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    Best OEM+ pad?

    Doing a brake refresh. Likely going with Zimmerman rotors and new lines all around....plan do a track day or 2 a year. Happy keep the sessions a bit shorter to manage brakes, however wanted to get something a little better than OEM but want to avoid noise. Don't care about dust. Recommendations?

    Thanks

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    My friend uses EBC Yellowstuff on track. It is equivalent to Hawk HP+, but his doesn't squeak at all, and can be used on the street. He has an E36 M3, so I don't know if that will translate to the same noise levels in an E46, but something to look at.

    And DON'T buy Hawk HP+. Your ears will bleed.
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    I like ebc red.

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    I like stoptech Streets. I heard PFC Z rated are nice too.

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    Best OEM+ pad?

    I went with Hawk 5.0 and Brembo solid rotors about a year and a half ago and luv them. Great stopping in a shorter distance, very low dust, no noise and just very slight rust on the brake rotor hubs.


    http://www.hawkperformance.com/perfo...ance-street-50


    Definitely something to look into. These pads are a new composite, that have proved out well for me. On the rotors, Brembo uses a zinc coating that works great in keeping the rust off the non functional surfaces.

    Check Tirerack! That's where I got mine at a reasonable cost.


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    Keep in mind, he's looking to track it twice a year - most of the street pads won't be sufficient if he's an advanced driver.
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    Red is more OEM+ even though yellow would be better track suited


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    Quote Originally Posted by az3579 View Post
    Keep in mind, he's looking to track it twice a year - most of the street pads won't be sufficient if he's an advanced driver.
    I wouldn't have a problem with the Hawk 5.0s on the track unless, he's running in A class or an instructor.


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    i've been happy with the stoptech 'sport' pads. the brakes actually work when wet now. no noise, low dust, good cold bite.
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    Stoptech is amazing on the streets but man they fade real quick on the track - ask me how I know #wenttooHAM


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