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    Default Brake options ( Rotors & Pads)

    I need to replace my rotors and pads in the near future. Have done some reading, but not much consensus to be found.

    The car is a fun daily driver, and is going to likely see it's first bit of track time this year.

    I have no interested in slotted or drilled rotors, as I don't see a major benefit.

    Rotor wise I was leaning towards OEM, but have read some good things about Centric. Other ideas ?

    Pads are a tough call, I really like the bite of OEM, but hate the dust. Had Hawk HPS on my old 3, and missed the initial bite of OEM. OEM pads are also expensive.
    Am thinking of the Stoptech Posi Quiets..
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    Default Re: Brake options ( Rotors & Pads)

    Have you looked into EBC's offering?
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    Default Re: Brake options ( Rotors & Pads)

    Quote Originally Posted by S.F.W. View Post
    I need to replace my rotors and pads in the near future. Have done some reading, but not much consensus to be found.

    The car is a fun daily driver, and is going to likely see it's first bit of track time this year.

    I have no interested in slotted or drilled rotors, as I don't see a major benefit.

    Rotor wise I was leaning towards OEM, but have read some good things about Centric. Other ideas ?

    Pads are a tough call, I really like the bite of OEM, but hate the dust. Had Hawk HPS on my old 3, and missed the initial bite of OEM. OEM pads are also expensive.
    Am thinking of the Stoptech Posi Quiets..
    Aftermarket pads (anything) are expensive with our dollar right now... I would go with OEM pads and NAPA premium rotors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwdunmore View Post
    Aftermarket pads (anything) are expensive with our dollar right now... I would go with OEM pads and NAPA premium rotors.
    @pwdunmore actually I think aftermarket even with the dollar is less expensive than OEM. OEM have an MSRP ~$250 for the front and ~$200 rear.

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    Default Re: Brake options ( Rotors & Pads)

    Quote Originally Posted by S.F.W. View Post
    Am thinking of the Stoptech Posi Quiets..
    I have those on my Speed3 and I really like them.. significantly less dust than OEM. I also switched my rotors to slotted Centrics at the same time. With the combo I noticed braking has much less initial bite and but is very progressive. I have had to make a few emergency stops and they worked well to say the least.

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    Default Re: Brake options ( Rotors & Pads)

    I changed rotors and pads last year for the first time on my 2007 MS3. Because the OEM rotors served so well I decided to stick with what has worked, the price is very reasonable too. I changed the pads to Stoptech which I purchased from CTA Motorsports. I am happy with this setup and am sure they will serve trouble free for a number of years.

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    Default Re: Brake options ( Rotors & Pads)

    Also look into ebc redstuff they are supposed to be good pads for dd with occasional autox and track. For rotors I would go with centric blanks. Not sure if you are getting the brake fluid changed but thats something to look at as well.

    Look at the packages at knsbrakes. They have a good selection and very competitive pricing.

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    Default Re: Brake options ( Rotors & Pads)

    I have oem rotors with stoptech pads and I'm happy

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    Really enjoying my OEM rotors + EBC yellows. Performed great while autocrossing and well mannered on the street, even in winter.

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    Default Re: Brake options ( Rotors & Pads)

    Quote Originally Posted by S.F.W. View Post
    @pwdunmore actually I think aftermarket even with the dollar is less expensive than OEM. OEM have an MSRP ~$250 for the front and ~$200 rear.
    Just keep in mind dollar sucks... OEM is expensive as usual. Edge has EBC OEM spec pads that are cheap, kinda interested to see if they are good or not.

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    Set of ms3 front Stoptech slotted rotors and pads will set you back under $300 shipped from rock auto. I have been happy with this combo thus far.

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    Default Re: Brake options ( Rotors & Pads)

    I am in the same boat here and am not sure what to go with. I will be doing a handful of track days this year. My biggest worry is glazing the pads.

    JRP quoted me $750 for Stoptech Sport Kit which is Stoptech/Centric Slotted rotors front and back, Stoptech Street Performance pads front and back and braided brake lines front and back. Does anyone have this and use it for track duty? Should I be looking at something else?
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    I'm on OEM rotors with Corksport pads...quite happy.
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    Default Re: Brake options ( Rotors & Pads)

    Quote Originally Posted by betterthansx View Post
    I am in the same boat here and am not sure what to go with. I will be doing a handful of track days this year. My biggest worry is glazing the pads.

    JRP quoted me $750 for Stoptech Sport Kit which is Stoptech/Centric Slotted rotors front and back, Stoptech Street Performance pads front and back and braided brake lines front and back. Does anyone have this and use it for track duty? Should I be looking at something else?
    For a handful of track days do you really want to spend the money on upgrading your lines ?

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    I'm on OEM rotors with Corksport pads...quite happy.
    I should research the CS pads, haven't read that much about that setup.

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    Default Re: Brake options ( Rotors & Pads)

    I like them better than Hawk HPS pads...they've got a bit more bite, not quite OEM, but good enough to give you confidence. Along with the typical lack of fade, dust, noise and such that you want. I'd buy them again.

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    This could be good reading material to help with all your braking needs:

    http://oppositelock.jalopnik.com/bra...-st-1688020147

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    Default Re: Brake options ( Rotors & Pads)

    Quote Originally Posted by S.F.W. View Post
    For a handful of track days do you really want to spend the money on upgrading your lines ?



    I should research the CS pads, haven't read that much about that setup.
    Why wouldn't you for how simple the install is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by betterthansx View Post
    Why wouldn't you for how simple the install is?
    More fragile than OEM, harder to diagnose issues such as leaks.

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    I got HPS pads front and rear, front DBA slotted rotors (something with kangaroo paw), OEM rear rotors.

    Worked well for me especially during sudden hard braking. Haven't locked the brakes, not even once.

    HPS pads as you mentioned didn't have the initial bite, but I think I can live with that.

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    I just got Front and Rear OEM ATE pads from Rock Auto shipped to my door for $169. The $169 included the 20% US to Can conversion, shipping, taxes, customs/brokerage fees and anything else they charged. Not bad considering the stealership quoted me $375 plus taxes. When I ordered they said it would be almost 2 weeks (April 6th was my delivery day) and they arrived today...wow.

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    To those who have used the EBC Yellowstuff, how would you compare them to OEM? I used EBC pads on my bike and they were amazing. The best out there in my opinion, but I do not know anyone who has used their automotive pads.
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    I just ordered this kit. Price is comparable to other options. Anyone have questions/comments/concerns or a review on either the brakes or the company?

    I'll give my thoughts upon delivery and install.

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    I ordered stop tech high carbon rotors and hawk 5.0 pads

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    Quote Originally Posted by betterthansx View Post
    To those who have used the EBC Yellowstuff, how would you compare them to OEM? I used EBC pads on my bike and they were amazing. The best out there in my opinion, but I do not know anyone who has used their automotive pads.
    Hey, just saw this. I'm running EBC Yellows on OEM rotors for autocross and street.

    Compared to OEM, I'd say they have a very slight disadvantage in initial bite but quite a bit more ultimate stopping power. Haven't yet gotten them to fade but I've also never tracked; most heat I've gotten into them was probably on a twisty back road, autocross doesn't heat them all that much.

    They dust as much if not a bit more than OEM. Ran them through the winter and the cold didn't seem to affect their performance during the warm up period. They squealed a bit after install but after the break in period it became much less frequent. Overall, I'm really happy with them for what I use them for.

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    Default Re: Brake options ( Rotors & Pads)

    Quote Originally Posted by S.F.W. View Post
    I ordered stop tech high carbon rotors and hawk 5.0 pads
    hey @S.F.W., I'm in the market for rotors and pads for my MZ3 and came across this thread. How do you find the stop tech / hawk 5.0 combo on your MS3? And where'd purchase the parts from? Thanks for your help, Ami!

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