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Old 07-14-2010, 10:48 PM   #1
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Help picking brake replacement

Hey folks,

I have had some vibration from my brakes recently and have decided to replace them myself. I am trying to decide which parts to get. I want to stay as close to oem feel as possible while getting a good price. Is it worth it to get oem over aftermarket?

The pads that Ive read about.
Textar (oem?)
Performance Friction -Z

I was also wondering about the performance of the replacements on pelican parts. such as pagid, ate, akebono and jurid.

As far as rotors what are some good choices and how do they match with the pads.
The two I have in mind right now are zimmerman coated z and oem.

Any light shed on this would be helpful. I also know that a few of the sponsers have brake packages that are supposed to be good and was wondering how they compared to OEM.
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Old 07-14-2010, 10:56 PM   #2
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I have used replacement brake kits from stoptech and uuc, and I have to say that I have been extremely pleased with both. The pads that come in the kits are MUCH better in regards to brake dust, and each of these kits have lasted me a long time. They are a little pricier than just going all oem, but I have always leaned toward the slotted rotors. Just a personal preference.

If you go with oem rotors, you can always go with Axxis ultimate (lot less brake dust and great performance - not expensive) or go with Hawk, etc. for a little more performance if you are a spirited driver.

There are a lot of pads for our cars on the market, and I think that they all have their merrits. Just really depends on what your driving style and demands from equipment are I suppose.
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Old 07-15-2010, 12:14 AM   #3
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There are some Aftermarket will perform much better then OEM and with less dust. Also, Price much lower

As for Pads I would check out Performance Friction Z-Rated Pads and Stoptech Street Performance Pads. Both Great pads and priced Very Well.

As for Rotors - Brembo, OEM, Centric or Zimmermans.

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Old 07-15-2010, 12:33 PM   #4
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+1 on Stoptech St. Performance pads...
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Old 07-16-2010, 06:10 PM   #5
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+1 on Stoptech St. Performance pads...
I did the same from Zach H.

Also, Performance Friction makes an OEM sized rotor no? The are far better than OEM for repeated hard stops, but $$. I use centrics on my M3 at the advice of E39M5 owners. Centrics are perfectly acceptable nowadays.
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Old 07-19-2010, 01:13 PM   #6
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Thanks for the input. I rarely do spirited driving in atlanta but would like a good initial bite like the OEM pads. I think I will be getting zimmerman rotors. Any comments on the pads from pelican parts? Right now Performance Friction Z-Rated and textar are still my top picks.

I also don't mind dusting as I wash my car almost every weeks and have black wheels.
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Old 07-19-2010, 04:12 PM   #7
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tisher bmw has a really good price on the floating rotors from the euro 330i. Check it out under their perfomance section I think they were less than $80 a pop
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