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    Quote Originally Posted by DriftingJames View Post
    I have just been checking the sites like ebc and seeing if there is a difference, all sites I checked they was saying the same pads for 320,325,328 models. What I was surprised at was the discs for the 325 was cheaper than the 320! Strange!

    You checked in the wrong places then...

    The same pads will fit the 320, 325 and 328 because they all use the same caliper. Most aftermarket pads use a universal friction area that fits both rotor sizes.

    Many online 'sellers' know the calipers are the same, so they just list any old pad...

    However, EBC (and possibly others) make a pad with a specially shaped friction material - just for the 300mm rotors.

    For EBC redstuff pads the part no. is DP31211C, the correct part number for 286mm rotors is DP3914C, IIRC.
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    It was ebc direct website that I was checking, but was looking at the green stuff pads, it shown the different disc size but the same pad part number. Do red stuff pads still need warn up time before the brakes are any good?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by DriftingJames View Post
    It was ebc direct website that I was checking, but was looking at the green stuff pads, it shown the different disc size but the same pad part number. Do red stuff pads still need warn up time before the brakes are any good?
    Red stuff are a reasonable compromise in that area, but probably a little more suited to heavier / more powerful cars.

    Green stuff should be ideal for your 320. Improved breaking without any extra warm up time.

    I've also double checked the EBC parts numbers:

    Basically a DPx914 is a pad for 286 mm rotors .

    DPx1211 is specially for 300mm rotors.

    (replace the x with a 2 for green stuff)
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    How bad are the pads before they have warmed up? I would prefere to have the better pads really.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by DriftingJames View Post
    How bad are the pads before they have warmed up? I would prefere to have the better pads really.
    I wouldn't say better, all compounds are a trade off. EBC do yellow stuff pads too - even better maximum bite, but longer warm up.

    Unless you spend most of your driving speeding up and slamming your anchors hard everywhere, you'll probably get better performance out of the green stuff. Your money would be better spent changing you brake fluid for some good quality stuff that hasn't been absorbing moisture for the last few years.
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    Thanks for helping, I'm fitting braided hoses at the same time so going to change the fluid aswell!
     
     

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    Hey all, just thought I would give a update! Fitted the new 325 brembo disc's, ebc green stuff pads, goodridge braided hoses and the 325 carriers! Got to say the brakes are 100% better now! Really impressed! Thanks for the advise ppl!
     
     

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    Parts bin raiding.. some of the best ways to do mods!

    Go gentle for a while (or rather make sure you follow the bed in procedure from EBC) and they'll do well.
     
     

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    yeah will do!
     
     

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