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Old 01-01-2009, 01:53 PM   #1
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Mintex Brake Pad Dust vs. OEM

It seems like there's no real hard data on how the different brake pads perform and compare to OEM and each other. Actual braking performance is beyond what I can analyze, but here's at least some actual pictures of the dust produced by Mintex's red brake pads versus OEM.

The first picture, with the cross drilled rotors, is Mintex's brake pad, on the front. The second picture is BMW OEM on the rear. Both wheels were was washed at the same time, and ordinarily the rear wheel accumulates far less brake dust. From where I wiped for contrast, you can see that the front wheel is slightly dirtier than the rear wheel, but not nearly as much as if both were BMW OEM.

FRONT MINTEX:



REAR OEM:
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Old 01-01-2009, 08:57 PM   #2
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Thanks for the post.

Something to keep in mind. Comparing front and rear brake dust may not be a fair comparison. I have all OEM pads and I notice the front rims get dustier a lot more than my rear ones - probably because there's more wear on the front brakes than rear ones during braking.

To me the front and rear photos posted show a similar level of dust. However, taking into account what I said above, the Mintex pads probably did help reduce brake dust otherwise the fronts should be noticeably dustier than the rears.
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