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Re: Brake pad discussion; good, bad & ugly? (archive)

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Posted by KJK on November 16, 2000 at 13:19:33:

In Reply to: Brake pad discussion; good, bad & ugly? posted by Leon on November 16, 2000 at 12:38:52:

I just installed Mintex redbox on my M5 and am quite happy--very little dust. They do fade if you abuse them but are otherwise fine for the street (i.e. one hard stop). They replaced PF carbon metallics and now I run Cool Willy's on the track. The PF's were too grabby for a street pad and very difficult to modulate. The Cool Willy's are much more linear--the PF's kind of heat up while you are braking and increase their grab.

Which pads are the best pads for street? Major criteria is low dust and obviously shortest braking distance.

GOOD: ???

BAD: I've just recently installed Porterfield R4S and I'm NOT impressed. Actually I'm quite disappointed, they're less dust but not nearly as effective as the OEM pads. With OEM pads, I could trigger the ABS system quite readily in spirited stops. With the R4S pads, it definitely takes abit more pedal pressure to trigger the ABS system.

UGLY: OEM pads seems to provide great short braking distance but with lots of ugly dust. It's a love-hate thing.

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