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Old 07-27-2012, 04:28 PM   #41
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Go to a well established motor factors for pads and discs. I have owned beemers for 30 years and change my pads regularly. I never wait until they need replacing. Every 18 months or so. I have never had any issues with braking. I have only ever had to replace discs once on my 20 year old 250K E36. They bed in very quickly. You don't need to pay through the nose for pads and discs.
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Old 07-27-2012, 06:28 PM   #42
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yea for half the price i think i can live without having the roundel on my brake pad. ive definitely decided that unless i was to do a complete upgrade im sticking with the feel i know i like and not risk giving that up for less brake dust. i heard you can do without the screw if needed but if i can get them its only ten bucks and may make it easier for me next time. the closest dealer to me is a half hour away so if none of the autoparts stores near me have them ill just be careful with the old ones, i just wasnt sure if they were meant to be used again since all the kits i saw came with them. thanks again dmax
I called Bavauto re Pagid red pads. Guy said they are same as regular Pagid but are made especially for Bavauto as red is their branded color.

I recently bought Brembo rotors from BMA (along w Textar pads). They rotors came with a mounting screw.
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Old 07-27-2012, 06:35 PM   #43
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So I went with brembo rotors and textar pads. paid 320 on bma with both sensors as well. Not as bad as I thought it would be for OEM. Thanks again everyone, without this thread I'd be still be undecided for about another week. I never thought picking pads and rotors could be that complicated.
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Old 07-28-2012, 01:29 PM   #44
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I called Bavauto re Pagid red pads. Guy said they are same as regular Pagid but are made especially for Bavauto as red is their branded color.
yea their catalog i had made it look like they were upgraded pads but i had a feeling they were just regular pagids.

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I recently bought Brembo rotors from BMA (along w Textar pads). They rotors came with a mounting screw.
nice, u just saved me time searching for those thanks.
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Old 07-28-2012, 02:34 PM   #45
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You can check R1 Concepts, they sell various rotors and various pad combinations. You can actually get some good ceramic pads from them for a very good price that will work extremely well for normal street driving. You can also upgrade to slotted, cross-drilled or slotted & cross-drilled rotors for less than the cost of OEM from a BMW Dealer. If you look under E46 Brake Parts on eBay, they often have special complete kits, 2 or 4 rotors, and 4 or 8 pads for less than $500.00. I have been using their rotors for quite a few years now with no complaints and have recently started using their ceramic pads and so far, no complaints with them either.
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Old 07-28-2012, 02:45 PM   #46
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Adding a bit to the above; I used to use what was called Padig Sport Pads, however they are not readily available any more and if they are available, very costly now. The Padig "Reds" sold by BAV Auto are painted red for BAV Auto and are the regular Padig Pads, NOT the Sports. I then tried Metal Masters and several other brands, I thought the Metal Masters worked extremely well once heated up, but they did need to get heated up a bit. So far, the ceramic pads I've gotten from R1 Concepts are working well in all driving conditions (I do not track, so it is normal street and spirited street driving) dry and wet, and the added bonus is that they do not dust much, much less than the Padigs and some others but a little bit more than the Metal Masters. OEM pads and many others dust too much in my opinion and still fad when really heated up under spirited driving. So you might to check out R1 Concepts, www.R1Concepts.com. BTW, they will also have the sensor wires for less than a dealer and for many 2 wheel drive Bimmers, they will also have Stainless Steel Brake Hose Kits (they do not have them for many of the XIs though.
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Old 07-28-2012, 06:06 PM   #47
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thanks I'll check it out next time I need pads. You don't experience the loss of OEM bite most people talk about with the akebonos? I don't track my car either but living in CT there are quite a few long roads with nice curves and rarely any other cars so I definitely do spirited driving then and quite often slow down from triple digit speeds getting off the highway and never experienced fade with my OEM brakes, but that could also be because I have a six speed and use that a lot to control my speed, definitely much easier on my brakes coming off the highway lol. Thanks for the response I'll be sure to check them out next time I need pads, hopefully a long time from now

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