OK. It appears that either the EBC Red Stuff or the Akebono Euro pads will serve my needs. When I went to order pads, I found that there are two part numbers for the 2008 SLK 280 and I do not know which fits my car.
From the VIN, a M-B dealership parts department gave me the Benz part # which is
003 420 6020. Do you have a cross reference for either EBC or Akebono? TIA
I believe this was a problem with the previous version of EBC pads. The company changed leadership and the product to eliminate the overheating. I got this information from other forums (a Subaru one IIRC).I would strongly advice against ebc pads. They overheat the disks and cause warping.Sure the red stuff have a better initial bite than the mediocre MV OEM ones, but ebc's are not worth the trouble. Have a look at porterfield pads as well, they are better than stock oem ones with no other problems manifesting.
Mine was late 2010 EBC pads, that managed to heavy warp/score the brake disks after 6000 miles. I wiil therefore refute the new paste/leadership argument. Ebc pads do create hot spots unfortunately.I believe this was a problem with the previous version of EBC pads. The company changed leadership and the product to eliminate the overheating. I got this information from other forums (a Subaru one IIRC).
How long a go did you have the EBC pads?
These same sites said the porterfields caused excessive rotor wear. I guess it's hard to tell unless you try them yourself.
Mine was late 2010 EBC pads, that managed to heavy warp/score the brake disks after 6000 miles. I wiil therefore refute the new paste/leadership argument. Ebc pads do create hot spots unfortunately.
We have a clk230 sports package (same brakes as the 350) with porterfield pads which seems to behave quite nicely with spirited driving, but then again the stopping characteristics were not a significant improvement from the mediocre OEM pads. Rotor wear with porterfields after 10000 miles is satisfactory
EBC's were a decent improvement,retardation-wise, but they warped the disk excessively and do so in my experience even when used with premium brake disks as well.
Mercedes brake disks are partly to blame since they are not of that high a quality. Apart from EBC replacement disks , which i find overpriced, there does not seem to be a suitable upmarket,straight fit replacement.
Bosch/ATE barke disks are really OEM quality, pagid disks are not that good, and I have no experience with Zimmerman sport disks whcih seem hard to source.
This would of course be a serious brake disk choice but it is not a straight fit
It is a disgrace that the choise of pads for the slk350 ,sharing the same brakes with many merc models, is so limited.
There are no premium ferodo or pagid pads for it, so you are either left with converting a suitable ferodo ds2500 pad (FRP3067 seems to be the one nearest to the MB calipers size), or going the whole hog with aftermarket calipers and brakes.
I can advice of an AP Racing solution if you would like,but it needs custom work to be done. (Slk350's with 17inch wheels have clearance problems if to be fitted even with the shortest and slimmer 4pot AP calipers, due to the construction of Merc wheels.)
So called AMG, brembo sourced brakes are not my choice, in that money bracket (or ever). :burnout:
From your post, below, "It is a disgrace that the choise of pads for the slk350 ,sharing the same brakes with many merc models, is so limited." If the brake systems are the same, why can't the pads interchange?
Hi, apart from the oem pads, there are very few options for getting a pad that is even marginally better. That is surprising if you take into account the volyme of MB cars that have these brake calipers and the apparent reluctance of premium manufacturers like Ferodo and Pagid to offer better than OEM alternatives.
The brake systems are the same, one OE pad is offered for all MB cars that have these brake calipers...No point in interchanging the same MB pad.
I have used or have in use the three pads I mentioned above and compared to what might have been available, it is infuriating to say the least. The same calipers (later 2piston) that are present in slk350's are also used in C-class 230k sports packages, adding up to quite a lot of cars needing pads!
I didn't state my question very well, did I. I apologize.
It appears from your posts that SLKs share brakes with more than one other M-B car. I would like to know which. Given the small volume of SLKs sold; it might be easier to find replacement brake components using another model car as a point of reference. Thanks again.