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    Hey guys

    Went to have my wheels aligned the other day and the mechanic says I need new discs and pads. He wants 400 to do the lot (ha).

    I was just wondering.....which are the best pads and discs to fit (obviously aftermarket ones which perhaps are grooved/drilled etc)...

    So I can do them myself!

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    standard discs and uprated pads are usually the way to go mate unless you really need drilled/grooved discs or just want the looks.
    Ferrodo DS2500 are very good fast road pads and more than up to light track usage
     
     

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    Thanks for these two helpful replies - will get these pads and the standard discs.

    I thought grooved/drilled discs aided braking?

    Are all the Ferrodo DS2500 pads the same or do I have to get specific ones to fit my motor?

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    they do but to be honest a decent set of pads will do more for you than a set of drilled/grooved discs and normal pads. and under normal road usage you'd be hard pressed to notice the difference certainly for the cost involved. all my fun/track cars have always ran standard discs with uprated pads and i've never had any problems, as have a lot of people i know.
    as for the pads you'll need specific ones mate. the pads are expensive but they are very good.
     
     

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    Go to gsf (german and swedish) get textar pads and brembo disc. Textar same as from dealer and brembo are spot on never had probs with them. Not sure on your spec of car but cost me £65 for both front and rear pads and £72pr discs that was for 2004yr 330i coupe. Forget all this drilled disc green pad rubbish, just end up with noisey brakes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shaft69 View Post
    Go to gsf (german and swedish) get textar pads and brembo disc. Textar same as from dealer and brembo are spot on never had probs with them. Not sure on your spec of car but cost me £65 for both front and rear pads and £72pr discs that was for 2004yr 330i coupe. Forget all this drilled disc green pad rubbish, just end up with noisey brakes.
    Good point. Generates more brake dust and wears quicker too. I run the setup you have proposed and thats works for me!
     
     

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    2 in 1 on the Brembo discs. Dries your pads as well as a wear indicator .
     
     

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    Hmm thats good to know cause I was told when I had mine seviced itd need new front discs soon, they wanted 250 to fit em
     
     

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    i recall reading somewhere that rossini (sp) discs are meant to be the cure if you keep warping discs...might've been on honest johns i saw that :s
    i fitted greenstuff on my last car,and after they bedded in i had no squealing problems.the alloys stayed a lot cleaner too
    but...ds2500 are meant to be the dogz,i'll be sourcing some when its my time
    what i've felt,what i've known
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