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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 01-21-2013, 09:24 PM   #1
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Another Brake Pad Thread.....

I don't care about dustless crap. I really don't mind cleaning my wheels. All I care about is them being quiet and having a high biting point. Ok go!




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I think this is what I'll go with. I've never tried them.
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I think this is what I'll go with. I've never tried them.

They have a comparatively low MOT. As long as you do not push them hard - they should be okay. But if you push them past their MOT - prepare for them to just go away. They are also noisy and some people report glazed rotors.

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Are you kidding me? OE is textar. You get OE pads for your bmw if you want it to stop like a bmw.

Try another brand and I'll have to report you to the authorities!
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:49 PM   #9
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StopTech street performance pads for sure - far better than the Textar (OEM) pads. Did a track day with both and the StopTech were better for sure, daily driving I have the same feedback - StopTech's were again better. Track pad, can't beat the Cobalts.
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Better for sure? I won't argue, but 'better' means 'better' for the OP for the driving he's doing. In rain, cold, snowy mountain passes. Also, my textars lasted 60K miles in the front...the rears were only half worn at the time.

You're comparing OE and these pads on the track. How do you know they were better on the street...you swapped them out and did side-by-side comparison...measured stopping distance sort of test?

Anyway, I'm naturally skeptical of many things, but with brakes, I'm moreso. The bmw engineers could have specified any pad they wanted...they picked one compound. I want my car to stop like a bmw, and I have to live with rain, snow, etc...I'm not taking the risk...nothing personal. Did you test the stoptechs in the rain against OE in the rain, on the street?

Anyway, I like the OP, and think he deserves to hear my concern about taking one person's anecdotal feedback over our friends the bmw engineers, who have years and years of data, many millions of dollars invested in testing and research.

Minimike...I swear, I'll hunt you down then don't know what I'd do if you ignore my brilliant advise to put bmw parts on your bmw.
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What's the point in stopping like a BMW when and if the other brake pad is capable of stopping like a better BMW?
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What's the point in stopping like a BMW when and if the other brake pad is capable of stopping like a better BMW?
Because of the risk of trusting someone on the Internet who says 'these pads are better' and having them be wrong (nothing personal scca)...or have them be wrong for the OP and the sort of driving he does, in the weather he does.

...and then, let's say he stops sooner with these pads (which I doubt)...what about rotor wear? I'll get 120K miles on my front rotors and probably double that on the rears.

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Better for sure? I won't argue, but 'better' means 'better' for the OP for the driving he's doing. In rain, cold, snowy mountain passes. Also, my textars lasted 60K miles in the front...the rears were only half worn at the time.

You're comparing OE and these pads on the track. How do you know they were better on the street...you swapped them out and did side-by-side comparison...measured stopping distance sort of test?

Anyway, I'm naturally skeptical of many things, but with brakes, I'm moreso. The bmw engineers could have specified any pad they wanted...they picked one compound. I want my car to stop like a bmw, and I have to live with rain, snow, etc...I'm not taking the risk...nothing personal. Did you test the stoptechs in the rain against OE in the rain, on the street?

Anyway, I like the OP, and think he deserves to hear my concern about taking one person's anecdotal feedback over our friends the bmw engineers, who have years and years of data, many millions of dollars invested in testing and research.

Minimike...I swear, I'll hunt you down then don't know what I'd do if you ignore my brilliant advise to put bmw parts on your bmw.
Indeed I have done back to back comparisons. The StopTechs are better on the street and track.. Not comparing either of them to Cobalts as there is no comparison - the cobalts are a track pad only. The StopTechs are a "street performance" pad - hence they are suited for daily street driving

Brake pad manufacturers have done just as much research in the braking area as that is their only direction of focus, they don't have to worry about engineering a car as the auto manufacturer has done that for them

No offense taken, I know that my statement is legit/valid as I have "real world" experience testing the different pads (as have many of my customers).
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Because of the risk of trusting someone on the Internet who says 'these pads are better' and having them be wrong (nothing personal scca)...or have them be wrong for the OP and the sort of driving he does, in the weather he does.

...and then, let's say he stops sooner with these pads (which I doubt)...what about rotor wear? I'll get 120K miles on my front rotors and probably double that on the rears.

Minimike, you know I want you and Imsofreakinwhite to live a long, happy life together, right? I won't tell Albeee or Kalim, btw! You enjoy yourself!
This is on your 328? An M car won't get the same life out of brakes compared to an lesser powered car - that being said, the only pads that I mentioned that will compromise the rotor life would be the Cobalts as they are a race pad and are far more aggressive than street pads.
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Because of the risk of trusting someone on the Internet who says 'these pads are better' and having them be wrong (nothing personal scca)...or have them be wrong for the OP and the sort of driving he does, in the weather he does.

...and then, let's say he stops sooner with these pads (which I doubt)...what about rotor wear? I'll get 120K miles on my front rotors and probably double that on the rears.

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