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Semi-metallic Pads (archive)

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Posted by FWK-Z3 on February 12, 2000 at 08:55:39:

In Reply to: Brake Dust--A Solution? posted by Greg on February 11, 2000 at 21:20:48:

The best solution is to change your brake pads for semi-metallics.

The problem is that the pads in the Z3 (as in most cars) are way too soft. This is supposedly to meet a silly Federal standard for maximum pedal force should your vacuum servo fail (highly unlikely). Whenever I buy a car, the first thing I trash (assuming it doesn't have DRL's) are the factory pads. I have used Metal Masters and Mintex Red Box pads and each are vastly better than the plaster pasties shipped from the factory - they fade a whole lot less and don't cover the car and wheels in dust. I would however get some anti-squeel compound for them.

I have also used to discs. Contrary to popular opinion, they do not cause brake heating. I would look for Kleen Wheels as they have TUV approval. My complaint with discs are that they make your car look like you have cheap wheel covers.

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