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Old 01-31-2007, 08:31 AM
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I need some brake recomendations. My 05 S is about to hit 36k miles and my rear pads have been replaced about 3k miles ago from warranty. I'm unlikely to auto-x but I do a considerable amount of spirited driving. Also, I log about 100 miles a day commuting. Majority is highway.

I know for sure that I will be replacing the front pads soon, but should I consider on getting larger roters/big brake kit? Should I stick with my current roters and just get better pads because I'm not planning to auto-x? My mini has undergone alot of mods with many more to come, especially engine dress up. Will the big brake kits bring a better bling effect if I decide to show it?
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Old 01-31-2007, 01:17 PM
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a nice BBK will definately add bling if you've got big enough wheels to show them off through... but at the absolute minimum I'd suggest switching over to EBC greenstuff pads which give MUCH less brake dust and should stop even a bit better. keep in mind if you decide to go with a BBK you may need new wheels for it to fit
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Old 01-31-2007, 02:18 PM
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If your not going to do autox and plan on staying with stock parts, I have been very happy with my Mintex red pads. Price was under 80 dollars all around. They are quite and have no dust. After a day of spirited driving through some hills, a friends MCS wheels were no longer silver, but black...however mine were almost all clean. He was jealous. I was even more surprised, because I rarely saw his break lights..and I was fallowing him.
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You can get the Detroit Tuned, JCW, and Wilwood kits for 16 and 17 inch wheels. THey will run you $700 - $1200. Or get powerslot rotors from Moss or tirerack at around $70 a wheel plus Hawk HPS plus pads or something like that!
So you should be able to improve the stock set up for around $350.

I went from the stock to the powerslot now to a JCW BBK. If you have the money I recommend the BBK!
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If you're not a racer don't get the BBK... rotors, pads, lines and a bushing kit should do you just fine.
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Old 01-31-2007, 06:08 PM
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I currently have 17" TD PR 1's in black. Brake dust doesn't really effect me that much and from my understanding, I've got good clearance for larger brake kits. But keep in mind that I will change back to my S-lites with winter tires when winter hits.

Thanks for the tips.
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Old 01-31-2007, 07:26 PM
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the TDs will be fine with any kit... S-Lites need spacers for BBKs bigger than the JCW stuff.
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If performance and price are the top considerations, I'd recommend the PowerSlot rotors, stainless lines, and Hawk pads. A nice setup for the occasionally aggressive driving and still easily capable of holding up at an Auto-X.

StopTech carries all of those parts and they have decent pricing. RaceShopper is another good place to check (although their selection MINI parts is not huge).
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If performance and price are the top considerations, I'd recommend the PowerSlot rotors, stainless lines, and Hawk pads. A nice setup for the occasionally aggressive driving and still easily capable of holding up at an Auto-X.
I've got this setup (minus the stainless lines), and I'm very happy with it. The Hawk pads and PowerSlot rotors really do the trick.
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Don't forget to add some better brake fluid while your at it
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Old 02-06-2007, 06:41 PM
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HAWK HPS Pads if you don't mind some noise, or Mintex 1144. I'd say go with SS lines from Stoptech and change out to a high boil-point fluid such as Ate Super Blue. Another great upgrade would be the TyrolSport Brake Caliper Stiffening Kit availible from Helix! Stay stock with the rotors or if you must, go with the Power Slots.....and stay away from ANY cross-drilled rotors as they can easily warp or crack!!!! Remeber that RaceShopper is your friend.....if you don't see it on their site give 'em a call!
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I actually don't find the Hawk HPS pads to be that noisy...
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Ooops I was thinking HP+, which will wake up the dead!!!!
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Also, with the HPS pads, I have WAY less brake dust. It's almost non-existent.
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Have you made any decisions yet? Whats your time table look like? When I found out I needed brakes, I had two days to get everything.
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