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Old 07-17-2011, 08:26 PM   #1
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What do you guys recommend for brake pads?

Well last week i destroyed what was left of my front brake pads at the autocross, so i wanted to get some opinions. I've never owned a e46, i had some e36s and an e30. I tried searching but i couldn't come up with a solid conclusion.

I'm gonna do the rotors and pads. I'll prolly get brembo blanks for rotors. I looked into pagid pads on bavauto.

But if i could get some opinions i'd appreciate it.
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Old 07-17-2011, 08:40 PM   #2
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Check out ECS --> http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-323.../Braking/Pads/

I currently have OEM textars and they're really good. I've heard mixed reviews about Akebono and other ceramic pads. While you do have less brake dust, I've heard that the stopping power is pretty crappy. I think Pagid has some blue pads for street and light track use. But I would stick to OEM though. So far I have been very pleased with the Textars.
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Old 07-17-2011, 08:49 PM   #3
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I Auto-X and track my bimmer and my last couple of brake jobs I went with EBC rotors and EBC Green stuff pads. Works for the track, Auto-X and street. Just my two and a half cents worth...
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Old 07-17-2011, 09:02 PM   #4
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Im really happy with Performance Friction Z-rated pads. I don't track or autocross, but I do aggressive canyon and industrial center driving.
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:11 AM   #5
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:17 AM   #6
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What the heck, I'll be the first. I recommend... the search feature of the forum!

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Old 07-18-2011, 05:57 AM   #7
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What the heck, I'll be the first. I recommend... the search feature of the forum!

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Old 07-18-2011, 06:27 AM   #8
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C'mon Doug - time to chime in with some wise words!
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Old 07-18-2011, 06:37 AM   #9
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Ugly color, that fern green.

Textar pads now say "Textar/pagid" and I've read, and believe, the compound is identical...but on OE, Textar is larger than Pagid in the printing!

I have Textars and don't think you should get pads for track if you do it rarely.

If you search, and do it right, you're not supposed to be a able to reach a conclusion.

It's pretty rare that we disagree here on stuff, but on the few occasions I've found some difference of opinion, I've always found that reading until you can begin to see tiny droplets of coolant coming out of your pores helps a lot. The blue is easy to see. As soon as you see it, make a decision--it will be the right one.
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Old 07-18-2011, 06:40 AM   #10
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C'mon Doug - time to chime in with some wise words!
I probably would have said something anyway, Steve, but now you owe everyone an apology for 'forcing' me into it.

You read what I wrote? No way anyone will understand. I don't even know what I wrote!

I've been thinking of fashioning my own all aluminum pads so I'll get really good life out of them, but mostly because I think they'd have a very unique look with pink calipers. I've also been thinking of just going for it, and trying pink sponges from walmart. I know I'd lose stopping power and they wouldn't last long, but they certainly would stop the car at some point, be inexpensive, and frankly, again, look incredibly unique.
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I'm truly sorry I forced Doug to speak in tongues. I hope no one did anything rash based on his obtuse musings.

He's so cool they named a car after him - the Isuzu D MAX ute!!
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PFC Z-Rated pads are my choice. As mentioned above, I too do spirited canyon driving and these pads have met and exceeded my expectations. They could very possibly be used for light autoX usage as well. Research these!
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:21 AM   #13
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If in the years this forum has been in action we haven't been able to agree on the "perfect" brake pads for E46 cars, it's unlikely this thread will get you any better answers

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Old 07-18-2011, 09:57 AM   #15
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Could we just create some program that randomly combines all the options available. How far off could it be?

So, two spinning pie charts is what we need? Maybe someone could sneak "sponges" onto the pad wheel?

Ninja edit: Jake...didn't mean to infer your suggestion wasn't good at all, but coming from you, I do know it'd stop the car very well!
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:56 AM   #16
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:58 AM   #17
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i have had akebono's for about a year now, no complaints. I don't x-cross or brake overly hard, so can't comment too much on that. I do love the low brake dust, my wheels stay clean for much longer
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:59 AM   #18
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Old 07-18-2011, 12:05 PM   #19
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I replaced with OEM blanks and textars 4.5 years ago on all four corners in my manual.

About 3 months ago or so, I got the brake pad indicator light.

My front pads had 1.5 mm left on them when I replaced them 700 miles after the indicator.

My rotors were flat and good for another run. The front pads lasted 60K miles.

The rear pads are only halfway down, and I imagine the rear rotor won't be below minimum thickness again for around 240K miles (but they'll get replaced before, I'm sure!).

Textars...identical to the pad from BMW. BTW, saw a current OE pad: it said Textar with a smaller "Pagid" underneath. They're married now somehow!
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Ive had good results with Hawk Performance pads. The race pads were annoying soundwise, but they stop excellently!!
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