Ceramic Brake Pads?

Discussion in 'Wheels, Tyres, Brakes & Suspension' started by AndyBW204, Aug 22, 2017.

  1. AndyBW204

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    Hi, I am just wondering if anybody uses ceramic brake pads? I have a W204 C220 CDI and I am getting a lot of brake dust from the pads that were fitted before i bought it. I believe ceramic pads give off a light grey dust that isn't prone to sticking to your rims but I also heard that ceramic pads need time to warmup for optimum braking. This concerns me as I don't want to compromise braking power on a cold start. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    Have a look at green stuff.yellow stuff.red stuff brake pads.
     
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    I use red stuff...virtually no dust.
     
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    Thanks guys, forgot to mention that it is only for standard road use. Do the green stuff pads requiring a warming up period before they bite?
     
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    I use ATE ceramic pads without any problem and my brother has EBC Greenstuff ditto.
    I have clean wheels and very little wear. They seem to work perfectly from cold but may get even better if you warm them up with some spiirted driving!
     
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    I wouldn't change from normal road pads to performance pads unless replacing the discs at the same time.

    Were the previous 'dusty pads' genuine MB or aftermarket standard road pads?
     
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    I'm using ATE ceramic pads, less dust & brakes are as good as they were on standard pads, hot or cold.

    Russ
     
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    From memory, "Green" is barely above their OEM replacement products. It's then "Red", "Yellow", and "Blue".

    I would not advise putting Bluestuff in a road car; they are an endurance pad so do nothing until you've got decent heat in them (then last for ages). - I run Yellowstuff in the GTiR, and they seem fine on both the road and track; they do get better with a bit of heat.

    They all come with a break-in compound on the surface, so the discs are conditioned as the pads bed-in.
     
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    Th garage I bought the car off put new aftermarket pads and discs on but I am getting a lot of brake dust from the pads so I'm guessing they are just poor quality. Would switching back to the OEM pads reduce the amount of brake dust?
     
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    OEM pads have the most dust of all, that's why we look for alternatives.

    Russ
     
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    As above OEM are dusty as hell.

    I'm considering Textar e pads or ATE ceramics. Just not sure which to go for.
     
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    I moved from Red Stuff to Textar, The textar do not seem to be too dusty.
     
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    Which brand/type of ceramic pads would you recommend for SLK55 R172? My "new" car must have OEM pads because rear wheels are getting brown and very dusty. Fronts are getting a bit dusty but dust is grey so not that bad. Didn't have this issue in previous SLK55.

    I don't plan to go to track, just normal driving in UK and a bit faster on continent.

    Below is example how bad it gets, that's after 1000 mile driving on motorways, not a lot of braking. Wheels are black in case of any doubt.
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    Ebc red stuff dont give any dust really and bite good from cold
     
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    +1 for EBC Red stuff- I had them on my SL500 and barely got any dust. Sadly they don’t do the Red stuff for the 63 and I’m less impressed by the yellow stuff pads
     
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    I must be doing something wrong, because I can't find red stuff in reasonable price. I can only see £999 which can't be right? Finding anything ceramic for rear seems to be a problem, at least online.
     
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    What year is your car and what model 171 or 172?
     
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