From digest.v4.n817 Mon Jul 8 13:20:48 1996
From: "Carl Buckland" <buckland_at_>
Date: Mon, 8 Jul 1996 11:48:13 +0000
Subject: Brake dust and sways
> From: CurtAinSB_at_aol.com
> Date: Fri, 5 Jul 1996 21:52:48 -0400
> To: buckland_at_
> Subject: BMW questions
> Hey Carl-
> I was navigating the web and came across your name on the... was it
> the BMW Enthusiasts' page? You wrote a small section on brake pads.
> I have a '95 M3, love the performance, but HATE the brake dust.
> Hate is definitely the word here. I plan to keep my car forever and
> don't plan to autocross or race it. I would be willing to sacrifice
> a bit of performance for a nice, quiet, low wear, NO DUST set of
> brake pads. Any suggestions on brand and where to buy them? Thanks
> for the help!!
> Curt Allen
> P.S. Any experience with sway bars (brand, price, etc?)
I find the Repco- now PBR, pads to be somewhat better than the stock
Jurids in stopping power. The rotor wear seems about the same
(either non-existent or minimal), and the dust VERY minimal.Some dust is
a fact of life with brake pads. DON'T put on after market dust
shields, as they inhibit cooling.
I bought my PBR Deluxes from BMP, at 1-800-648-7278. Ask for
Anthony, and tell him I sent you. They are not only inexpensive, but
even less expensive than the stock pads.
I think that the PBR Deluxes are more than adequate for the
occational autocross, and ok for the track. NO street pad will work
really well after it gets hot, but careful monitoring of their heat
(let them cool off after a few laps by slowing down, using the brakes
less for a while) will help you avoid fade. Get them REALLY hot, and
they not only don't work, but then you have to worry about rotor
warpage. NEVER set your emergency brake when they are hot, and try
to go that last few laps of the drivers school without using your
brakes at all, so they can cool down before parking. Even drive off
the racetrack grounds, and *slowly* cruise for awhile if you can.
For autocross, I use Hawk Y-5's, and Hawk Blues for the track.
SWAY BARS I recently bought the Racing Dynamics bars (27mm front,
and 22 rear) to use in conjuction with my current set up of H&R
springs and Bilstein rear shocks, and Koni front adjustables(I don't
have, but this is what I would recommend). I will soon have
adjustable coilovers from H&R instead.
The sways make a HUGE difference in car balance under hard cornering.
I am not sure that I would recommend them for a stock setup. I will
defer to others for that, because I wouldn't even consider changing
sways until after the springs and struts and shocks had been changed.
There is one school of thought that advocates stiffer (and
adjustable) sways even BEFORE shocks and springs.
I set my rear bar at full soft, and front at the medium of three
settings. I will not mess with success-this setting seems to be
perfect. May want to vary for various applications.
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