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      09-22-2019, 01:09 AM   #199
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I never had a chance to install my z16 pads since my oem pads were still good, but now that it's finally time to swap, there are z23 pads now. Is it worth it for me to ditch the z16 and upgrade to the z23 or just use the z16 pads since I already have them?
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I've had plenty of experience with power stop pads, for the money, they are ok, but far inferior to akebono euros. Akebonos are well worth the extra $$ over the power stops. They are quiet, VERY little dust, and the little dust they produce is super easy to clean. I've also found they feel and stop better, just installed a set on my f80 and couldn't be happier for a street pad.
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      09-26-2019, 05:49 PM   #201
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I just bought the z23 pads and I get the loudest most horrendous screeching noise when pressing the brakes for the 1st time in the morning. After that it goes away, I know brakes will squeal after sitting for a while but not THAT loud. You can hear that noise from 2 blocks away, Anyone else experience this?

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I just bought the z23 pads and I get the loudest most horrendous screeching noise when pressing the brakes for the 1st time in the morning. After that is goes away, I know brakes will squeal after sitting for a while but not THAT loud. You can hear that noise from 2 blocks away, Anyone else experience this?
It's why I threw away a barely used set on my F30. Every time I backed up, they'd screech, which is exactly what happened on our old F25 with power stops. If you have no other options for low dust pads, then I guess you live with it, but my goto low-dust street pads are Akebonos Euros. They've never let me down, and I did not hesitate to put them on my F80. GREAT street pad, though I wouldn't use them (or any low-dust pad for that matter) on the track.
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It's why I threw away a barely used set on my F30. Every time I backed up, they'd screech, which is exactly what happened on our old F25 with power stops. If you have no other options for low dust pads, then I guess you live with it, but my goto low-dust street pads are Akebonos Euros. They've never let me down, and I did not hesitate to put them on my F80. GREAT street pad, though I wouldn't use them (or any low-dust pad for that matter) on the track.
How's the stopping power on the Akebonos? The z23's stopping power is noticeably different from OEM. I'm looking to have something similar to OEM maybe a little less sharp.
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How's the stopping power on the Akebonos? The z23's stopping power is noticeably different from OEM. I'm looking to have something similar to OEM maybe a little less sharp.
These things are pretty subjective and generally you get used to pad performance for the pad you are using. I find the AE's stopping power to be pretty good for street driving, fairly smooth too. Low-dust pads don't generally feel the same as stockers, but I've found the Akebonos to be pretty easy to adjust to, and they perform very well. I run them on my F80, my E92 M3, and my F15 X5. Very happy with it on all 3 vehicles. On the F30 Akebono doesn't make a front pad for the 335, so I used Centric ceramics in the front and AEs on the back.

Generally, I've found the powerstops stopped ok, just took more pedal pressure to yield the same stopping force. Note that any of these pads are powerful enough to trigger ABS.
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These things are pretty subjective and generally you get used to pad performance for the pad you are using. I find the AE's stopping power to be pretty good for street driving, fairly smooth too. Low-dust pads don't generally feel the same as stockers, but I've found the Akebonos to be pretty easy to adjust to, and they perform very well. I run them on my F80, my E92 M3, and my F15 X5. Very happy with it on all 3 vehicles. On the F30 Akebono doesn't make a front pad for the 335, so I used Centric ceramics in the front and AEs on the back.

Generally, I've found the powerstops stopped ok, just took more pedal pressure to yield the same stopping force. Note that any of these pads are powerful enough to trigger ABS.
Thanks so much. What's the part # or link to the front & rears for the f80? I'll give them a try.
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Thanks so much. What's the part # or link to the front & rears for the f80? I'll give them a try.
AKE-EUR1880 (front)
AKE-EUR1656 (rear)

I purchased mine from FCP Euro - free lifetime replacements :-).

Good luck!
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Do they have also a low dust setup for the "big brake kit" the 6 Pot Caliper?
If yes, is it possible to get a set to germany?
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I'm on my 2nd week of the Z23 pads and holly molly that squeal is horrendous!
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