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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old May 3rd, 2014, 11:39 PM Thread Starter
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Hello All,

My wife and I just purchased out first Mini about a week ago now. (08' Mini Cooper S Clubman) So far we both love it! My wife is already wanting another!

Here's my question...
I've been noticing how quickly the wheels turn almost black within a week of driving, from brake dust! I'm assuming here... that the dealership we purchased the car from used the absolute "cheapest" brake pads they could acquire! That is - "if" they changed them at all! And as I've already mentioned - it certainly seems to "show"... that's the case.

That said, I waned to know if there is a good set of brake pads out there - that won't break the bank - that are either "dust free", or "low dust"! I think ceramic brakes don't show much dust, but I don't think I need a set of those in day-to-day driving. I'm not racing.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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i have an 03/2012 build cms all4 with white wheels and the oem pads .... they make almost no brake dust at all

people with 2011 cm have complained of brake dust ... mini must have changed suppliers for 2012 production

my wheels after 2 weeks and 1000 miles ... i had not touched the wheels at all during the 2 weeks

left front


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right side looked the same ... ie no dust

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The rear wheels dont get dust on them like the fronts though as they dont work as hard, you show the rear on the photo, mine doesnt get much dust at the back, but does on the fronts, twice as much.
And thats with BMW pads as original on Brembo system.

Also depends on your driving style, heavy on the brakes? lots of town work? stop and starting? the pads will wear and create more dust than a 100 mile trip on the motorway where you dont use them much.
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the first pic is the left front ... but i will post all 4 corners here ... again taken 2 weeks and about 1000 miles after a wash ... the 2012 pads hardly dust at all

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ok, so back to the OP's query. What brake pads out there tend to produce little or no dust? EBC Redstuffs? Hawks ceramics? Akebono's?

Does using low dust pads reduce your stopping power?
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I use EBC Redstuff for the best combination of stopping power and low dust. Those OEM pads shown by bmwr606 are impressive for low dust though, probably even lower than Redstuff.

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