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Old 12-28-2012, 03:05 PM   #1
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What brakes are good

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Looking to replace the brakes and rotors

Should I get Ceramic or Semi-metalic
Also what is a good brand
I am looking at the:

1. Wagner Thermo Quiet Semi metalic/ and ceramics
2. Wagner Quick Stop Semi Metalic/ and ceramic
3. Beck/Arnley Semi Metalic/ or ceramics (Apparently they are the same brand of Zimmerman)
4. Raybestos professional grade semi-metalic

What are your inputs, I am a daily driver. Perhaps someone has some experience with some of these brakes.
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Old 12-28-2012, 03:13 PM   #2
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Old 12-28-2012, 03:24 PM   #3
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EBC RedStuff. EBC makes great brake parts. Their quality control is really up there.
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Old 12-28-2012, 03:26 PM   #4
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last time i installed ebc green stuff brake pads and ebc slotted rotors, i nearly crashed. they overheated drastically (driving very mildly on the street) when the fluid boiled and pedal sank all the way to the floor. This was 10 years ago on my 2002 civic (brand new civic) so i'm not sure if their stuff is better now.
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Old 12-28-2012, 03:33 PM   #5
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I replaced mine with Padgid and love them, they aren't as dusty as OEM but still dusty. I believe OEM is Textar though if you wanna go that route.

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Old 12-28-2012, 03:36 PM   #6
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Stock is always good. Or if you want to spend some extra money the bmw performance rotors are a little bit lighter and slotted. I have a set with stock pads and if nothing else they look good.
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Old 12-28-2012, 04:32 PM   #7
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I wanted to keep the stopping power so avoided ceramics. I went with Akembo pads I believe, and brembo rotors. From what I understand that's OEM.
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Old 12-28-2012, 04:37 PM   #8
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i have stoptech drilled/slotted rotors, akebono pads, motul red fluid. Slightly better braking performance than stock for me. but then again I have an M.
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I wanted to keep the stopping power so avoided ceramics. I went with Akembo pads I believe, and brembo rotors. From what I understand that's OEM.
Nope. Both aftermarket companies.

You meant Akebono, btw.
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BMW parts would be OEM.
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BMW parts would be OE.

BMW parts with the roundels scratched off and/or identified by an OEM supplier would be OEM.

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last time i installed ebc green stuff brake pads and ebc slotted rotors, i nearly crashed. they overheated drastically (driving very mildly on the street) when the fluid boiled and pedal sank all the way to the floor. This was 10 years ago on my 2002 civic (brand new civic) so i'm not sure if their stuff is better now.
I've been told to stay away from GreenStuff as well, but RedStuff seems to be the sweet spot.
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I'm running Zimmermann Rotors & Ate pads. If I were to do it all over again, I would get Ate rotors & textar pads or jurid pads.
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i love the brembos except the rusting. sholud have painted it or gone zimmerman since i think they are coated. dont like the zimmermans?

i'm using ate pads front, textar pads rear.
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i love the brembos except the rusting. sholud have painted it or gone zimmerman since i think they are coated. dont like the zimmermans?

i'm using ate pads front, textar pads rear.
The zimmermann rotors are excellent. Absolutely no complaints. No rusting problem either.

I have reason to believe the OE rotors are actually manufactured by Ate, so what's why I'd probably go Ate next time. I feel they might be cheaper as well by a few dollars.
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I wanted to keep the stopping power so avoided ceramics. I went with Akembo pads I believe, and brembo rotors. From what I understand that's OEM.
I have the same setup as you for my fronts they are pretty good.
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The zimmermann rotors are excellent. Absolutely no complaints. No rusting problem either.

I have reason to believe the OE rotors are actually manufactured by Ate, so what's why I'd probably go Ate next time. I feel they might be cheaper as well by a few dollars.
IIRC, the Ate and Genuine BMW rotors look different. I don't think any other branded rotors match the dark gray look of the BMW ones. While ATE might make a lot of OE brake components for BMW, not 100% sure about the rotors. check it out
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I run Stoptec Rotors and pads, They work great for the track but they are a bit noisy. If your 100% street use just go stock
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Bmw oem. Dust yeah, but comes with the territory. Stop trying to fight it. Look at every other European car, same issue.
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To give you an idea on the dust that comes off my stoptec rotors/pads, My rims where perfectly clean before i went to take that picture, I drove maybe an hour and they looked like that.
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