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I need to replace my front pads. I have a track day next Monday but the majority of my driving is on the street. I have tii front struts and brakes but have no idea what kind are currently installed, although I was happy with them. 

 

My "ideal" pads would have following characteristics:

 

- Excellent stopping power

- Minimal dust

- Don't squeak 

 

My friend who's preparing the car said to use OEM pads, dusty but good. I seriously hate the dust. Any recommendations? I'm in Toronto, Canada so it would good if they're available locally.

 

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I've always ran Ferodo and they've done well. I have hard to clean wheels and I hate dust as well. Pagid or Ate will be your OE equivalents. I run Akebono on my 540i and just love them but they don't show fitments for a Tii.

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seems like most times this question is asked, it leads to people saying how much they love their Porterfield pads/shoes.

 

no personal experience here, but I will buy them, based on four years of reading answers to this question.

 

(...once I wear the life out of the ones that came on my car, that is).

 

http://www.bmw2002faq.com/search/?type=forums_topic&q=+Porterfield+pads

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Lots of good discussions of brake pads on the forum.  Here's one, which just happens to focus on Porterfield pads (which I use):

 

Regards,

 

Steve

 

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Porterfield R4-S

 

Pretty much the only pad I will use in my cars. Work well for track days and spirited driving.

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Thanks for your help guys. I've ordered a set of Porterfield R4-S pads and they'll be here tomorrow. You've helped narrow down my search in record time. 

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17 hours ago, Senna27 said:

I seriously hate the dust. Any recommendations?

 

Perhaps you can run the Porterfield pads for a hard working track day and note the dust's color...

Then, paint the rims Porterfield Gray, so the dust will not be noticeable.

Simple.

Tom

 

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2 hours ago, Hans said:

Did i see that little fella at TedFest?

 

You certainly did!

 

 

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That Brake star.pngold adage, as it applies to brake pads...

 

t

 

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Here's my review on the Porterfield R4-S pads which sounds like it's taken from the manufacturer's description, but it's true. I have tii struts and brakes. Rotors are not drilled.

 

- Excellent stopping ability

- No noticeable noise

- No brake squeal

- Zero fade

- Minimal pedal effort

- Minimal amount of brake dust after 4 days of street driving and 50+ laps around Mosport. 

 

You can see by the attached pic that there's not much brake dust on the front wheels. Every other set of brake pads I've used over the last 34 years would have deposited twice the amount of brake dust in just a couple days of city driving. Let alone 50+ laps around a race track.

 

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I think Blunt should run an FAQ special on Porterfield R4-S pads... ala mode, of course.

 

Ed

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1 hour ago, Senna27 said:

Here's my review on the Porterfield R4-S pads which sounds like it's taken from the manufacturer's description, but it's true. I have tii struts and brakes. Rotors are not drilled.

 

- Excellent stopping ability

- No noticeable noise

- No brake squeal

- Zero fade

- Minimal pedal effort

- Minimal amount of brake dust after 4 days of street driving and 50+ laps around Mosport. 

 

You can see by the attached pic that there's not much brake dust on the front wheels. Every other set of brake pads I've used over the last 34 years would have deposited twice the amount of brake dust in just a couple days of city driving. Let alone 50+ laps around a race track.

 

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It's so nice to hear feedback (when we actually solve a problem)....

 

Regards,

 

Steve

 

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Agreed--thanks for the review. At the current rate, I'll need new pads on the '02 sometime around 2041, but my E46 dusts like crazy on the current OEM pads (even though the stopping performance is great). I'll definitely be trying the Porterfields when I need to swap them out.

 

-Dave

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