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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:02 am    Post subject: Ceramic brake pads Reply with quote

Iíve always been resigned to brake dust making my wheels a mess, and as the OEM pads seemed to work as well if not better than most after-market options (for road use at least) Iíd never bothered to look any further. However I came across a thread specifically about reduced brake dust and one well respected poster suggested Carbotech Bobcat pads as a good alternative, with a name like that I just had to take a closer look!

After a bit more reading I saw the Carbotech Bobcat 1521 pads seemed to get some pretty good reviews so decided to give them a go. I guess many people are more clued up than me but ceramic pads have the added benefit of being gentler on your discs too so it sounded like a win win! That's apart from the initial cost which is a bit more than OEM! There are of course a number of ceramic brake pads on the market so not just Carbotech.

Anyway, I've done about 5k miles with them now and feel/braking performance is the same as OEM but the front wheels now stay as clean if not cleaner than the rears Smile. Iíll be refreshing my rear brake set up in the spring and will be fitting the Bobcat pads to the rear as well.

Hereís a link to the Carbotech site: http://www.carbotech-europe.com/index.html bear in mind they make the pads to order.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Barry M.

I have often thought similar whilst sitting in front on my 18" Alpina alloys cleaning them by hand. They are hard work to clean.

I welcome your review, but have heard that you have to warm the brakes up everytime you start driving prior to achieving good braking power. Is this true?

Thanks for the write up.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rav wrote:
have heard that you have to warm the brakes up everytime you start driving prior to achieving good braking power. Is this true


Hi Rav, I agree that is one of the oft quoted comments about ceramic brake pads but my experience with the Bobcat 1521 compound doesn't bear that out - hit the brakes and they work the same as the OEM pads I had before. Maybe that's why they cost about twice the price of genuine BMW items!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice share Barry, sounds like a great option. Wonder if they can make a set of pads for the infamous V8S fronts?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Metrics wrote:
Wonder if they can make a set of pads for the infamous V8S fronts?


I'm sure they can Asim but I don't think this is gonna save any money!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How much were the pads Barry?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

E24man wrote:
How much were the pads Barry?


£180+vat & delivery
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

After spending an hour cleaning only my wheels yesterday, £180+vat sounds like a fair price.....
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