Discussion in 'E39 (1997-2003)' started by Touring525i4dawgs, Feb 18, 2012.
Well here we go again. How about a brake pad suggestions?
a companion question...ceramic vs. semi metalic
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.
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.
Have liked what I have read about the Hawk HPS anyone use them?
That was just an additional, unsolicited, fyi observation!
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.
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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