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    Hi All

    Looking to put a set of discs and pads onto my 535d. Anybody changed any on a 5? What if any recommendations to the forum members have?
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    I went with some original Pagid pads but got dimpled and grooved ones from CNC products one of the vendors on here. Very happy with them. Really should have upgraded the lines too but didnt do it at the time. Braided hoses will make a hell of a difference.
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    Was looking at Tar ox drilled discs and red EBC pads.

    Just want a bit more stopping power for her since the standard discs would appear to only have lasted 33k!
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    Hi mate, Tarox are very good as they are pretty much the only people now-a-days that heat treat their discs so they are less likely to warp/crack like others.

    But what I will say if you are a 'spritied' driver then do not go for any drilled discs as they will probs crack around the drilled holes.

    What I will also say, I work for a tuner and we deal with both Tarox and EBC, we have only ever seen warranty claims on Tarox discs when EBC pads are fitted so tarox will no longer offer a warranty if EBC pads are used.

    Another note, an uprated pad will offer a better braking performance increase than the discs so if I was you I would pick a better pad option than EBC, something like a fast road Tarox, Ferodo or Pagid. Even on a standard disc these will be better than just updated discs.

    EDIT: Forgot to mention, brake fluid - if this has not been changed in 2+ years you will benefit from this even if you use normal DOT 4 fluid

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    If I remember correctly, don't BMW recommend fluid changes every 2 years anyway? Mine would then be due in under a year!

    Any other tips since you seem to know your stuff for worthwhile upgrades?
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    If I remember correctly, don't BMW recommend fluid changes every 2 years anyway? Mine would then be due in under a year!

    Any other tips since you seem to know your stuff for worthwhile upgrades?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4wheeldriver View Post
    If I remember correctly, don't BMW recommend fluid changes every 2 years anyway? Mine would then be due in under a year!

    Any other tips since you seem to know your stuff for worthwhile upgrades?
    It is the same for everyone with normal DOT 4 fluid - to be changed every 2 years regardless of mileage, in short the fluid gets a water content build up and this allows the fluid to 'boil' at much lower temps than normal so you get brake fade much faster.

    If you do want to upgrade the fluid ignore DOT 5 fluid is not as great as people say - you will be best going for a performance DOT4 fluid (we use Tarox) but note this is meant to be changed every year, but if you go over that don't worry your brakes will not just stop working! :P

    Really it is all depending on your driving style, if you are just a fast road user then a disc and pad upgrade is the best option, more of a track goer you might be best looking at a bigger brake upgrade but again, you can be a track loon with just uprade discs and pads it is mainly how you use the car and how you find the brakes.

    As mentioned braided lines are a good option these will give you a better brake pedal feel & response as the fluid is going straight to the caliper pistons and pushing those out rather than expanding the OEM rubber lines.

    Hope that helps

    EDIT: Don't go for really aggressive pads if you are just a fast road user as this will ruin the 'cold' performance, as we can't race about everywhere! Something like a Tarox Strada pad or Ferodo DS2500s - I had the DS2500's in my BM with fresh normal DOT 4 fluid and oem discs, found the braking performance cold very good and I don't recall being able to fade them on track or the many times over Snakes Pass.

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