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Hello I am looking to buy a new set of disk brakes and I am out of touch with whats the best type of rotors for my 2006 slk350. I want good ones! I know they are all different and all have their own perks and disadvantages but i wanted to know from you guys which are your favorits and why!?
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How hard do you drive, and how do you feel about brake dust? If you are needing rotors, the factory ones are perfectly fine unless you are putting in a lot of miles at the track. If you track the car, drilled or slotted rotors which help vent heat and dust might be worth considering. For pads, the factory ones have excellent bite when cold and don't squeak if installed correctly with pad lubricant. But M-B factory pads are notoriously dusty, and make the front wheels in particular look filthy in a hurry (M-B likes a lot of front brake bias). Akebono makes a replacement pad which has far less dust and only marginally less stopping power, and that last only apparent from really high speeds (say, 100 plus). Note that there are lots of manufacturers hawking cheap rotors, and they are just that...cheap. They wear quickly, warp if you get them really hot (track use), and sometimes crack over time (and not much time, either). You get what you pay for, and brakes aren't something to skimp on.
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Yes the brake dust!!! This is my largest problem! My wheels are black within a day right now so im looking for pads that will leave the least amount of dust! I am currently considering the drilled Wagners for the discs and i havent pinned down any pads yet though!?
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Yes the brake dust!!! This is my largest problem! My wheels are black within a day right now so im looking for pads that will leave the least amount of dust! I am currently considering the drilled Wagners for the discs and i havent pinned down any pads yet though!?
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Go for a disc/rotor that is respected in the industry - the difference between the better ones and cheap ones is grade of casting. Standard MB ones, as said already, you will not go wrong on.

Yes, I agree to Akebono pads. Widely available in the US (I wish the same were true in Europe). There is still dust - you cannot have a completely dustless pad - but the dust is not black and corrosive, it can be washed away easily. A little bit more effort required on the brake pedal.

Another pad is EBC Redstuff. Same composition as Akebono. More effort on the brake pedal, especially at cold.

A pad that is making a name for itself is EBC Yellowstuff (not sure if available in the USA though). Dusty, yes, but not to a huge extent and not as corrosive as standard. Great bite.
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To amplify Hal's comment, EBC makes several different color-coded compounds, and the Yellow and Green seem to get the most press as a street-driven choice. Red and Blue, I believe are more oriented towards track use. The Akebono pads seem to be a good compromise between brake feel and dust; a couple of my MBCA buddies have fitted them and are happy with them.

You'll never get away from dust, but you can do things to keep it from sticking. I use Griot's Garage Wheel Cleaning Clay annually to get stubborn grime off after thoroughly washing the wheel. Then I use a basic liquid car wax and give the wheel a really good coat of the stuff and buff it off when dry. The wax makes it much easier to wash the wheels clean. Of course, the wheel needs to be off the car to do this properly.
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Clive hasa fitted EBC Greenstuff... they are great...
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