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Old 11-11-2004, 09:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok so, I think this next auto-x is going to kill my OEM brakes. I replaced them in January and they would have made it through 3 auto-x's and should end up with about 15 or so auto-x runs on them after the one next week. I think I need something that is not going to wear as quickly and that has less fade. I don't really notice fade much on the auto-x course, but I have almost melted the brakes on "fun" mountainy roads. I have heard Hawks are good, but have noise issues unless they are really heated up. I've heard Green Stuff works well, but I havn't heard much about their use on BMWs. I know Pagid (OEM supplier) makes some upgraded pads. So I know there are a lot of options out there, but for Road/Light Track use which should I get? BTW the car might actually see some real track use. I SE Oklahoma there is a track that does wheel to wheel racing (tons of rules though) and basically all you need is a helmet. I might be going up there on this set of brakes...
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only thing I would say is softer brakes give better braking if you get pads thast will last longer they won't stop you as well
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All of the companys you listed make great brake pads. They also make pads meant to do just what you want. Hawk HP and EBC Green stuff are meant for aggressive daily driving, and some track use. However, Hawk HP+ and EBC Red Stuff, are just for track use.

To many people go straight for the race pad and then complain about them.
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I like the PBR/AXXIS (once called REPCO). They come in organic, Metal Master and a new Pemium. I use them on my 1988 750 and they brake great and do not dust.
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I would stick to a softer pad and live with the dust. They're also easier on the rotors.
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Generally what mileage is a brake replaced at? Mild street use, no track?
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Ceramic pads offer what you desire. No/little dust, not fade, and a good hold.
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I use stock pads and uprated rotors (Zimmermann cross-drilled) no fade at all... great for canyons. I live with the dust.
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if you do the install yourself... which you should, its not very hard at all and you will save $$
this site will come in handy.
i replaced my pads a week ago, with this guide, no problems.
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Ceramic pads offer what you desire. No/little dust, not fade, and a good hold.
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What brand you reccomend?
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I use stock pads and uprated rotors (Zimmermann cross-drilled) no fade at all... great for canyons. I live with the dust.
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I would do rotors also but I don't have the money to change them until I need to BUt ZImmermanns are definately on the list... unless I find a ton of cash and can do brembos...
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