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E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
E36/7 Z3 Roadster, Z3 coupe, Z3 M Roadster and Z3 M Coupe talk with our gurus here.

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Old 08-13-2010, 10:40 AM
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Brake pads

Which brake pads are the best to get for 2006 3.0si?
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Old 08-13-2010, 11:24 AM
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Impossible to answer...

There is always a comprise between comfort/performance/price.

Do you want to track the car, autox, fast street, slow street?

Low dust or don't care?

low noise or don't care?

price range?
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Old 08-13-2010, 11:31 AM
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I want the low dust, for fast street, low noise and price range around the $50-$100.

I've been reading on some reviews and so far Akebono seems to be the ones with the best reviews.
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Old 08-13-2010, 02:09 PM
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Akebones work ok...brakes are not something you want to cheap out on....when you need them, they had better be there. Full race ceramic,which don't work well until they are heated up, are not great for day to day driving, which is what we do most of the time. Lots of good aftermarket stuff out there...just stay away from the cheapest..IMHO...

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Old 08-13-2010, 02:55 PM
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Old 08-13-2010, 03:12 PM
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Jurid, pagid...all good
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Old 03-04-2011, 09:47 PM
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so what are the diff in pads.. as far as akebono fronts, there is one for the roadster and one for the M... is that difference based on wheelsize or the rotors that are used or something else?...i have an 06 coupe and put 19's on them...oem pads and rotors...so should I just purchase the roadster pads? (there are no coupe ones)
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Old 03-05-2011, 06:44 AM
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Use Realoem.com to check part numbers and what models the fit.

Look up your car, find the part number they specify and then use the option to list all the other models that use the same part.


I would expect for the Z4 it's the same as the Z3 in that the M got different size Calipers therfore different size pads.

example

Coupe Z4 3.0si has part number 34116779652 for front pads

and is the same as these models.

E46: Details on E46
E46 330Ci Coupe
E46 330Ci Convertible
E46 330i Sedan
E46 330xi Sedan

E85: Details on E85
E85 Z4 3.0si Roadster

E86: Details on E86
E86 Z4 3.0si Coupe
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Old 03-05-2011, 07:55 AM
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I really like the axxis metal-master pads for reducing the dust.

They also stop much better than anything they sell at Autozone.
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Old 03-05-2011, 09:00 AM
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The Z4M and the 3.0si use the same pattern pad in the front despite the different rotors (same as my E36M3, for that matter); BMW specs a different compound between the two. The rears are different profiles. If you look it up on the application tables for the aftermarket suppliers you will see this - then it's just a matter of choosing the appropriate compound for your use. I will defer to others' opinions for street compound as I have mostly played around with track compounds, though the Axxiss Ultimates and PFC Z's both seem to be popular alternates to the OEM BMW pads.
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