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Old 01-19-2013, 06:19 PM   #1
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just got an e46....2 days later brake pad light

okay so the brakes feel very smooth but the brake pad light is on. I guess i should replace them?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rear-Set-HIG...4bc290&vxp=mtr

does anyone think those are good or okay?
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Old 01-19-2013, 06:23 PM   #2
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Old 01-19-2013, 06:38 PM   #3
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The choice of brakes depends on how you drive your car (daily driver vs. track vs. whatever). There are several threads on this. Do a search. Replace the rotors when you replace the pads. Rotors are cheap and easy to replace. Don't forget to replace your brake wear sensor too. It's toast.
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:20 AM   #4
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Thanks man that was a lot of help! I'm buying a set of rotors and pads for 170 on ebay
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Does anyone have a recommendation on which is the best high performance valve stems?
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:40 AM   #6
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OP, good brands for brake pads are Jurid, Pagid, Textar, Akebono. For rotors there's ATE, Brembo, Zimmerman (my recommendation), Sebro
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Thanks man that was a lot of help! I'm buying a set of rotors and pads for 170 on ebay

This may be a better idea??

http://www.amazon.com/Power-Stop-K49...ype=automotive

Check fitment/application.

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Old 01-20-2013, 11:47 PM   #8
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Ah thank you for the replies Guys I'm ordering the one above now
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That would be a mistake.

Stick with OEM brake pads and rotors. There are literally dozens of vendors online where you could purchase them cheap.
Drilled/slotted rotors will only give you more headaches, harsh braking, and less contact area with the brake pad.
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That would be a mistake.

Stick with OEM brake pads and rotors. There are literally dozens of vendors online where you could purchase them cheap.
Drilled/slotted rotors will only give you more headaches, harsh braking, and less contact area with the brake pad.
Yes you have less contact but there is no evidence that drilled rotors effect stopping distances negatively and there are a number of not totoally scientific studies that suggest drilled rotors actually shorten stopping distances when they are warmed up.

Plus this guy is obviously looking to do this on the cheap and if he is going to go the cheap rout the kit jfoj suggested isn't half bad.
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This works as well. What I'm gonna order for my car
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Thanks man that was a lot of help! I'm buying a set of rotors and pads for 170 on ebay
I recommend you to stay away from ebay parts such as brakes, suspension, and any performance parts that are not named brand spend a little extra money on some good rotors and pads it will be better in the long run! Good luck
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Yes you have less contact but there is no evidence that drilled rotors effect stopping distances negatively and there are a number of not totoally scientific studies that suggest drilled rotors actually shorten stopping distances when they are warmed up.

Plus this guy is obviously looking to do this on the cheap and if he is going to go the cheap rout the kit jfoj suggested isn't half bad.
Drilled and slotted rotors have the purpose to reduce brake fade on the track, and would apply to moreso to BBKs, not some small stock 325 rotors.

My 12 year old 325 outbrakes brand new cars and is running blanks.
A set of blank brembo rotors and OEM pads would cost the same as those no-name kits.
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Dang I just ordered them ill see if I can cancel my order
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