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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 04-18-2012, 01:03 AM
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Nick,

Sounds like the Cool Carbons are what you want.
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Nick,

Sounds like the Cool Carbons are what you want.
I've read some mixed reviews on the cool carbons. I am thinking hawk hps ferodo Ds2500 or ebc yellowstuff pads.

Does any one have the part number for the ds2500's for the stock r53 brakes?
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Well then stay away from the Hawks.....ran both the HPS and HP+ and they sucked. Cool Carbons are hella lot better.
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Well then stay away from the Hawks.....ran both the HPS and HP+ and they sucked. Cool Carbons are hella lot better.
What specifically did you not like about the Hawks?
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I've read some mixed reviews on the cool carbons.
Can you point me to some of the reviews you saw on the cool carbons. I'd like to peruse them as the cc's are still on my short list for pads.
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The Hawks would not stand up to my DD, a (mild) track day, or my local "canyon" run. Lots of fade and no confidence once they did start fading. The Cool Carbons have stood up to all of my driving and I haven't had an issue with fade with them ever. And they are very well behaved for my DD street driving.
The only reviews I can point you to are on the various BMW sites.
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Old 04-22-2012, 02:16 AM
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where can one get cool carbons for a mini?
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There is only a $30 ish difference between the cool carbons and the ferodos... Such a hard choice...

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bump as I'm getting much closer to needing to replace pads, especially in the front.
I'm leaning towards the Coolcarbons as first choice vs. staying with HPS second choice so far.
Any more comments on initial bite and cold performance with the coolcarbons?
Any other thoughts on these or other pads.
Remember - aggressive street use, daily driver, not tracking, and the dust from the oem pads was unacceptable.
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Still loving mine......
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Got a set of CoolCarbons as well as the version 2 Tyrolsport bushings to replace the rubber oem ones.
So far have just done the fronts. The pads contact further toward the axle part of the rotor surface
than the oem or HPS by about 1 mm, so it took a little time to wear in for a flush fit of pad on rotor.

Now that they're settled and bedded in, I can make some comments.
Cold performance and initial bite are both a bit better than the HPS that just came off without being grabby at all.
The HPS were kind of soft until a bit of pressure was applied then ramp up and the CoolCarbons are
more linear with very good modulation. I like the feel of them a lot. They're a little noisier than the
HPS that I just took off, but not by much. No squealing, just the normal grinding sound and feel of
brakes on rotors. Maybe that'll change as they wear in more.
I haven't really tested them at the limits much - with winter tires on, that just tests the ABS system anyway.

I recommend them - got a good deal at AutoIndividual - only 157.50 per set plus about $15 shipping and prompt delivery.
http://www.autoindividual.com/shop/c...y.aspx?catid=9
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With both of those changes I am sure you will very much like the improvement come summer!
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