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    Need to do pads and rotors all round as well as flush and refill brake fluid.

    I am having a tough time choosing the right pads and rotors whether to go with OEM, OM or a set of these drilled/grooved set by Brembo, Mintex or Yellowstuff.

    I noticed that on my car the pads do not cover the full width/breadth of the rotor disc, is this normal?
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    Avoid "sports" pads like the plague they are fecking awful for day to day use, they are slow to warm up and bite when hot, hate them. As for disks, drilled ones are just for bragging rights and grooved ones are just noisey, drilled ones in particular rust badly and so are a false economy.

    Use one of the nice ECP 30% discount codes they always have and buy a nice set of Pagid disk and pads (Pagid/Textar are the same and Textar and ATE are BMW OEM suppliers)

    You should have a small lip either side of the disk wear area but if this is big you have the wrong pads in the calipers
     
     

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    Drilled and grooved can suffer from thermal damage so won't last a long as grooved or just vented.
    I'm in agreement with Matt on the pads, but others prefer fast road pads so it's a personal preference.
    On my old 320d I opted for Pagid rotors & pads all around and couldn't fault them.
    Recently done my 330ci and got platinum meylehd rotors & jurid pads which are doing the job their meant to do

    edit - moved to chassis & brakes forum.

    Sent from my GT-I9100
     
     

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    thank you for all of the advice, I only do heavy braking when I am going fast on a long road and need to drop from 130 to 70 or even 50 quite quickly. Other than that I don't do any silly driving and don't require anything amazing other than a well built and engineered set of rotors and pads that won't warp under heavy braking
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    I have never had a Pagid disk warp on me and I am a monkey for leaving it to the last minute to brake from my norml cruising speed when I come of the M4 junction 14
     
     

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    Brembo MAX and Textar were a good, reliable combination on my old E46. Maybe something to consider OP
     
     

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    im using brembo disks and ferodo premium pads
    good stopping power not much dust
    have had them on for 2 years now
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by payno View Post
    im using brembo disks and ferodo premium pads
    good stopping power not much dust
    have had them on for 2 years now
    That Evo requires that kind of set up mate
     
     

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    I have just read in Performance BMW magazine that:

    "M3 rotors/discs will bolt straight on a 330i" - is this true or not? any benefits other than looking better than OEM discs for the "non-M" models?

    pads aren't an option here because I would need to alter the 330i calliper carrier bracket to fit the M3 callipers to house the pads.

    I have seen some "brake kits" listed on eBay, is it worth looking at these if I want a better response?
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    E39 - 2002 M5 - Oxford Green with gold interior - current
    E38 - 1997 750iL - Black with black interior
    E46 - 2002 330i Convertible - Gold with gold interior
     
     

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