Im guilty of driving 100+ on more then one occasion. But I'm usually good for 6K or so before I need to change pads (thats bout the sport bike average)

He sounds like one of those guys that flys up behind you, and stomps on the breaks at the last second, hugging your rear end.


Im not encouraging you to speed..... I don't do those numbers in traffic, but if you need to drive 100mph and your stomping hard on your brakes to slow for traffic, then you need to rethink your driving habits.

TBH: If your that insistent on driving like that, then you should at the very least spring for a big brake kit that is better designed to handle repeated hard braking scenarios.

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He sounds like one of those guys that flys up behind you, and stomps on the breaks at the last second, hugging your rear end.
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uh no I donít do that.
I brake for cops and when situations become dangerous.
I40\I85 where it's 6 lane is where I speed. There's plenty of room and I donít go fast in congestion. No point whatsoever when there's traffic on any road. I don't cut off, I'd rather slow down than have anyone shake their steering wheel. I don't tailgate - thatís just really stupid to do. I just drive fast. (IE: I'm a very passive speeder, but when the road is open, I'm still passsive but I go relitively fast.)

I think I'm leaning towards OEM in this case since I'm tight on money. But either way, in the future, what should I get for street use?


yes, I have a 106 in a 70 ticket that's active right now, yes, they towed my car and impounded it, yes I went to jail.
Stupid thread I started. I apologize.


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Give the Green Stuff a try, you won't be disapointed

I do a combination of rural and interstate driving in a similar part of the country and couldn't be more pleased with my EBC pads The Kevlar construction produces little dust compared to oem's, and their grip is relentless

My only question is how long they may last, there has to be a downside to these things used

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Hawk HPS, the Dutch BMW touringcar series (have had) used them too.

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