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Old 09-26-2015, 12:17 PM
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While getting my E55 aligned yesterday I noticed I needed new front brake pads. Is it OK to replace the pads and not the rotors if the rotor thickness is in spec? What pad do you like? Mine are stock and very messy, also have more brake pedal travel than I like so I may bleed the brakes when I install the pads. Thanks for your input.
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When i bought the car i didn't like the brake feel, so I installed SS brake lines from StopTech and replaced the fluid ---> less travel and feels snappier.
I'm using Meyle semi-metallic pads with RacingBrake rotors, dust is far less than stock and looks bright brownish.
I believe there are better ceramic pads with even less/bright dust. Sadly i can't use ceramic pads with the rotors

As for installing new pads on old rotors, if it's still within acceptable spec, I see no problem in it.

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+1,

Also, you have to measure Rotors thickness, if they less than (30mm), means new pads will be useless,

prefer to change them at the same time, you can go with alternative Rotors during to the high cost of stock Rotors,(which i believe not it's worth it)..

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Old 09-27-2015, 01:58 PM
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Best stock feel pad IMHO is by Jurid. Light pedal effort and quiet.
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I'm running Akebono ceramics right now, and they're my pad of choice
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I'm running Akebono ceramics right now, and they're my pad of choice
Me too. They probably don't work as efficiently as OE or OE equivalent pads, but they are close enough for me. They are soooooooo much cleaner than OE pads.
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Me too. They probably don't work as efficiently as OE or OE equivalent pads, but they are close enough for me. They are soooooooo much cleaner than OE pads.
That's what I like most about them, over OEM pads
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Thanks for the advice...I am leaning towards Jurid pads and OEM rotors along with new brake fluid...hopefully this will improve pedal feel and travel.
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OE pads do dirty up the rim BUT I started using Armor All Wheel Protectant and it works really well. Keeps my rims very clean and when they do finally dust up a little, I use a spray bottle with water and rag. Takes 60 seconds for all four wheels.
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I haven't had to replace my 55 pads in a while; however, earlier this year I replaced my SL65's OE pads with EBC Redstuff ceramics. Stopping power increased significantly. Fade and dust also reduced - dust is way down from OE pads.

I'll use them on the 55 when I need to replace...

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I haven't had to replace my 55 pads in a while; however, earlier this year I replaced my SL65's OE pads with EBC Redstuff ceramics. Stopping power increased significantly. Fade and dust also reduced - dust is way down from OE pads.

I'll use them on the 55 when I need to replace...
I have the red ebc pads waiting to go on
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+1,

Also, you have to measure Rotors thickness, if they less than (30mm), means new pads will be useless,

prefer to change them at the same time, you can go with alternative Rotors during to the high cost of stock Rotors,(which i believe not it's worth it)..

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Zayed I have to agree with you on the ridiculous price of the stock rotors. Which ones do you recommend?
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Depend of your choice Carl,

you can go with OEM drilled or slotted Rotors, on both, you have to re-drilled hole in the Rotors for small retaining screw, but it's not necessary, i used mine with out that retaining screw..

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Thanks for all the replies. Has anyone used Hawk pads?
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Thanks for all the replies. Has anyone used Hawk pads?
I use Hawk Performance brake parts exclusively. I used to think the Merc OE are the best, but ever since I moved to Hawk on my R class i noticed a Significant (stress significant) improvement in feel and stopping power and control (as in progressively more braking on additional pedal pressure) ever since I started using Hawk. I have since then made it a policy to dump OE pads on any new car I buy and immidiately replace them with Hawk. I did that on a Toyota sienna and noticed a similar significant improvement in stopping behavior on that car too. Additionally they produce a LOT LESS dust. On a GL450 there was a minor improvement from OE. Hawk is a USA made brand and I once worked for the company that owns that brand, I got my first pad set at employee prices, that is the only reason I tried non OE for the first time. I am so glad I tried and even though I don't work for them. I will always buy that brand. (Also I know they can use the extra sales as most US manufacturers of such parts are struggling).
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I noticed you have or had an E550. Did you have the Hawk pads on that setup? If you did which ones the HP+ or the HP 5.0? I'm trying to decide for my 2014 E550. Thanks
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Akebono & Zimmerman

Don't have anything to compare them to buti I love them and did I mention
....... NO brake dust

I can compare them to OEM

Most brake dust I've ever seen.
They'd be dirty within one day.

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