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      03-12-2018, 04:13 PM   #1
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F30 M Sport Brakes -- Pads and Rotors?

Looking for options on brake pads and rotors for a F30 with M Sport brakes.

These will be duo-purpose for daily and track.

Been looking around and there doesn't seem to be many options available for this platform:

Pads
- OEM TRW
- OEM M3
- Hawk 5.0 (are these available for this platform?)

Rotors
- OEM Zimmerman
- Centric 125 series flat
- Centric 126 series slotted

Anyone run these options or have other recommendations? Not looking for dedicated-track-pads.

Thanks
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Looking for options on brake pads and rotors for a F30 with M Sport brakes.

These will be duo-purpose for daily and track.

Been looking around and there doesn't seem to be many options available for this platform:

Pads
- OEM TRW
- OEM M3
- Hawk 5.0 (are these available for this platform?)

Rotors
- OEM Zimmerman
- Centric 125 series flat
- Centric 126 series slotted

Anyone run these options or have other recommendations? Not looking for dedicated-track-pads.

Thanks
If I may ask what type of track duty are you anticipating? Are we taking an actual race track for 20+ plus minute sessions or are we talking autocross?

IMHO theres zero need to upgrade the M Sport brake rotors for autoX or light track duty. They are more than up to the take of dissipating heat with zero fade. I would recommend that when it comes time to replace them to go to a two piece rotor for the weight savings. ECS Tuning, StopTech, Brembo, and others offer a two piece rotor.

Pads are a different story. For autoX the stock pads are absolutely fine. For significant track usage you may want to consider swapping for a track use compound just for track events. Most track dedicated pads don't work well for street driving due to the heat they need to work effectively. Hawk, Brambo, StopTech, and EBC all have great offerings. For track and street use I like EBC's yellowstuff. That said if your car is not going to see track duty I recommend staying with the stock pads.

All in all unless you are participating in competitive track events such as Gridlife I recommend staying stock. The M Sport brakes are an extremely capable brake package that most people won't approach the limit of. If you are looking to push the limits you will need the rubber to match. I'm talking 200 TW or more aggressive compound 245 or wider rubber to take advantage of the stopping power the M Sport system provides.

My opinion make sure your brake fluid is up to track use. Then go to an event with your stock brake system then re-evaluate you upgrade plans.

Good luck

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Have you tracked this car before? If so did you fade the brakes?

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I'm also currently looking for other brake options for my 335 M sport. I track my car 4-6 times a season, normally with Track Night in America so 3x 20min sessions a day. So far the stock brakes have been sufficient, although I swapped the stock fluid for Motul RBF600. Later sessions I occasionally get the high brake threshold warning on the cluster, which goes away after a short cool down lap, so I'm hoping some better pads could alleviate that.

I'm looking for a better dual purpose type pad, but there are few options for M sport cars without the M performance calipers front and rear.

I'm considering getting a set of Cool Carbon pads to try this season, I just haven't heard much feedback from people that have actually ran them...

Front: https://www.ecstuning.com/b-cool-car...822-d1609~ccp/

Rear: https://www.ecstuning.com/b-cool-car...823-d1610~ccp/
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New rotor offering from ECS is a winner! Two piece front rotors that won't break the bank.

https://www.ecstuning.com/b-ecs-part...0/014586ecskt/

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OP, I got Zimmerman rotors and Hawk HPS pads. Will report back with how they did on the track on Sunday.
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