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Old 09-17-2012, 08:12 AM   #1
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Brake Pad Recommendations

Looking for a good brand and vendor that carrys them for my 2004 325ci... I get a ton of brake dust. Not sure what brand they are, pretty sure they're oem since I bought the car in June.

What I'm trying to find is as good set with minimal brake dust that won't sacrifice too much performance. It will be 98% street driving. I'll be going to the track for the first time with a friend at a CCA event, so I'll replace my pads after I burn through these but want to get them ahead of time
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:37 AM   #2
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Sadly, what you are looking for does not exist.

If you want good braking, stick to OEM suppliers like Pagid, Textar, or Jurid for the pads.
I am running Akebono Euro pads in the rear, and they have virtually no brake dust.

However, I can already feel that less initial bite when braking.
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:43 AM   #3
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Well, I know no dustless pad will have good performance, but for street driving, I'm less concerned about it as I would be on a track. That's why I was hoping for recommendations on I guess a "minimal dust, less sucky pad" vs "zero dust but sucks balls pad"
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:53 AM   #4
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PFC Z-rated pads. Low dust, not-so-good initial bite, but once you heat them up and/or go hard at them, they'll outperform OEM in a beat.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:02 AM   #5
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Thanks! only place I found them in stock at was bimmerworld and bookmarked. 200 for both front and back, not too bad. Have any other site that stocks them for cheaper?
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Well, I know no dustless pad will have good performance, but for street driving, I'm less concerned about it as I would be on a track. That's why I was hoping for recommendations on I guess a "minimal dust, less sucky pad" vs "zero dust but sucks balls pad"
Akebonos are the minimal dust, less sticky pad. That's initial bite/feel only.

FCPEuro has them for 59.99 rear if I recall correctly, and probably a bit more for the front.
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EBC GreeStuffs sound like they would fit what you're looking for. They are a more performance orientated pad than stock, very low dusting, and provide tons of bite. Considering you're looking to only track once in a rare while they'd be a solid option to think about. HERE is a link to the ones for your 325.

Akebonos (LINK) are also a very popular choice, they aren't really a performance pad, but they are one of the lowest dusting pads around.

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