What brake rotors and pads did you go with?

What Rotors and Pads do you have? (Select Two Options)

  • R1 Concepts Rotors

    Votes: 4 5.1%
  • StopTech / Centric Rotors

    Votes: 21 26.9%
  • OEM Rotors

    Votes: 13 16.7%
  • ECS Rotors

    Votes: 10 12.8%
  • Akibono Pads

    Votes: 14 17.9%
  • Brembo Rotors

    Votes: 4 5.1%
  • Hawks Pads

    Votes: 14 17.9%
  • EBC Pads

    Votes: 6 7.7%
  • Pagid Pads

    Votes: 3 3.8%
  • Bosch Pads

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • OEM Pads

    Votes: 7 9.0%
  • Z4 35is Rotors

    Votes: 7 9.0%
  • Ferodo Pads

    Votes: 2 2.6%
  • Zimmerman Rotors

    Votes: 13 16.7%
  • CoolCarbon Pads

    Votes: 5 6.4%
  • Meyle Ceramic Pads

    Votes: 2 2.6%

  • Total voters
    78

matreyia

Lieutenant
Apr 19, 2017
769
#22
For those of you who have changed your rotors/pads, what did you choose/recommend? I have some slotted Centric rotors with Hawks pads but have been thinking about picking up a set of those black R1 Concepts rotors with Akibono pads instead.

If you have something not listed here tell me and I'll add it.
ECS light weight rotors, two piece...highly recommended. They are a few lbs. lighter and the handling and acceleration is immediately noticeable after install.

Cool carbons...were not impressed with at all. Using Hawk pads now, and also not impressed.
 

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New Member
Jul 9, 2017
3
#23
Pagid RS29, amazing pad but very expensive and quite a bit of dust. Were good for daily driving and didn't glaze up too bad or squeal when DD'ing, very impressive seeing as they are a full on race pad.

Edit: As N54islyfe said, DS2500's are a great pad for aggressive street/ mild track use, a lot cheaper than RS29's too
Was looking at DS2500's until I found Pagid. I believe your pads are RSL29's, the L being their endurance pad. Better modulation and life than the standard race pad.

Pagid RSL Graph.JPG


I will be leaning towards the RSL 1 as it is marginally more expensive than the 29 and only slightly less modulation and disc life.
Pagid RSL 1 vs 29.JPG
 

Hassans

Specialist
Jul 2, 2017
69
#25
Oem at the moment, I was thinking about HPS pads and brembo rotors.
 

markyb0

Specialist
Jun 17, 2017
81
San Diego, CA
#26
Hawk pads with hawk slotted/drilled rotors. Cant complain about them they work great and grab hard.
 

markyb0

Specialist
Jun 17, 2017
81
San Diego, CA
#28
How's the dust and noise?
I don't really see any dust. I get a car wash every week or too but before the wash I don't see any but if there is dust its very minimal and not eye catching. And for the noise I don't hear a sound.
 

Hassans

Specialist
Jul 2, 2017
69
#29
I don't really see any dust. I get a car wash every week or too but before the wash I don't see any but if there is dust its very minimal and not eye catching. And for the noise I don't hear a sound.

Nice, I had Brembo blanks and hawk hp+ on my last car. Loved the performance and didn't mind the dust, noise was rare.

I might give your setup a go, need to do more research.
 

Jeffman

Lieutenant
Jan 7, 2017
876
#30
I'd love to see a chart of rotor, style, weight, and cost. My rear rotors need to be replaced soon and I'd love to replace them with a lightweight rotor to help reduce unsprung weight, i.e., improve handling over the OEM rotors.
 

Bmac

Specialist
Nov 8, 2016
72
Great White North
#31
To save significant weight, I think you would need 2-piece rotors. The only rear 2-piece I'm aware of are RacingBrake and ECS. I think RacingBrake are the lightest, and both are pretty expensive.
 
Apr 26, 2017
24
San Diego, CA
#33
I went with the ECS 2 piece rotors to minimize warp and is lighter than factory and with Hawk's HPS+ pads that bite close to factory pads but withstands fading when getting on the breaks corner after corner.
 

Jeffman

Lieutenant
Jan 7, 2017
876
#34
Two-piece rotors look ideal for weight savings. But I'm not a big fan of cross-drilling or grooves as they all seem to have (I've heard they are harsher on pads). Any light-weight flat two-piece rotors available that fit 335i, other than the front stock rotors for the BMW Z4 3.5is?
 
Apr 26, 2017
24
San Diego, CA
#35
I haven't had any issues with the pads wearing out sooner. I did my entire brake system around 2014 and it's still has a lot of meat left. It's my daily and I drive 60 miles a day to and from the office. I did however perform proper brake pad bedding procedures to get both surfaces to mate. They were very noisy at first, then after bedding them, it's been quiet since.

I don't know of any blank 2 piece discs, but Girodisc has the slotted 2 piece oem replacement with a curved vane design to help with cooling. I know it's not much but I hope it helps somewhat.
 
Jul 29, 2017
51
North Carolina
#37
I had two sets of R1 concepts rotors on my last two BMWs and have nothing but good things to say. Held up great with my last 335 FBO and did great on my ZHP.
 
Feb 22, 2017
36
Arizona
#38
I have Brembo calipers with Stoptech rotors and Hawk HP+ pads. The bite is strong and consistant with no fade. Ive done track days with 20min sessions at Inde Motorsports Ranch here in AZ with no issues. Although for daily driving there is a tiny bit of squeaking.
 

Mernardi

New Member
Sep 30, 2017
6
#39
Stock 135i Brembos with RB pistons. RBF600 fluid. Custom front brake cooling setup. ECS 2 piece front rotors, ECS drilled/slotted rears. PFC08 pads.

The brakes perform amazing on track, but they are they LOUD. I definitely turn heads when I drive them on the street lol. The dust is terrible, as expected of a race compound.
 
Nov 18, 2016
76
AZ
#40
So far I'm running what I got the car with, and they appear to be stock pads. From what I've researched, the Akebono pads are what I will get sometime before I need them.
 

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