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      12-13-2012, 11:50 AM   #1
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E90 Brake Pad Questions - Textar

Hi Everyone,

Currently I need to change my brake pads/rotors. However, I have couple questions on that. Please help me.

Question 1:
Does anyone know what's the difference between the following, standard pads and epads from Textar?

1) Textar 2379401
2) Textar 2379481 <- ePad

What does epad mean? My car is 2006 325i, are they the right part # for me?

Question 2:
Also, I need to buy 2 front rotors as well. Do you guys have any suggestion? I don't need the performance drilled one. it only need to be quiet at most of the temperature range. What do you guys think about the brand, "Zimmermann" ?

I will be so much appreciated if you guys can clear up my mind.
Thanks so much.

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      12-13-2012, 12:51 PM   #2
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I've never heard of that pad brand. Zimmerman rotors are fine. I had them on a previous car.
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      12-13-2012, 01:35 PM   #3
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Textar is a BMW OEM suppler. I would go with their standard pads and Zimmerman rotors. Just remember to order new brake pad wear sensors.
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      12-14-2012, 01:37 PM   #4
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      12-14-2012, 02:28 PM   #5
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Zimmerman and Brembo are both OEM suppliers to BMW. The brake pad sensor comes on and is ruined when activated thus you need to replace the sensor. You only have two one on the left front and one on the right rear. Which ever tripped most likely the front needs replaced...
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      12-14-2012, 02:37 PM   #6
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I swap rotors/pads back and forth between track and street. My track setup has Zimmerman solid rotors all the way round. They are fine, even bombing around Watkins Glen which is a heavy braking track. The brakes get hot enough you can smell them.

If you are driving an E90, be sure that you get the right front rotors/pads. They changed rotors between 07 and 08 in the front (to larger ones thankfully!).

The back pads that came my used E90 were Textar. Very dusty, but they worked well. It looks like the epad are a low dust compound pad. If that is what you seek, it might be OK. My experience is that low dust pads tend to fade if you get much heat in them, but for most people they don't get enough heat in them to be a problem.

[Edit] apeyuen - I note you have a 325i. Mine is an 328i which is what I meant when they switched front brake sizes in '08. Not sure that applies to the 325i.

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      12-14-2012, 03:35 PM   #7
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..are there no dustless brakes available for the E90? I had them on my E46...
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Ok, shameless plug. If somebody *in Canada* needs a set of new pads for their 2006 325 / 2007 328 with 300mm rotors, I have a set of un-opened (with original straps) Akebono EUR1061 ordered on my error for my 323i (which has 312mmm rotors like 2008+ 328i). 25$ shipped to Canada (because it is Christmas.... and I didn't sell them ) I have the correct variant for my car (EUR1267) and I can vouch that Akebono are dustless.
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=598793
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I have textar and Zimmerman on my fronts and so far they have been great but like always excessive brake dust
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I have textar ceramic pads with ZERO dust. Drawback is occasional noise at crawling speed. But I just can't take the dust anymore.
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