What brake rotors and pads did you go with?

What Rotors and Pads do you have? (Select Two Options)

  • R1 Concepts Rotors

    Votes: 4 4.5%
  • StopTech / Centric Rotors

    Votes: 24 27.0%
  • OEM Rotors

    Votes: 14 15.7%
  • ECS Rotors

    Votes: 14 15.7%
  • Akibono Pads

    Votes: 14 15.7%
  • Brembo Rotors

    Votes: 4 4.5%
  • Hawks Pads

    Votes: 19 21.3%
  • EBC Pads

    Votes: 8 9.0%
  • Pagid Pads

    Votes: 3 3.4%
  • Bosch Pads

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • OEM Pads

    Votes: 8 9.0%
  • Z4 35is Rotors

    Votes: 7 7.9%
  • Ferodo Pads

    Votes: 2 2.2%
  • Zimmerman Rotors

    Votes: 15 16.9%
  • CoolCarbon Pads

    Votes: 5 5.6%
  • Meyle Ceramic Pads

    Votes: 2 2.2%

  • Total voters
    89

Cheezy

Lieutenant
Nov 7, 2016
608
Toledo Ohio
Purchased akebono pads, have yet to install them. Im hoping they have little dust, i dont really care if they squeal. My oem squeal at parking lot speeds, and theyre dusty as poop
 

zero2sixtyZ

Specialist
Nov 6, 2016
62
Boston, MA
Hope you guys have better luck than I did with the Akebonos. Had a noise with them clicking/shifting in the caliper. Installed/reinstalled a few times, with no luck. Replaced with Hawk HPS 5.0s and noise instantly gone. Swapped the noise for a decent amount of brake dust...can't win them all.
 

Cheezy

Lieutenant
Nov 7, 2016
608
Toledo Ohio
Just got around to doing my full brake service last night. Akebono pads with meyle oe rotors. Changed fluid either motul rbf600. I drove about 10 miles on them but so far it's not bad. I have yet to bed them in, but I'm sure after I do that they will be great. For anyone that had issues with akebono pads, did you bed them in properly or just slap them in and go? I would suggest doing the process if you haven't.
 

MacBB55

Specialist
Jul 22, 2018
80
Northern California
so I just changed all 4 sets of pads on my 2004 525i as well as both the front an rear wear sensor, from what I could tell when I had everything off the rotors looked as well as felt fine, there is only 122k on the car so even tho it has some years on it it hasn't been driven much. Anyways the rotors looked an felt fine so I didn't think I needed to change them or resurface them this time around, however it has been maybe 500-700 miles since changing my pads and now the front right wheel is squeaking like it does when the break pads are wearing sometimes, it started doing it loud enough for me to notice during a turn one day an now it seems to do it more often when it gets hot under light breaking as well as sometimes when turning, visually it doesn't look like the pad has worn that much but I recently got my tires rotated and im almost positive the noise didn't start until after that was done, do you think this would be my rotors needing to br replaced or something else less expensive that I can check first?
 
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ShocknAwe

Captain
Jan 24, 2018
1,010
Charleston, SC
so I just changed all 4 sets of pads on my 2004 525i as well as both the front an rear wear sensor, from what I could tell when I had everything off the rotors looked as well as felt fine, there is only 122k on the car so even tho it has some years on it it hasn't been driven much. Anyways the rotors looked an felt fine so I didn't think I needed to change them or resurface them this time around, however it has been maybe 500-700 miles since changing my pads and now the front right wheel is squeaking like it does when the break pads are wearing sometimes, it started doing it loud enough for me to notice during a turn one day an now it seems to do it more often when it gets hot under light breaking as well as sometimes when turning, visually it doesn't look like the pad has worn that much but I recently got my tires rotated and im almost positive the noise didn't start until after that was done, do you think this would be my rotors needing to br replaced or something else less expensive that I can check first?

You need to measure rotor thickness. My 2¢ is that you have deposits on the surface though from improperly bedded pads. Can try to rebed or if you have track pads do a couple hard stops with those and they'll clean it right up.
 

Jeffman

Captain
Jan 7, 2017
1,405
I just installed ECS two-piece drilled and slotted rotors and Cool Carbon S/T pads in the front / Cool Carbon in the rear, stock calipers. I think my bedding in procedure must have been terrible (a series of 70-50 mph light and medium braking immediately after installing) as I started to get strong front shuddering in the steering wheel.
Any suggestions?
 

matreyia

Major
Apr 19, 2017
1,693
I just installed ECS two-piece drilled and slotted rotors and Cool Carbon S/T pads in the front / Cool Carbon in the rear, stock calipers. I think my bedding in procedure must have been terrible (a series of 70-50 mph light and medium braking immediately after installing) as I started to get strong front shuddering in the steering wheel.
Any suggestions?
I don't think bedding speeds exceed 35mph at least not from any company that I read instructions on bedding process.
 

ShocknAwe

Captain
Jan 24, 2018
1,010
Charleston, SC
I just installed ECS two-piece drilled and slotted rotors and Cool Carbon S/T pads in the front / Cool Carbon in the rear, stock calipers. I think my bedding in procedure must have been terrible (a series of 70-50 mph light and medium braking immediately after installing) as I started to get strong front shuddering in the steering wheel.
Any suggestions?
Rebed starting with 25mph to 10, then 35, 45, 60. Do 3 each.

Heard of this a few times with ecs 2pc which is why I went with RB.
 
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Jeffman

Captain
Jan 7, 2017
1,405
Rebed starting with 25mph to 10, then 35, 45, 60. Do 3 each.

Heard of this a few times with ecs 2pc which is why I went with RB.
Thanks. The Cool Carbon instructions with the pads say to do 70-20 repeatedly at low, medium, and hard braking. I was on the highway and couldn’t slow down to 20mph. Stupid me. Live and learn.

Would you suggest to first remove any glaze on the rotors by lightly sanding them with fine sand paper and clean with Brakleen? Or is this not necessary as long as I rebed as you suggest?
 

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