Brakes Wheels 1st Gen Tires Stoptech Street Perf. Pads

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  1. ED955S

    ED955S New Member

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    Anybody who has them in their R53? Please share your thoughts about these pads.
    One review that I've read says: this Stoptech Pad is better than Hawk HPS. Car is a modded 2004 MCS and I intend to upgrade the f / r pads to reduce dust and increase brake performance over OEM and will serve mainly for spirited street driving.
     
  2. k-huevo

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    I don't have them, but I've installed them on other MINIs. Much better than HPS in stopping performance and resistance to fade. Dusting is almost near OEM levels though. The price is really good.
     
  3. andyroo

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    Agreed with Keith.

    I have them and i like them. I thought I posted a review but it might have been on the other site.

    I hated HPS on a previous car. Made OEM subaru brakes feel even worse, which takes some effort. Horrible feel and they faded very easily.

    Stoptechs do still dust a little bit, not quite as bad as OEM, but OEM was pretty bad. They're lasting a pretty good while too.

    Good feel, cheap, decent fade resistance (haven't tracked them). I'll get them again.

    - Andrew
     
  4. ScottinBend

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    Another great alternative is the Cool carbon pads from Bavarian Auto. I replaced my horrible Hawk pads with these and I have to say these are some of the best pads I have ever run. I have had them on for just about a year and I love them. Lots of twisties with no fade and very good modulation.

    Which reminds me I need to do a review of these......
     
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    Thanks I've been wondering about those for a long time but haven't been able to find anyone that has run them. Look forward to your review!!!

    ....and yes the Hawk HPS sucks in my opinion for anything much more than driving to work and back. Actually like the Hawk performance ceramics that is on the wife's BMW better.... I'll actually make someone a deal on a set of 80% fronts that fit JCW or R56....
     
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    Here's my review of the Hawk HPS pads: they were $55 for my front BBK and $81 for the rears. And they slow the car every time I use the pedal. End of review.
     
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    Tks for the inputs. I've ordered f/r sets for $142 shipped.
     
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    Which ones?
     
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    Front Rotors are 0.82 and 0.83 inch and with grooves and will have to be resurfaced. Car has only 34,000 kms as it is only used 6 months/year but with fast street service.
    What's the minimum tolerance for the OEM rotor?
    What's the best perf. per $ OE replacement in the aftermarket?
    Tks.
     
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    BThayer23 Well-Known Member

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    My vote is for Centric rotors. Very cheap, decent quality. Brembo blanks are pretty good, too.
     
  12. k-huevo

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    19mm is the wear limit as listed in the Bentley, but your rotor says 20.4mm, .82 is not there yet.

    For cost consideration only. Zimmermann Coated Front Brake Disc OE comparable
     
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    I just put a set on, great rotor for the price. I've used them on a previous car.

    - andrew
     
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