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Finally my E320 came to 106K and the brake pad warning comes on. After taken right front wheel out and check the rotor thickness, it is at 25.5 mm. The service limit is at 25.4mm so it is time for the rotor and front disc. I pull up gregs210's post and most guy were usng the Zimmerman Disc. When I go through the internet seller. Autopartswarehous.com is lower than autohausAZ. A $97 Zimmerman disc is selling for $62, but Balo's $97 disc is selling for $59 but a pair is selling for $106. So I assume the Balo's $59=$53 pair. One thing I know the Balo Disc has no Zinc coated to protect the rotor from rusting before usage. But I am going to use the rotor immediately, and its my wife's daily ride, rusting has never happen to the old set in last 9 years. I also bought a set of Akebono pad that comes with sensor & paste for $65 with $10 off for special.
Do anyone here ever use Balo Front Disc ?
 

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What brand are the discs that lasted 9 years? Must be OEM something. If I got that sort of lifetime from mine I wouldn't use anything else. Just curious: how many sets of brake pads have you had in the 9 years and what brand(s) were they?

If I understand your numbers you are only saving $18 to buy the Balos. Is this correct? $122/pair for Zimmermann vs. $106/pair for Balos?
 

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The last set was OEM. Exactly 3 sets of pads. I think the Zimmerman is the same as Balo. The rust proof Zinc coating is to protect salt corrosion from winter roadway. But I believe the coating will be vanished once you start to use the car daily. Since the Balo's listing price is the same as Zimmerman, I assume they are the similar quality. I bought the non drilled or non slotted style because wrapped rotor will be out of the equation, my wife only drive below 85mph. I only drive the car once awhile around 110mph. Even the OEM rotor from dealer do not have zinc coated b/c saw rusted rotors in dealer's new car lot.
 

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Finally, I did a google search for "balo disc compare w Zimmerman". It comes out with more than 10 articles. Make it simple, both Balo & Zimmerman is from Germany. Guys from Romanina complaints about bad warped Zimmerman, also others complaints about cheap Balo. Conclusion, Balo or Zimmerman is about the same. If you drive the car like a racer, you better have a drilled disc, otherwise, blank disc will provide more friction surface and life. Some guy said the drilled disc is only for its look, normal driving will never able to make it a different. North Texas is flat plain, the ride is a school and grocery car, never drive to work. Rusting is never an issue in DFW. Balo should be the right choice.
 

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Finally, I did a google search for "balo disc compare w Zimmerman". It comes out with more than 10 articles. Make it simple, both Balo & Zimmerman is from Germany. Guys from Romanina complaints about bad warped Zimmerman, also others complaints about cheap Balo. Conclusion, Balo or Zimmerman is about the same. If you drive the car like a racer, you better have a drilled disc, otherwise, blank disc will provide more friction surface and life. Some guy said the drilled disc is only for its look, normal driving will never able to make it a different. North Texas is flat plain, the ride is a school and grocery car, never drive to work. Rusting is never an issue in DFW. Balo should be the right choice.
If you drive the car like a racer, you should use solid rotors. Drilled rotors are actually more likely to crack or break when stressed...plenty of pictures out there to show it. But it's true that you'll never notice a difference in braking between the two. (I'm one of those that run them for the look, since the more-open wheels show them off and I like the look.)

Re: the Zimmermans, I seem to recall reading that the coating on the Zimmermans is also supposed to eliminate the need for a specific bedding-in process. For the casual DIY-er, that should be a plus.
 

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What is the torque for the caliper mounting bolt & the caliper bracket mounting bolt ? Pls.
 

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Man this site is a dog today; it's taking a few minutes to load a single page. Ugh. The large bolts are 85 lb/ft (the bracket mounting bolts).

The small caliper slide pins (7mm or T45 hex) are just tight. The spec I think is 25nM, which is about 18 lb ft, but if you're using 1/4" drive stuff that's just "tight".
 

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It may be the cold spell hoovered over our nation. Get some CHK natural gas stock for the next few week for some fast buck, just good for X'mas present. Thanks for the torque spec.
 
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