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Old 06-17-2009, 02:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Brake Rotors and Pads

Just recently got myself a 2006 C230 Sport.

Drove it for about 3 weeks and brakes are starting to squeak on the fronts. I've looked it up and are considering either Hawk HPS or Hawk Ceramics. What rotors does everyone usually go after?

On the vehicle are Cross drilled Rotors. I was thinking of going either Brembo Slotted or EBC dimpled and slotted. I've read somewhere here that the stocks are zimmerman Cross drilled? Better to go one these or back to zimmerman?

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OEM. It'll be difficult getting anything better without spending another arm and a leg. The vehicle already has plenty of brakes for its HP and weight.
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... but the ceramic pads will keep the wheels easier to clean. Agreed on discs, the stock units provide lots of grab. Anything else will basically just be for looks.
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Well, the EBC rotors are not expensive, and I was satisfied with them... I agree sticking with OEM might be the best way though.
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... but the ceramic pads will keep the wheels easier to clean. Agreed on discs, the stock units provide lots of grab. Anything else will basically just be for looks.
True. Thankfully c class 5-spoke wheels are super easy to clean
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well, my logic for looking at the brembo's/ebc is that since i've decided on getting some hawk pads. either hps or ceramic, typically they are best matched with power slot rotors.

HOWEVER powerslot does not have rotors meant for my 06 C230 w/ sport package.

Does anyone know what the factory disc size is? I guess i could just take off the wheel and measure the disc but i figure if someone knew off hand, then it saves me from doing the extra legwork.

Now i've looked at the Brembo Slotted and those are 300mm or 11.8 inches. BUT the EBC's are 330mm or 13 inches. Which is the correct size for my C?

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Old 06-21-2009, 12:23 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Just don't use aftermarket pads with the OEM rotors. The OEM rotors and pads are made out of specific matching materials.

I also really doubt you're going to get better braking performance (other than brake dust!) with ANY aftermarket rotors / pads short of getting larger calipers. The MB friction materials are amazing. I know this from experience - wasted almost $100 on new brake pads only to go back to stock after a week. The insane amounts of dust are worth it, as much as it sucks.
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Bull.
Ceramic pads and stock rotors work fine.
You just may end up replacing them at the end of the life of the pads, which is easily 2-3x that of the stock pads which are absolute crap. I was getting 20K-30K miles a set, and
now I have almost 50K on the Akebono's, which still work great, and maybe 1/2 left.
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C230 Sport is right. Ceramic pads wear the rotors a lot slower, and of course the pads themselves wear slower. You might have less stopping power with ceramic depending on the manufacturers specific material. In general the less dust they produce, the less stopping power you will have, or so it seems.
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C230 Sport is right. Ceramic pads wear the rotors a lot slower, and of course the pads themselves wear slower. You might have less stopping power with ceramic depending on the manufacturers specific material. In general the less dust they produce, the less stopping power you will have, or so it seems.
I'd rather start breaking earlier, than sweating my a** off cleaning my brake dust every week in the florida sun...haha

I think i am gonna go with ceramic pads next time
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