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      05-21-2015, 02:11 PM   #1
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another brake pad question

Spoke to the guy at TireRack and now I'm totally confused.

I have a E90 M3, Competition package. Looking for mixed Street (90%) and Track + autox (10%). looking for good all around pad with good stopping power, low dust and noise.

Here are my options:
StopTech Street Performance
Hawk Performance Street 5.0
Hawk HPS Street
Hawk High Performance street / race (recommended)

What do you think??

Thank in advance,
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Spoke to the guy at TireRack and now I'm totally confused.

I have a E90 M3, Competition package. Looking for mixed Street (90%) and Track + autox (10%). looking for good all around pad with good stopping power, low dust and noise.

Here are my options:
StopTech Street Performance
Hawk Performance Street 5.0
Hawk HPS Street
Hawk High Performance street / race (recommended)

What do you think??

Thank in advance,
Dave
Like anything else there's no such thing as a good all around anything. For something to be good in one category, there has to be trade offs in another. A truly good track pad is going to make noise, create a lot of dust, and will not have good initial bite when cold IMHO. My StopTech Street Performance pads seem to be fine for the street with no noise and less dust than OEM pads. I can't attest to how well they perform on the track, but others have given favorable reviews.
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      05-21-2015, 08:12 PM   #3
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I used the Stoptech on the track without too much problem (had some fade at WGI). Depends on the track and your skill level though. Not sure they would hold up too well for Autox. Great street pad though...
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I used the Stoptech on the track without too much problem (had some fade at WGI). Depends on the track and your skill level though. Not sure they would hold up too well for Autox. Great street pad though...
Did you use the stoptech street performance pads with the stock calipers and rotors?
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Take the HPS off that list. It's dangerous on the track, IMO.
Stoptech is a great pad, but needs to be bedded well to work well.
Don't get the Stoptech ceramic, low dust pad, it's similar to the HPS.

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Did you use the stoptech street performance pads with the stock calipers and rotors?
Yep. No problems at all. Many others have had the same experience for light track use.
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I used the Stoptech on the track without too much problem (had some fade at WGI). Depends on the track and your skill level though. Not sure they would hold up too well for Autox. Great street pad though...
Did you use the stoptech street performance pads with the stock calipers and rotors?
I've used them on the track as well. They worked well for me. No more than 20-25 minute sessions though. Not sure I'd go out and run an hour straight with them but I think they're good for a dual purpose light-medium track pad. And they're cheap!
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I used the Stoptech on the track without too much problem (had some fade at WGI). Depends on the track and your skill level though. Not sure they would hold up too well for Autox. Great street pad though...
Did you use the stoptech street performance pads with the stock calipers and rotors?
I've used them on the track as well. They worked well for me. No more than 20-25 minute sessions though. Not sure I'd go out and run an hour straight with them but I think they're good for a dual purpose light-medium track pad. And they're cheap!
I'm going to try those next then. The price is awesome. Thanks for the info fellas.
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Stoptech street would be great for Auto-X.

They are OK on the track for light use. Bad part is they don't stop very well at all if you overheat them. You'll know when you overheat them because they'll eat away at your wheel's finish. Based on my experience, I throw them away once you overheat them because they turn into bricks.
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