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low dust brake pads

Hi!
The virtually impossible and back breaking task of keeping my alloys clean of this horrid brake dust caused by OEM pads is affecting my sanity and makes me feel like a puddle of nothingness.

EBC claims their Greenstuff pads produce up to 60 or 80% less brake dust compared to OEM whilst increasing braking perfomance.

What's your experience with them?
Are they really good at reducing brake dust emission?
I don't mind if this is at the expense of shorter disc (rotor) life but I would have a problem if they are noisy.
Do they work better with EBC discs (rotors) or better to stick to OEM discs?

Thank you in advance.
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I don't know about EBC pads, i use axxis ceramic pads with such a small amount of dust its not an issue. Do a search on brake pads you may find some helpful info.
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+1 for Axxis deluxe plus, longer life, excellent overall stopping performance and low dust. And not much more than stock pads.

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Ok aftermarket pads can do great things but there are a few things to consider. First if you use aftermarket pads use their rotors, mercedes rotors are very soft and only meant to be used with a soft brake pad, pads with less dust are typically much harder and therefor need a harder rotor. I dont know about noise every aftermarket pad I have used has been noisy, but I cant speak for every pad available. I do know that Mercedes now offers a harder pad and rotor combination that can be special ordered. But always remember, Mercedes puts enormous amounts of money into their brakes and traction systems, they are great systems.
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I've used the EBC green stuff, for the first couple of months the amount of dust was nearly none. Afterwards, the amount of dust was the same as the regular MB brake pads except that I found that the EBC dust was easily removable...
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Question Harder MB brakes/rotors

I'd like to vote with kyle21nluvnit. I didn't know that Mercedes is making different brakes as an option, but that is the approach I would take. Does anyone know more about these, and for which models they are available?

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You guys are aware that the high amounts of brake dust is the trade off for having great brakes, for me I find it a worth while trade off, I like stopping in short distances.
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+1 dahappybanana!

OEM Mercedes brakes are about as good as they get, and I am also willing to clean my wheels. I find it helpful to not let it build up too much. There are several spray-on hose/wipe-off wheel cleaners commercially available. I'm never able to hose it all off, but it gets loose enough that a gentle wipe with a paper towel is all it takes.

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You guys are aware that the high amounts of brake dust is the trade off for having great brakes, for me I find it a worth while trade off, I like stopping in short distances.
No, and I'm just sure we'd be aware of that if it was true.
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+1 dahappybanana!

OEM Mercedes brakes are about as good as they get, and I am also willing to clean my wheels. I find it helpful to not let it build up too much. There are several spray-on hose/wipe-off wheel cleaners commercially available. I'm never able to hose it all off, but it gets loose enough that a gentle wipe with a paper towel is all it takes.
Brake dust and a paper towel is about the same as using 1500 grit sandpaper on you wheels. The main ingedient in paper towels is--you gueseed it wood. While it may seem easy you are gradually destroying the finish on your wheels. Try using the spray on cleaner followed by some car wash shampoo, a sponge and a hose. Your wheels will love you.

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