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Old 10-19-2016, 03:02 PM   #1
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Brakes: Rotors and Pads - Experience and preference?

Hi Guys

I'm about to do my brakes in a month and was curious what everyone's experience with certain brake pads/rotors are with their e46s.

I tend to use 'rock auto' as Canadian auto parts are simply more expensive so I only have some restrictions.


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Old 10-19-2016, 03:06 PM   #2
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Zimmerman rotors, Textar or Jurid pads.
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Old 10-19-2016, 03:18 PM   #3
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If you drive your Bimmer "normally" & you aren't trying to extract incredible braking performance out of it,...there's nothing wrong with OE brakes.

If you said you're driving it hard on a regular basis, then my opinion would change.



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Old 10-19-2016, 03:19 PM   #4
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Pro Brembo, pro ATE pads is what I had on mine. You can configure to taste: http://www.e46mango.com/2016/08/so-y...s-on-your.html
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Old 10-19-2016, 03:20 PM   #5
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I've had good luck with aekbono euro ceramic pads (much less brake dust) and ECStuning drilled and slotted rotors (coated for less rust)
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Old 10-19-2016, 04:05 PM   #6
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Can't remember where I got my rotors but they are nothing special but my preferred pad is PFC Z Rated pads.
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Old 10-19-2016, 04:47 PM   #7
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Pro Zimmerman rotors and Stoptech Street or ABC Red pads
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Old 10-19-2016, 05:31 PM   #8
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Cant go wrong with Meyle rotors and Textar pads!
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Old 10-19-2016, 07:05 PM   #9
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I'll use whatever rotors I find cheap but I get decent pads that'll hold up to a couple hard stops. Last brake job was Meyle rotors and Hawk HPS.

They work well when cold, even better once they warm slightly. They started silent (with anti-squeal compound) but have recently started chirping on initial pedal application or extremely light contact.
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Old 10-19-2016, 07:09 PM   #10
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^Yeah the Hawks are good but make noise.

Really guys unless you are tracking your car AND going for that last .2 seconds off your track times, the stock pads/stock rotor design is the way to go.

Those racer pads will also eat up your rotors faster. Still good though and I don't recommend AGAINST them, but can't say they have a strong case FOR them particularly over the stock pads on a daily driven street car.

But up to you =) My brake page on post #4 has lots of good recommendations on it! it will be finished soon though so it's clearer. haven't had time yet.
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Agreed. I have this combo on the rear right now, and have been very pleasantly surprised by how well they're behaving.
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Old 10-20-2016, 02:39 AM   #12
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Akebono EUR683. Stock pads are high dust
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Old 10-20-2016, 03:34 AM   #13
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Old 10-20-2016, 05:52 AM   #14
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Akebono EUR683. Stock pads are high dust
Agreed. I used to have brake dust all over my front wheels just by the time I got home from the car-wash with the OE pads. Akebonos are what I'm currently running. You lose a wee bit of initial bite, but all the braking power is still there. Plus, virtually no dust. I didn't clean my wheels for a whole month after I put the pads on, and I could barely see the dust.

Akebono brake pads paired with Zimmerman Coat Z rotors have been working great for me for the past few months. Zero complaints.
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Old 10-24-2016, 04:34 PM   #15
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I run brembo blanks and Akebono EUR781 on all four corners. NO brake dust whatsoever. The only downside is that the Akebonos need a little more time to warm up than your OEM pads and the braking feeling is slightly reduced. The difference is negligible and only noticeable in the mornings in the first 5 minutes you start driving. Did I mention NO brake dust?

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Old 10-25-2016, 09:16 PM   #16
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Another Brembo rotor user.

I like EBC green pads. Break in layer dusts bad, but once through that almost no dusting.

Used this setup when I lived in CO on my tow rig. Found this setup held up really well running the mountains and still good to me. Some of the ceramic pads work great, but I personally don't care for how they feel.

Like how this setup works on the car even better than the truck.
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Old 10-26-2016, 05:11 PM   #17
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Agreed. I used to have brake dust all over my front wheels just by the time I got home from the car-wash with the OE pads. Akebonos are what I'm currently running. You lose a wee bit of initial bite, but all the braking power is still there. Plus, virtually no dust. I didn't clean my wheels for a whole month after I put the pads on, and I could barely see the dust.

Akebono brake pads paired with Zimmerman Coat Z rotors have been working great for me for the past few months. Zero complaints.
Same experience here with Akebono and Zimmerman, I second that! I have them on both my 330i and my 323i Love the combo
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