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Old 10-19-2009, 04:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Advice/Suggestions on Brakes?

Hv 99 M3 cabrio that I need new rotors & pads for. I've seen several different opinions on what to get. (Stock/OE replcmnt, slotted, drilled rotors) & pads (Hawk HPS, Akebono Euro ceramic, stock.oe rplcmnt). I do not track/autocross. Mainly wknd driver that I will drive spiritedly at times. Any suggestions on what set up to get.
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From what you say, OEMs should be fine IMO.
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Stock Brembo rotors; for pads, any of those will be a good choice overall, but they do have a little bit of a difference you might want to take into account.

The stock pads are good, but dusty as all hell - probably have the best initial bite of any of the pads you listed.

The Akebono Euros (which I have in combination with plain Brembo rotors) are horrible for the first couple hundred miles since it feels like you're never going to stop, but once they bed in properly they stop very very well; very linear feel; initial bite isn't as great as with Pagid or Jurid or some other pad that came OEM on our cars, but honestly it is still very good. Better than the Textars that came off my car anyway. There is virtually no dust at all; you can go like a 1000 miles on them and not have noticeable dust on the wheels.

As for the Hawk HPS; I have heard nothing but great things. Should be a bit better than the Euros from what I'm reading, but I couldn't justify paying that much more over the Euros for a daily driven car. In your case, it might be worth it.
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Let me know how easy it is to do the brakes, labor-wise. I have to do my rears on my e34.
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