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Old 10-14-2013, 03:05 PM   #1
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Glamor pics of my Z4 Roadster

My friends tease me because I'm always cleaning the car and never driving it. So here is proof that I actually do drive it. My wife and I took a spin down to the Catskills today and rode over the Rip Van Winkle bridge with the top down. It was 68F and sunny. Did about 120 miles today just cruising the back roads and enjoying the countryside of southeastern NY. Here are a couple of pics of my "show car". I'm so neurotic that I put special brake pads on last week that don't make black dust and dirty the wheels. I also painted the rotor hubs to freshen it up...
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Old 10-14-2013, 03:25 PM   #2
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I'm so neurotic that I put special brake pads on last week that don't make black dust and dirty the wheels.
Nice Z4, but you do know that braking will wear one thing or another. Those low-dust pads might not soil the wheels as fast, but they are wearing the rotors out faster than OE. Just saying.

Maybe your obsession with clean supercedes your concern for wearing parts out prematurely. I always found the OE brake pads stopped better.
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Old 10-14-2013, 03:34 PM   #3
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Nice Z4, but you do know that braking will wear one thing or another. Those low-dust pads might not soil the wheels as fast, but they are wearing the rotors out faster than OE. Just saying.

Maybe your obsession with clean supercedes your concern for wearing parts out prematurely. I always found the OE brake pads stopped better.
^ not sure if that first sentence is true. even if it is though, rotors are to be changed with every pad change anyway. so moot point.
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Old 10-14-2013, 03:38 PM   #4
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rotors are to be changed with every pad change anyway. so moot point.
Is this another "mango maintenance schedule" item or is this actually in print from BMW somewhere?

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Old 10-14-2013, 03:51 PM   #5
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Is this another "mango maintenance schedule" item or is this actually in print from BMW somewhere?

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Common knowledge throughout the BMW community. Techs/parts guys/aftermarket/dealership service depts, etc all say the same thing. If you look on the side of the hat of the rotor you will see a minimum thickness measurement in millimeters, when you wear through a set of pads you should be at or very near this measurement.

This is also why those same people will tell you not to turn rotors for BMW's. They are meant to be replaced with each pad change.
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Old 10-14-2013, 03:55 PM   #6
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Yes, if your rotors are below the minimum thickness etched onto the rotor then they need to be replaced, but if they aren't, they should be good until the next pad change. That is true with every car. It may be the case that the rotors and pads both need replacing, but it isn't automatic or always necessary.

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Yes, if your rotors are below the minimum thickness etched onto the rotor then they need to be replaced, but if they aren't, they should be good until the next pad change. That is true with every car. It may be the case that the rotors and pads both need replacing, but it isn't automatic or always necessary.

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^ not sure if that first sentence is true. even if it is though, rotors are to be changed with every pad change anyway. so moot point.
It's true though.

Changing rotors with pads is good practice I suppose, no doubt recommended by BMW and probably better warranted when using low-dust pads since they chew the rotors faster as they are usually of a semi-metallic composition vs OE organic. But there are new alternatives that might address both dust & rotor wear, so your point about the moot point might be a valid point.

For me, I generally mic the rotors until the minimum is reached then I wear that set of pads out & change everything the next time around. Never really had a problem with fade or pulsation with the way i drive. I have absolutely nothing but respect for people who change parts out preventively and used to do it myself. I have MB experience mostly though, and MB parts are really much more expensive than BMW. Like OE waterpumps are $350, and this would be for a '95 E320 for example. Not being a fan of aftermarket generally had me spending a lot of money on proper repairs. I've gotten to the point where I'm just sick and tired of the constant monetary hemorrhaging so I have begun to tighten the purse strings and be a lot more critical of the repairs I now perform.

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I actually did replace the rotors.....ECS Tuning had brembos for the same price as you'd pay for regular auto parts store brands.....The brake pads in question are Wearever Gold which I have used on cars for years and they don't seem to cause additional wear on the rotors. They are a semi metallic pad, but don't seem to throw brake dust like some OEM's do...
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i think you may be the first forum member to put "wearevers" on a bmw. i like the z4 and the RVW bridge is a great area and drive.
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It's true though.

Changing rotors with pads is good practice I suppose, no doubt recommended by BMW and probably better warranted when using low-dust pads since they chew the rotors faster as they are usually of a semi-metallic composition vs OE organic. But there are new alternatives that might address both dust & rotor wear, so your point about the moot point might be a valid point.

For me, I generally mic the rotors until the minimum is reached then I wear that set of pads out & change everything the next time around. Never really had a problem with fade or pulsation with the way i drive. I have absolutely nothing but respect for people who change parts out preventively and used to do it myself. I have MB experience mostly though, and MB parts are really much more expensive than BMW. Like OE waterpumps are $350, and this would be for a '95 E320 for example. Not being a fan of aftermarket generally had me spending a lot of money on proper repairs. I've gotten to the point where I'm just sick and tired of the constant monetary hemorrhaging so I have begun to tighten the purse strings and be a lot more critical of the repairs I now perform.
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This.

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