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post #6226 of 14186
Some are better than others. Generally, the more expensive ones (eg. Cool Carbons) are better than the cheap ones (eg. Akebonos). YMMV. I'd stick with OEMs.
post #6227 of 14186
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Originally Posted by Beckwith View Post

I should have probably said I was in the market for the pads only. I have gotten the formula down to cleaning the rims as after a coat of chemical guys wheel glaze and repeated coats of spray wax I am down to soap and water. Was trying to get a feel for how different the car would be if I used ceramics or OEM if at all. I had heard they were less repsonsive, especially when cold.

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Some are better than others. Generally, the more expensive ones (eg. Cool Carbons) are better than the cheap ones (eg. Akebonos). YMMV. I'd stick with OEMs.

When I was romping my CTS-V a few years back with massive four corner brembos (corner braking was as much fun as accelerating out) I switched to Hawk Performance pads (http://www.hawkperformance.com/) primarily for dust reasons and never looked back. Feel and performance were comparable to OEM with - no joke - 20% or less the dust of the OEMs. That, plus I found a wheel cleaner with teflon in it (that's what it screamed on the label) and that seemed to help bleed off dust as well.

YMMV and there may be better products out there since, but those two items worked wonders for me.
post #6228 of 14186
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edit - oh yeah, and they hardly make any brake dust. that's kind of nice because wheels are a pita to clean

this is essentially the only reason i want to upgrade to ceramic on my xk.
post #6229 of 14186
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That, plus I found a wheel cleaner with teflon in it (that's what it screamed on the label) and that seemed to help bleed off dust as well.

where to kop?
post #6230 of 14186
No enough ffffuuuu.gif , damn garbage truck hit my car. Hopefully there isn't any structural damage and just have to replace the rear fender, wheel and bumper.
I haven't even received my plate for this car yet. censored.gif

Crappy iphone pics.
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post #6231 of 14186
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Originally Posted by RFX45 View Post

No enough ffffuuuu.gif , damn garbage truck hit my car. Hopefully there isn't any structural damage and just have to replace the rear fender, wheel and bumper.
I haven't even received my plate for this car yet. censored.gif
Crappy iphone pics.


Damn that sucks and it being black just makes it worse.


You haven't received your plates yet, WTF?
post #6232 of 14186
Yah they lost the plates in the mail, I never received it so I had to ask for new ones and that has been 2 months already. baldy[1].gif
post #6233 of 14186
They send plates in the mail lucky bastard, last I heard it took 4 hours at the DMV to get new plates here.
post #6234 of 14186
Yah I was in a Z4 forum that has mainly Euro members and I noticed that their new cars already has plates as drive off the dealership and I was surprised that buying a car in Euro is so different in the US. Apparently you can't really go to the dealership, buy the car and drive home in a new one. At least that is the cases with BMW dealerships where you pretty much have to order the car and wait for it to be built and delivered for you to be picked up.

Here in the US, you go to the dealership and within a few hours you could be driving home with a brand new car. And they mail the plates to you and could take 30-60 days, in the meantime they put a registration sticker on the windshield so we get to drive the car w/o plates for a little while.


As for my car, looks like the body panels alone is $1k and with body work/paint and work hours with a new wheel, I am looking at at least $3k. My biggest concern is body damage, rear axle and if the mechanical roof will be affected (apparently this is very sensitive and the slightest hit could cause it to malfunction).
post #6235 of 14186
ouch. not good.

you buying this or leasing?
post #6236 of 14186
It's a lease (will replace it with the new Cayman or 911 when done) so hopefully it won't be a problem once I return it. Should there be any concern with value when it's leased? I know it'll take a hit if I were trying to sell it myself but I'm not sure if there are repercussions when it is leased.
post #6237 of 14186
no, in this case it's good that it's leased. otherwise you take the diminished value hit along with the repair cost

you shouldn't get hassled when you turn it in if it's been repaired to a reasonable spec
post #6238 of 14186
Thanks, at least that is one thing I don't have to worry about.

I'd have to take it up to my insurance and they'll cover everything and then they'll try and get the money reimbursed by the broke City of LA so chances are the case might still be open by the time I return the car. I'd definitely take it to a certified BMW repair center and get it fixed back to brand new condition, it's such a huge hassle though.
post #6239 of 14186
Man, that's the thing I hate about body damage to your car. Even if it's fixed to a satisfactory state, you'll still lose value on the car if (when) it's reported to Carfax and you try to sell it. Insurance should cover that diminished value.. although it'd be hard to calculate.
post #6240 of 14186
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Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post

Man, that's the thing I hate about body damage to your car. Even if it's fixed to a satisfactory state, you'll still lose value on the car if (when) it's reported to Carfax and you try to sell it. Insurance should cover that diminished value.. although it'd be hard to calculate.

I'm not sure how much does it cost without insurance to fix that but in some cases it is much cheaper than the value that you gonna lost when trying reselling it due to the Carfax. I did that with my Toyota, not sure about German car tho dozingoff.gif
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