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      09-11-2009, 01:52 PM   #1
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Article: How to Choose Street and Track Brake Pads

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Default Article: How to Choose Street and Track Brake Pads
I wanted to post a link to an article I recently wrote about how to choose street and track brake pads. I know this has always been a popular topic on this forum and others, and one that creates a lot of confusion.

This is NOT an article promoting a specific brand or brands. It is intended to lay out the thought processes and variables that go into choosing a pad for any street or track condition.

As a representative for some of the top brake manufacturers in the aftermarket for the past 7 years, Ive had the chance to address this topic in countless conversations with customers online, over the phone, or in person. Until now though, Ive never had the time to pull my thoughts together and present them in a cohesive manner.

My hope is that this article will prevent some of the repetitive what are the best brake pads? questions weve all seen a million times. With a fundamental understanding of this topic in hand, we can hopefully elevate future conversations on this topic to a higher, more productive level.

Id post the article here in its entirety, but it would probably take me 20 posts!

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      11-19-2013, 02:33 PM   #2
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Just bringing this article back up to the top because it sure does have a lot of good information for those who are looking to understand the choices we have and the ones we can potentially make.

This includes me, a new tracker, a new enthusiast, who is learning the ins and outs of car components and what we can do to a car to track it whilst maintaining a streetable car.

Sorry if anyone gets offended that I bumped a 4 year old thread. Please do chime in if there is outdated information.
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      11-30-2013, 07:24 AM   #3
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No offense taken. Read this article a while back. Skimmed through it this time. Good refresher. Need semi-metallic/sintered pads myself.

Considering these at the moment:
Hawk DTC-60, DTC-70, or HT-10
Pagid RS29
Endless ME-20 if they exist for my 2011 135i
Ferrodo DS3000
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