new generation of Performance Friction Z-Rated® pads are an
extension of the Performance Friction Carbon Metallic® brand,
specifically engineered for high-performance and/or severe-duty
usage. Not your mother's Z Rated pads in the past that were an
incredibly effective pad manufactured originally for truck fleets
from the local parts store! With relatively low dust levels
lower than stock pads), these pads have excellent bite, torque,
and modulation characteristics. Excellent for auto-X and light
track use as well. Elevate your BMW's braking system to the
associates will try to ensure accuracy of the products ordered
based on the year and model provided by the customer. The
ultimate responsibility still falls onto the customer to select the
correct parts and type the current year and model in the specified
blank. The year and model (ex."1998 328i") of your BMW
can be found with the VIN number in the driver’s door jam. If there
is any confusion in the listing please contact one of our sales
representatives for clarification.
**7855 pad shape used with PFC Direct Drive rear
(-8/07) does not work for early E93 convertible
These Work Well!
From Nigel Mott of Windsor, California on 7/28/2015.
I drive my Z3 Coupe on Street, Autocross and Track, so I truly need a combination pad. I understand that a combination pad simply must compromise in some area, but I've been pleasantly surprised and very happy with the PF Z-rated pads. Bite from stone cold is good and noise is almost none existent. Bite increases nicely after a single Autocross run to a consistent level. Modulation and release are linear and predictable. Once on track, bite continues to improve with heat and yet, to date, I've experienced zero fade. In the spirit of disclosure, I'm still in the novice ranks of HPDE and have not yet been able to push them to point where performance deteriorates. I previously had OEM and then Hawk HPS pads fitted to the same car. For me personally, the PF-Z is superior in every aspect. I note that the reviews from other folks have a similar theme. The only downside I see is that they are quite dusty, but I consider this a small (and acceptable) price to pay for so much versatility. I just purchased a replacement set, which is perhaps the ultimate endorsement.
These should be the default choice for people upgrading from OEM ///M pads
From Andrew R of MENLO PARK, California on 11/11/2014.
Bought my car at the beginning of 2014, a 2000 M Roadster. The first BMW I'd ever owned. The incredible braking performance was one of the first things I noticed on the pre-purchase test drive. So intense, almost "binary," truly wonderful. Soon, though, I had to do a complete overhaul of the brakes. I chose Hawk HPS pads sort of on impulse, without doing any research. DISASTROUSLY poor choice. They had awful initial bite, felt lousy when cold and even worse when heated up... (Kind of felt like I had rigged up the brakes from some other lower end vehicle.) AND, to top it off, they started squealing after about 600 miles. After planning, research, consulting with message boards... I kept the same ~2000 mile rotors that I'd put on very recently, didn't need to do any flushing or bleeding.. changed them out for a set of these Performance Friction pads - - a WORLD of difference. I really think that I've recaptured all of that original wonderful braking that the OEM pads offered, without the chronic dusting problem that they're famous for. Fantastic initial bite, and, on public roads I have not been able to fade them. Buy these. Seriously, you will not regret it!!
Excellent dual-purpose pad
From Karl of Seattle, Washington on 10/19/2014.
I was quite uncertain how these pads would perform both on the street and on the track, since "hybrid" street/track pads have a reputation for not working well when cold during street driving, nor when hot during track diving (classic jack of all trades, master of none dilemma). After driving on these pads for 1,000 miles, I have been pleasantly surprised by them in both arenas. Once bedded in, they bite considerably harder when cold than the Akebono ceramic street pads I had in my full-weight '98 BMW 328is. When they get a little heat in them, they stop the car noticeably harder yet. They held up beautifully during a full day of HPDE road course lapping in my 3,100lb+ 328is on 280 tread wear summer tires with an instructor riding shotgun. The brake pedal was rock solid the entire day, and they never exhibited any signs of strain.Brake dust is minimal to moderate. They dust more than ceramic street pads (which are virtually dustless), but far less than OEM BMW pads or full race pads.They are silent when cold, although when you get some heat in them, they squeak just the slightest amount ONLY when depressing the brake pedal just enough to have the pads barely contact the rotor surface. If you depress the brake pedal hard enough to actually slow the car down, they are silent at all temps. In other words, squeaking is a non-issue.These are truly wonderful dual-purpose brake pads for cars that are both street driven and are used for HPDE. I will certainly be buying these again when the time comes. Highly recommended!
From Victor Yeung of Hong Kong, Hong Kong on 5/8/2013.
What can I say, another first rate service by bimmerworld. Their prices are brilliant and the service from the sales are first rate. I even got a small jelly teddy's with my pads which I enjoyed!!! Delivery was prompt.Buy with confidence wherever you may be in the world. Keep up the fantastic work guys!!!The product is no doubt fab.
Excellent Pad for HPDEs
From Anonymous of Sonoma, California on 11/12/2012.
These pads are great on the street, but get some heat in them and they bite like mad on the track. I'm an Instructor for NASA and I have freaked out many of my fellow instructors with the braking power of these pads. I'm sure the more track-oriented PF pads deliver the goods even more dramatically, but I have never managed to fade these pads in any way in a typical session. Just get some heat in them during your out-lap and they will do you proud. Highly recommended and I have converted a number of folks to these pads and all are more than satisfied.
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