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Old 12-11-2007, 02:35 AM
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Powerslots, Hawk pads, AND I painted the wheels black.
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Old 12-11-2007, 04:49 AM
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what about squealing brakes? my gf's audi does (but it's an audi thing). my bimmer didn't, so I don't know if this a Mini thing or indicator that I should get the thing looked at. the car also wasn't driven much by prev owner - 5k when I bought it (7k now) - it's 2005. I notice it squeals about 50% of the time now.
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what about squealing brakes? ....... I notice it squeals about about 50% of the time now.
Do you notice this more when there's lots of brake dust on the wheels? As brake dust builds up, it will cause a squeal. Squealing isn't abnormal. With as much metallic content as there is in OEM pads, squealing is a very normal and frequently heard noise with all cars now. You'll know when you need pads. The brake pad indicator will come on on the dash.
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Old 12-11-2007, 03:57 PM
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Do you notice this more when there's lots of brake dust on the wheels? As brake dust builds up, it will cause a squeal.
hmm-that's a good question - I'll have to pay more attention now and see if the 50% of the time I hear the squealing begins a few days after a good car wash. It's funny though, because the bmw was the supreme maker of brake dust, but the brakes never made a sound!

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You'll know when you need pads. The brake pad indicator will come on on the dash.
will the light indicate what aftermarket set of brake pads I should get????
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will the light indicate what aftermarket set of brake pads I should get????
I doubt it. You'll get as many opinions as you ask people when it comes to brake pads. There are several high quality pads that will do a great job. It just depends on what your objectives are.
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Old 12-20-2007, 04:48 PM
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http://www.ebcbrakes.com/greenstuffinfo.html

I used them back when I had my MINIs. I will likely go with them with my Cobra replica as they have BMW brakes and suspension.
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Old 12-30-2007, 05:35 PM
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i put ebc green stuff pads on mine to reduce brake dust,changed to mintex extreme and found them to be the worst pads ive ever had for excess dust,binned after a few thousand miles and back to ebc greenstuff,the ebc discs look good but ive had problems with them warpping (normal driving,no track use)think i will stick with the pads and try different discs
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I actually run the ATE pads from tire rack and they do the trick. They don't squeal as much as OEM and provide great feel and durability for the mountains.

I don't know if it matters, but that is on a regular cooper on OEM wheels and tires, with new rotors and lines as well. The pads were the final bit installed and they were done a week after the others (long story) so I feel as if they did make a difference regardless of the other mods, since I had a chance to drive it in both configurations.
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I will be switching over to Hawk pads and Powerslot rotors soon to reduce dust and improve performance.

BTW...if anyone needs Hawk or Powerslot products let me know!
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I will be switching over to Hawk pads and Powerslot rotors soon to reduce dust and improve performance.
I've been running Hawk ceramics for the last year or so. I'm very happy with them. Very little dust & what there is, is a lighter color.

I'm also switching over to Powerslot rotors. I bought a set of cryo'd ones. Let us know how you like yours. Mine won't go on until spring. Too cold in the garage for this old fart.
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Akebono or Hawks will reduce the dust and give better performance (for the street or occasional auto-x). Running both at the moment on my '04 (Ake on the front, Hawk on the rear).

Wouldn't recommend the EBC stuff, too many reports of troubles with them regardless of car or driving habits (mainly inconsistent performance and voodoo with deposits causing the warped rotor feeling).

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EBC blows. I had GreenStuff and their rotors on my CRX....warped within months.....commuting.
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powerslot rotors

EBC Red......


very glassy when COLD.....
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EBC blows. I had GreenStuff and their rotors on my CRX....warped within months.....commuting.
I managed to crack my EBC rotors......
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I managed to crack my EBC rotors......

I've heard horror stories about their products! I will just stick with my ATE components for now. They stop incredibly well and the rotors look boss as well.
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