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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Mar 19th, 2013, 4:17 pm Thread Starter
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Which Aftermarket Brake Pads 2003GT

I like the front OEM brake pads but at over $200 it is time to look at the aftermarket. What are you using? Beemerboneyard has Carbone Lorraine in HH and regular. Has anyone used either?
Thanks in advance for your help.
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Non-HH Carbone Lorraine. The composition of the friction material is very close to the Brembos.....or so did my scratch/dust tests against the plate glass/sandpaper tell me. And also under high magnification.

Had bad luck with HH pads against BMW rotors before, expensive mistake I won't make again. Maybe fine for the low milleage week-end guys but nor for me.

Just bought another set for the rear thinking mine would need replacing at their usually low milleage, then looked and still half the pad material left at about 15,000 miles.

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Although I have a later 1300GT I think the calipers are similar, or even the same, and I too am using Carbonne Lorraine and am very happy with them, I am using the XBK5 compound (Sintered Ceramic) which is what Carbonne Lorraine recommend on that bike, but you can fit the standard A3+ if you prefer like H96669 does.

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Over here in the UK the most trusted independent BMW specialist recommends Ferodo FDB2125P fronts. (for my 2004 GT)

A quick google prices them at $64 for a full front set.
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Over here in the UK the most trusted independent BMW specialist recommends Ferodo FDB2125P fronts. (for my 2004 GT)

A quick google prices them at $64 for a full front set.

Hmm, might give them a go next time meself then, cheers mate, which BM place is that mate, Jap and German? Motorworks?

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I am sure it depends on the specific pad make up, but last time I ran Ferodo pads on an RS they made so much dust all over everything it was crazy. I got tired of the OEM prices as well, have used SBC and just ordered the Beemer Boneyard's Carbon Loraine. Have them, but not installed yet so I don't know how they feel.

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I am sure it depends on the specific pad make up, but last time I ran Ferodo pads on an RS they made so much dust all over everything it was crazy. I got tired of the OEM prices as well, have used SBC and just ordered the Beemer Boneyard's Carbon Loraine. Have them, but not installed yet so I don't know how they feel.
Funny you should say that, as I say, Im running Carbonne Lorraine in the front, but Ive EBC on the rear and the rear wheel gets so much more dirtier with black dust than the front.

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Hmm, might give them a go next time meself then, cheers mate, which BM place is that mate, Jap and German? Motorworks?
Motorworks - Always my preferred place - followed by Motobins and James Sherlock. All three know what they're talking about and their advice has never let me down. I tend to ring them to be sure they have what I need ready for despatch - call before midday and you'll get the goods next day. 99/100
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wow these things have brakes
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Motorworks - Always my preferred place - followed by Motobins and James Sherlock. All three know what they're talking about and their advice has never let me down. I tend to ring them to be sure they have what I need ready for despatch - call before midday and you'll get the goods next day. 99/100

Its funny, when I had a Boxer and did all my own maintenance I used both Motorworks and James Sherlock quite a bit. My 13GT still gets main dealer servicing for most stuff to protect the warranty and resale value but at over 100 for pads that's the one job I will do, I went local last time as the pads had suddenly(OK, I forgot to check ) got very near the metal and I was using the bike a lot.

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