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matty.dc
04-22-2009, 02:53 PM
What do you guys think are the best "street" brake pads from past experience. I need new ones for the e30. Also what give a better braking power? Ceramic or semi-metallic?

T.Dot_E30
04-22-2009, 03:01 PM
Hawk HPS are my favorites so far......

E30 pads last to damn long, so i haven't had a chance to test that many different types. My last set lasted me 80k.

Ceeker
04-22-2009, 03:06 PM
I personally have found oem brakes the best. The only down side is that it's not so affordable and the amount of brake dust which they create. More then other brake pads.
Anytime I need mine changed I break down and buy bmw. BMW pads are chamferred, they are cut on an angle on both sides to prevent build up and break squeal. aftermarkets are not always made with this feature.
I have owned aftermarket disks and pads for my vw - which had cross drilled rotors that were good. I used kevlar material pads (EBC greens-I think this was the brand) for street use. Braking was amazing, very low brake dust buildup and kept my disk alive for about 2 or 3 brake jobs. Wear was minimal. you needed to do some light breaking at first to get them to grab. Material needed to warm up to be affective.

The avg. mileage on a set of brakes is 35-50k

e30_kid89
04-22-2009, 03:15 PM
I'm running PBR ceramic pads and they bite pretty good, and didn't fade at the track. I still want to try some Hawk HP+ and see how they do.

lvan
04-22-2009, 04:01 PM
To get 80K on the brakes, you gotta be disciplined driver IMO. Good!

Axxe
04-22-2009, 04:02 PM
To get 80K on the brakes, you gotta be disciplined driver IMO. Good!

Grannies say they drive as slow as Trevor.

Ej_Red
04-22-2009, 04:52 PM
I'm getting some rear pads for $20

Ceeker
04-22-2009, 05:23 PM
cheaper ain't always better...buyer beware!!

craz azn
04-22-2009, 07:47 PM
+1 on PBR Ceramics. Grabs well when cold, good feel. They do get hot if you abuse them at the racetrack, but you have to be really working them out. I don't see why you would need anymore than that, especially for the street. Only downside is they dust. Way I see it is, if it doesn't dust, its a junky pad. Even OEM dusts a fair amount.

bmwm5lover
04-22-2009, 07:51 PM
Grannies say they drive as slow as Trevor.

I can attest to that, just playing Trev.
I am a huge fan of HP+ pads.

matty.dc
04-22-2009, 07:58 PM
hmmm the PBR ceramics seem to be a decent buy i think ill try those out....thanks guys!

SamE30e
04-22-2009, 09:20 PM
I'm running PBR ceramic pads and they bite pretty good, and didn't fade at the track. I still want to try some Hawk HP+ and see how they do.

+1 on the PBR's I have them and have went absolutly balls out on them for like 20 minutes straight and no sign of fading.

T.Dot_E30
04-22-2009, 09:30 PM
Grannies say they drive as slow as Trevor.

Hey! I drive hard at times! Just in traffic going up the DVP there isn't much point. (Althou Terry blasted by weaving in and out).

I corner and brake hard, just don't speed much unless there is a point.

juzer
04-22-2009, 11:50 PM
brembo brake pads, good quality, low price

bmwm5lover
04-23-2009, 11:33 AM
Hey! I drive hard at times! Just in traffic going up the DVP there isn't much point. (Althou Terry blasted by weaving in and out).

I corner and brake hard, just don't speed much unless there is a point.

O ya, I have no patience for the DVP. I'm on it way too much.:D