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View Poll Results: Which Street pads for R50/R53
OEM pads 6 23.08%
Hawk HPS 5 19.23%
Porterfield RS-4 0 0%
Carbotech Bobcat CT1521 3 11.54%
EBC Greenstuff 2 7.69%
Axxis ULT 0 0%
Akebono Euro Ultra 0 0%
CoolCarbon 2 7.69%
Ferodo DS Performance 4 15.38%
other 4 15.38%
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Old 02-21-2012, 05:26 PM
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Default Street Brake Pad Poll (R53/R50/R52)

What are your favourite street pads for the Gen 1 MINI and why?

I currently have HPS, had OEM before that, and it will be time to get new pads later this year.
HPS are almost as good as oem cold, a little softer than oem feel, but good stopping power, modulation,
and fade resistance compared to oem. Much longer wearing on pads and rotors with much less and lighter
dust compared to oem.

Choices would be

OEM pads
Hawk HPS
Porterfield RS-4
Carbotech Bobcat CT1521
EBC Green
Axxis ULT
Akebono Euro Ultra
Coolcarbon
Ferodo DS Performance
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oem, because having tried several other compounds. It's apparent that unless you auto-x they don't make a difference. (plus rotors make a big difference in compounds as well)
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Old 02-21-2012, 08:53 PM
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oem, because having tried several other compounds. It's apparent that unless you auto-x they don't make a difference. (plus rotors make a big difference in compounds as well)
OEM are big dust generators. Hawk HPS really helped for me so far & are the equal to OEM in performance & feel IMO.
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:24 PM
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I've gone from OEM to EBC green and for the last few years the Ferodo DS 2500.

The OEM were dirty as hell .

EBC green were clean but would still fade under hard use .

Ferodo have worked very well for me .

My goal was to have a pad that would give me the highest performance just short of that annoying " race pad squeal " every time I came to a stop. They have also given me great wear and many miles so far. When they are gone I will be getting another set , no question.I do have bigger rotors front and rear but the stock calipers FYI.

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Mintex.
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Old 02-22-2012, 02:28 AM
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I have ran oem, then ferodo 2500's for a few years, then hawk hps.

So far Ive had the best luck with hawk hps. They give me a good middle ground of driver friendly and performance.
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OEM are big dust generators. Hawk HPS really helped for me so far & are the equal to OEM in performance & feel IMO.
love the dust!
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love the dust!
this is why you rattle can your rims black
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i ran the same on my r53
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I have run the OEM's (less than a year) Hawk HPS (less than a year) Hawk HP+ (2 years) and the Cool Carbon's for the last 3 years.
The Cool Carbon have completely out performed the others when pushed hard. Check out the Bimmer forums and see what they say about them.
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I have run the OEM's (less than a year) Hawk HPS (less than a year) Hawk HP+ (2 years) and the Cool Carbon's for the last 3 years.
The Cool Carbon have completely out performed the others when pushed hard. Check out the Bimmer forums and see what they say about them.
Good to know. I'm trying to decide whether to stick with HPS or go to something else,
and Cool Carbon is currently the other one I'm thinking about the most.
How is the cold bite on the Cool Carbons, and are they easy to keep bedded?
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They are just a bit less gripping than OEM when cold. I do have to be a bit more aggressive with my brakes during the winter, but my winter temps average in the low 40's and colder.

I do find that you need to "rebed" the pads if they haven't been used aggressively for awhile. For me this is nothing more than making sure I have braked hard a few times before diving into my local canyon run.
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Check out the EBC Redstuff, they are perfect street pads and less dust. I use them on most customer cars and they are great.
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I am currently running EBC Greenstuff pads... My car is my DD and my only vehicle. My problem is I am experiencing break fade after canyon runs which isnt fun...

What I am looking for out of a brake pad is...

Good cold bite - Its my DD and I don't wanna have issues stopping when I havent warmed the pads up The greenstuff pads are rated at a cF .5

A high resistance to to brake fade - I am pretty sure the greenstuff pads are rate at a maximum temp of 700-800 F before they fade.

Low - Noise - Like I said its my daily. I can deal with increased brake noise its just the squeeking that race pads make that I cant really deal with.


Does any one have any experience with EBC YellowStuff pads? They have a maximum operating temp of 1100 F and a cF of .6. (according to their website)

I would love to know what your guys recommendations are for a aggressive street pad.






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Another vote for Mintex.

But my criteria was LOW DUST, and near OEM performance. The rock bottom price was a bonus. Maybe not the choice for the most discriminating drivers, but having had them on two prior cars, it was an easy choice for me.
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