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Old 06-06-2011, 09:02 PM
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Z4MC - Street/AX pads

I need to get a set of pads for the Z4MC that will only be used for street driving and autocrossing. I am pretty happy with the stock pads for this type of driving but looking for better options. Ideally, I'd like the same or better performance as the stock pads and no squealing. Brake dust doesn't matter, as long as it's not corrosive. What pads do you recommend?
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Old 06-08-2011, 06:25 AM
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Im running the Hawk HPS pads. Less dust than the stock pads (marginally). They do not grab like the stock pads and seem very linear in bite on the street and on the autocross course. After 7 autocross so far this year I have been very happy with them and they are significantly better in my opinion on the street than the stock pads....with no squeeling/noise.
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Old 06-08-2011, 02:48 PM
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I just put a set of Hawk HP Plus on my Z4MC for a BMW GGC track day @ Laguna Seca a couple of days ago. I can't wait for the weekend so I can swap them out for the stock pads. They were great on track but they screech like a banshee around town. They sound like they are metal to metal. Do not use these on the street unless you are deaf.

I agree with AutoX08MC, the stock pads grab too much for my liking.
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ps I have only had the Coupe a little over a month and this is my first post, so take what I stated with that caveat.
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Old 06-09-2011, 04:12 AM
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Axxiss Ulimates or Deluxe Plus. Ulitmates dust more.
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Old 06-11-2011, 07:47 PM
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I'd have to agree with Pinecone, Axiss Ultimates.
Been running them for several seasons on my '00 328Ci, great autocross and street pad.
Will run them on my '99 M coupe when I overhaul the brakes.
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Old 06-12-2011, 06:51 AM
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Axxiss Ulimates or Deluxe Plus. Ulitmates dust more.
Ultimates dust more than the Deluxe Plus or more than stock?
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Old 06-13-2011, 01:09 PM
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Less than stock, more than Deluxe.
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Old 06-21-2011, 02:50 AM
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I've also got Axxis ULT's on mine and i'm very happy with them for hard mountain driving and some autocross type events.

I ordered replacement discs now and some Stoptech Street Performance pads to go with them, i've been told that they perform the same as the ULTs.
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I am pretty happy with the stock pads for this type of driving...
If you're happy with it, why switch?

I've found that whenever I decided to try a different brake compound out, it takes me few laps and several events to work out all the kinks. Unless cost is an issue, if the stock pads work well for what you want, and you're happy with it, stick with it.
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