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alec.m
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Brake discs

Post by alec.m » Fri 26 Aug, 2016 12:26

ECP have another 30% off sale on. I`ll be needing some front discs and pads for my 3.0 before the year is out so I`m thinking of getting them while the sale is on. I`d like some views on the difference between say Eicher premium that work out at £17.50 each after discount and Bosch which work out at £35 each after discount. Are the Bosch ones twice as good as the Eicher? My thoughts are it`s the pads which make or break the stopping performance but that brings another dilemma, which pads does one fit. Thanks in advance. Alec

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Re: Brake discs

Post by mrscalex » Fri 26 Aug, 2016 12:54

alec.m wrote:ECP have another 30% off sale on. I`ll be needing some front discs and pads for my 3.0 before the year is out so I`m thinking of getting them while the sale is on. I`d like some views on the difference between say Eicher premium that work out at £17.50 each after discount and Bosch which work out at £35 each after discount. Are the Bosch ones twice as good as the Eicher? My thoughts are it`s the pads which make or break the stopping performance but that brings another dilemma, which pads does one fit. Thanks in advance. Alec
ECP have a 30% off sale at least once a week ;) Subscribe to the daily email, they often do 30% off as a 2 hour flash sale. But never, ever buy from ECP when time is on your side unless they are running a 30% discount :lol: In fact the email pretty much gives a 20-30% discount every day of the week. It reminds me of a joke a former colleague used to tell. "I'm the unluckiest man in the world. I walked into MFI and they didn't have a sale on" - maybe you had to be there...

Carparts4less (owned by ECP - it's the mail order only arm) are often as cheap as ECP with the 30% discount.

I went with Pagid from ECP. Can't remember the rationale but I tend to go for best value. ie best quality for a middle of the road outlay. I probably ignored the very cheapest and then went with the cheapest from a bunch of closely priced well known makes.

I honestly think with brake pads and discs that there's a lot of unnecessary paranoia. Don't buy obviously cheap/unbranded stuff and don't invest money in EBC (greenstuff etc) unless you are taking it on the track. Otherwise any well known make should be up to the job. I can certainly confirm my Pagid parts stop the car ;) but then I never throw the Z3s around, now my Alhambra - that's a different matter :)

PS I can see you're wise to it but for others don't forget ECP list brake discs singley and not as a pair.
PPS for anyone who's never picked up parts from ECP before, take a deckchair, sandwiches, thermos of coffee and a novel with you. They are sooooooooo slow.
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alec.m
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Re: Brake discs

Post by alec.m » Fri 26 Aug, 2016 14:24

Thanks for the input Robert. I`ll probably go for the middle of the road ones as I always do. Eicher premium ones must be made to a spec that passes some EE laws. Maybe it`s the make up of the metal that makes a price difference and of course the top branded will always command a premium price even if they`re OF identical quality.

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Re: Brake discs

Post by colb » Fri 26 Aug, 2016 15:42

Try Carparts4less even though they are part of Euro Parts they are often cheaper than Europarts
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Del
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Re: Brake discs

Post by Del » Fri 26 Aug, 2016 20:17

As you say, they all have to comply with modern standards. Eicher is ECP in-house, budget brand. I haven’t tried that specific brand but usually with budget discs they “rust-up” quite quickly and don’t have the protective, rust resist coating which preserves the non-friction surfaces. Personally, I’ve used Pagid discs and pads on several cars and been happy with the quality. I view it in the same way as budget tyres and known brand ones.

One brand which I feel is a little overpriced and trades on the name is Brembo. A couple of months ago I had to complain to ECP and return some Brembo pads for the ATE/BMW style callipers and the three clips would not fit inside the piston rim – changed for Textar which fitted perfectly.

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Re: Brake discs

Post by g8jka » Fri 26 Aug, 2016 20:29

I have eicher discs on mine, no issues with rust and they seem to be fine. I'm pretty sure I also have eicher pads, or at least have had in the past and they were ok although I wish I would have gone for some better ones. Personally I don't think the brakes are brilliant on any zed so go with the best you can afford.
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Re: Brake discs

Post by Lewy » Mon 29 Aug, 2016 01:30

Brakeparts.co.uk - just done discs and pads all round on my cayenne for £250 - a lot of the trade go through them

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