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Old 10-09-2004, 01:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've read about Dutch BMW race cars which using 'Intrax' suspension and 'Hawk' brake pads. Are they legal for street use and are they good quality?

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Hawk makes brake pads for street and strip, check tirerack.com.

I like PBR/AXXIS they have excellent braking feel and are virtually dustless.
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I use HAWK HPS for street and HAWK HP+ for track. The best pads I've ever used aside from Ferrodo's ferro carbon race pads. I swear by them

HAWK is famous for making brake pads for trucks, school buses and airplanes. Think about the stopping power needed for such large vechicles. HPS is great for street or lapping days/auto-x, HP+ for more serious tracking events.

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From what I've read, the best brake combo you can have outside of a BBK, is OEM pads with Zimmermann rotors, steel lines and high temp fluid. I'm a serious canyon runner and I have to say that personally, need about the best street braking setup you can get. That's what other E36 canyon runners have told me to use, so that's what I'm using. I have about 1500 miles left on my current brakes (and until I get the spare cash for the parts) and I redo the whole system. Remember, if you leave the rears closer to stock and only beef up the fronts, it'll stabilize your ride and won't cost you a damn bit of braking power. Fronts do 80% of the braking load under HARD braking conditions, so your rears are fine as stock. That's why nobody makes a BBK that includes rears.
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Word of advice... I used Hawk HPSs with my stock rotor... and they worked absolutey wonderful... but did major wear on my rotor... I have yet to replace the rotors... as they are almost done with ... but I have since replaced the pads due to the wear factor on my rotor.. I say make sure you get a good rotor befor you start putting really abbrasive pads on there...

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For long life of the brake system it's better to replace pads and rotor (Wilwood??) I understand.

What about the intrax suspension?
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For long life of the brake system it's better to replace pads and rotor (Wilwood??) I understand.

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From what I understand Intrax springs are famous for their very low drops. However, they aren't too popular for the BMW crowd. I think they are geared more towards looks than performance for their street setup. However, that's only an assumption. I haven't seen anyone with BMW's use intrax springs for track use.

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I will add also.. I've never seen Intrax on the track... atleast not in the US... most popular around the hard-core trake gurus in mainly H&R set ups.. with bilstein shock/struts... and maybe a few Koni...

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I just use stock sized plated CD brembo rotors. I'm a distributor so I get them dirt cheap. The HPS's aren't too bad on the rotors, but the HP+ eat them up like they're made of nothing.

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