Originally Posted by lucid
Yeah, they said the BMW pads were noisy. I think what JAJ meant is that they were certified for street use, and not necessarily optimized for it.
You're right - I wasn't as clear as I wanted to be. The pads BMW sells have to meet EU environmental regs and safety standards to be sold over the counter in Europe. Pagid declines to get involved with any of that - they say "not for street use".
My point was that BMW has to test and certify the pads for environmental compliance and include them in their liability insurance policy, neither of which is going to be cheap. The reason the pads are noisy and grabby is that they're Pagid racing pads in a BMW box (again, I can't prove it, but I believe it) and so they have the same noisy and grabby habits as Pagid racing pads that come in a Pagid box.
The BMW box doesn't make them quieter, smoother or easier to modulate. It just testifies to the testing and certifications BMW did on the pads before they went in the box.