02 Jan 2013
January 2, 2013

BMW Brakes

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BMW Brakes

Ever wondered why you get so much dust from your BMW Brakes? The very way brakes work means that some small amounts of dust are produced but new ways have been found to produce excellent braking power without the need for dust.


BMW Brakes are mostly made by the systems designed and builder ATE or Alfred Teves Gmbh and as a quality brake system designed they work principally with single piston caliper systems that employ high metallic and carbon content pads. These pads work well on BMW Brakes but do create a lot of dust. This dust is actually brake rotor material caused by the abrasive nature of the BMW brakes so the way to reduce dust is to reduce the rotor abrasion.


One company that has recently designed low dust brake pads claims to be able to offer BMW Brakes that perform well but eliminate a lot of the dust. The brakes are called Redstuff and more details can be read on the above link.


However BMW Brakes have other characteristics that are good in design functionality such as centre line slots and compound edge chamfers which reduce the pad overhang beyond the caliper piston supported area.


As very fast cars it is also essential that BMW brakes work well and do not suffer from brake fade. One such way to make sure any aftermarket pads you buy are quality parts and compatible with your BMW Brakes is to look for the ECE R90 brake safety regulation markings on the back of the pad. To read more details about this important European legislation that has outlawed cheap untested and often ineffective brake products please refer to the above link.


Brake fade is a phenomenon caused by poor quality brake pads which often use too much binding resin or low temperature stable resins where higher quality pads such as original BMW Brakes have a much higher quality base.


If you require aftermarket BMW Brakes there are plenty on offer but be careful to look for those all important ECE R90 markings on the pads before install.


Brakes are too important to cut corners but the ECE R90 law has taken care of that. If a pad is marked with the R90 coding it is as safe to use as genuine BMW Brakes.