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Ceramic brake pads

I can't recommend ceramic brake pads highly enough.

I put ceramic pads onto my SL500 R129 and the improvement was quite staggering.
With some of our bigger, heavier MB models brake fading as the pads heat up is not uncommon. I noticed immediately after fitting ceramic pads that braking was progressive and no discernible fading.
I do a lot of high speed motorway/freeway driving and it's not uncommon to pull up from 230Kph to 100Kph when some idiot suddenly pulls out into the fast lane, so it's comforting to have the assurance that you can pull up quickly and safely.

Another small bonus of ceramic pads is that they produce far less of that dirty greasy black brake dust that blights a nicely polished alloy wheel.
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Ceramics do work quite well. You lose a bit of the initial bite that organic/stock pads would afford you but in many instances it's worth the trade off.

If you want to go a step beyond ceramics, Porterfield makes an Excellent pad for the Spirited street driving, the R4S..and I can't say enough about their track pad, the R4.

I run the R4S's on all my street 560's and the 600. R4's on the track car.

A number of my customers 420/500 W124's are running R4S's as well with nothing but positive feedback

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I recall Mercedes issuing a dire warning regarding the use of EB Greenstuff ceramic pads a few years back. Excessive b/rotor wear is no longer an issue?
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Never fiddled w/ EBC's... Only Akebono (why not, WP has them cheap enough) and the porterfields.. I haven't seen excessive wear on my TE, been about 7K thus far..

As for the PF's....considering how those cars get driven and the brakes get WORKED excessive wear would be relative.

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Never fiddled w/ EBC's... Only Akebono (why not, WP has them cheap enough) and the porterfields..

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Akebono ceramic pads are difficult to get hold of outside of the USA which is a pity.

I went with EBC RedStuff on my R129 Sl500s and find them excellent in stopping a two ton car very quickly

German Star mentioned EBC GreenStuff, are they in fact a ceramic compound ????
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So Akebonos on a 210 wagon will not affect daily driving but will greatly reduce the brake dust?
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Akebono ceramic pads are difficult to get hold of outside of the USA which is a pity.

I went with EBC RedStuff on my R129 Sl500s and find them excellent in stopping a two ton car very quickly

German Star mentioned EBC GreenStuff, are they in fact a ceramic compound ????
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Yea, I hear you on the WP...Here it's a necc. evil.. GAP won't deliver w/o a fee unless you order over 50$..most of what I buy from WP is small/need it NOW items (I mainly deal w/ Brin.)

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Yeah, I did 10 years at Brinson.
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