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Brake pads

Discussion in 'E39 (1997-2003)' started by Touring525i4dawgs, Feb 18, 2012.

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    Touring525i4dawgs '02 525it M sport

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    Well here we go again. How about a brake pad suggestions?
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    Touring525i4dawgs '02 525it M sport

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    a companion question...ceramic vs. semi metalic
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    MGarrison

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    Semi-metallic pads can stand up to light track duty (haven't tried ceramic pads on-track). When I used Metalmaster pads for daily use, the first stop backing down the driveway on cold winter mornings had very little grip, made stopping a bit questionable. Don't think I've noticed the same issue with ceramics. For street pads I've typically used Axxis/PBR ceramics or MetalMaster pads. Search the forums too, I think others have posed the same question before.
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    steven s

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    Who said anything about track?
    One track mind, you. :)

    I've liked MetalMaster and Ultimate Axxis but my cars are lighter than a 5.
    My current street pads are CarboTech Bobcats. Out of necessity I have stock pads on our MINI.
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    Touring525i4dawgs '02 525it M sport

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    Have liked what I have read about the Hawk HPS anyone use them?
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    MGarrison

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    That was just an additional, unsolicited, fyi observation! ;)
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    brucembergeron

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    I've had good luck with Cool Carbon pads on my Touring. They have much better bite at the track and very little dust for the street.
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    ramitchell

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    I recently replaced front and rear pads using ATE brand. I know that OE compounds generate a lot of dust but I just prefer them over semi-metallic or ceramic. I have tried a product from Armor All that you spray on the wheels after cleaning and it does help a bit with the dust.

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