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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 10-13-2008, 02:29 PM   #1
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Track Pad recomendations

Having just finished my track day season, and having gone through 6 front and 4 rear sets of pads in 10 track days, I was wondering if anyone out there had a recomendation about good TRACK pads. I don't car about dust, noise, or any of that stuff. I have used OEM, TMS Cool Willys, and Axxis/PBR ULTs. I would like to be able to get a little more life out of my pads (less than 2 days per set this year).

My car is street driven only to and from the track, so a full race pad will still be fine. Oh, and I use Hoosier R6 R Comp. tires, so I have LOTS of grip (which is why I have been tearing through lesser pads).

Any recomendations would be GREAT! I have been considering Pagid Orange or Blacks, as many Porsche guys I run with love them, but don't want to spend that much $$$ if I only get 1.5-2 days out of them. I know Hawk DTCs are also gaining popularity.
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Old 10-13-2008, 03:42 PM   #2
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Well, you really haven't run a track pad at all based on what you wrote. You'll find everyone has their preference, here's mine. I LOVE the PF01's. They last and last and last, are easy to modulate, have great bite, etc. I'm currently using Hawk DTC70's and I like them, but I prefer the 01's more. NASA has a deal on the Hawk's, so that's why I'm currently running em.
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Old 10-13-2008, 04:41 PM   #3
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Old 10-13-2008, 10:04 PM   #4
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Thumbs Up Pf-01

Another vote for the PF-01 brake pad for driving school use. I get at least 40 thirty minute driving sessions out of the front pads and double that on the rears.
They ain't cheap but they do wear well and don't chew up rotors.
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Old 10-14-2008, 12:26 AM   #5
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+1 to PFC 01's, or possibly PFC06's(although I have no personal experience with these). Call BimmerWorld...
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Old 10-14-2008, 06:56 AM   #6
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Well, you really haven't run a track pad at all based on what you wrote. .
Well, TMS markets the Cool Willys as a track pad, but it does not hold up. I "downgraded" to the Axxis ULTs as I was getting better life out of them than the Cool Willys, similar on track performance, and they cost about half what the Cool Willys did. Even with cooling ducts and backing plates I am getting caliper temps in the 750+F range back in the pits (after a lap of cooldown).

Right now I am leaning towards hawk pads, partially due to cost, as I am looking to stay at a sub-$200 per axle cost for pads. My home track is very hard on brakes, and I do not want a $2,000 per season budget just for brake pads!
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Old 10-14-2008, 02:22 PM   #7
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the Blues aren't the greatest track pads, plus they're harsh on the rotors...
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Old 10-14-2008, 06:48 PM   #9
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Old 10-16-2008, 05:03 PM   #10
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I have had very good luck with the PFC-01 compound, I get about 10-12 track days out of a set(I drive Laguna Seca and AutoClub Speedway quite often, heavy braking tracks).
Hawk DTC-70 would be a good pad also, newer technology than the PFC-01.
The Hawk Blue is old technology, I would stay away from them unless you want to clean up your rotors between pad swaps.
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