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Old 07-04-2005, 05:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am in need of new pads(maybe new rotors) up front. Can anyone recommend something. I just moved to Arizona and it is really hot(above 100 everyday since I have been here and a couple of days up to 115+) so I was thinking of going with some slotted rotors and a good pad. I don't know a whole lot about brakes but also don't have alot of money and if I replace the rotors I was only going to replae the fronts for now and rears when they go bad. I would like a pad that doesn't give off alot of dush either, although I don't want one the squeals or doesn't last long either. So any good compromise. Thanks to anyone who replies.
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Old 07-04-2005, 11:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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really really really happy with my brembo slotted rotors and EBC greenstuff pads. Its such an improvment. Next i'm getting SS lines and new fluid, that'll transform it again

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Go hardcore. Hawk pads with stoptech kit. Git 'R DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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It depends on your driving style.
I got Hawk HPS with solid Brembo rotors and I like the feel.
Make sure you use a good quality hi-temp brake fluid as well.
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Just a note that if you replace the front brakes with a performance set you need to replace the rears with the same performance set. If you have really hardcore brakes up front and stocks in the back it will throw off the braking balance of the car. Just a note. I went cheap and did new front rotors on both sides plus new pads for like 300 bucks with Napa premium, my bud works there and did all the work himself on a lift, in exchange for dinner. I am happy so far, no squeaks, and they grab just as well as the stock setup.
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you can get brembo rotors and pagid (oem) pads for all four wheels from various places for about $250... i just got mine.. make sure u need new rotors/pads before you get them.. u might just need to have the rotors cut.... after i got mine and when i started doing them, i realized the rotors and pads had more than 75% life left... ghead
but i did them anyway cuz i had already bought them...
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you can get brembo rotors and pagid (oem) pads for all four wheels from various places for about $250... i just got mine.. make sure u need new rotors/pads before you get them.. u might just need to have the rotors cut.... after i got mine and when i started doing them, i realized the rotors and pads had more than 75% life left... ghead
but i did them anyway cuz i had already bought them...
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$250???? Where?

I've heard one should cut OEM rotors
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Just a note that if you replace the front brakes with a performance set you need to replace the rears with the same performance set. If you have really hardcore brakes up front and stocks in the back it will throw off the braking balance of the car.
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http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/techarticl...o_Big_Brake.htm

check the 4th paragraph. The paragraph after the bullets.
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Old 07-08-2005, 07:30 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I am not looking to replace with high performance brakes as I have no money( i just moved). It gets alot hotter here though and I want to make sure I get some good brakes but would like to keep it under $250 for the fronts. I was looking at something like this

http://www.turnermotorsport.com/html/subca...6&subcat_id=105

and pair those with some either Mintex or Axxis pads, again the only sites I have really looked at are bavauto.com and turnermotorsport.com. I just want some pads that are quiet and produce a low amount of dust.

I found this link somewhere else but let me know what you guys think.

http://www.bimmerzone.com/parts-special-brake.htm
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Dude, buy these with EBC Green Stuff pads and go have some fun in the desert.

I have the Green Stuff pads, and they are absolutely fantastic (espcially on the interstate), and have a good friend with those rotors on his 95 M3, and they are equally great. Trust me dude, you won't be dissapointed, worth every penny.
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check out vertexauto.com or europeanautomotive.com or eas4parts.com... they all good prices depending on what you want... if you want the most basic check vertex, the whole deal will prolly come out less than 250...
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Why is everyone so afraid of ebay?

Ebay you can get brembo non-cross drilled rotors with axxis ultimates for about $300 on mycar. Check ebay out. It's a great site and you can get good stuff, cheap.
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Old 07-17-2005, 01:26 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Hey bud, I would honestly recomend Zimerman cross-drilled for your kind of weather. About pads its really up to your taste, I personaly use Zimerman with PBR Ceramic pads.
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