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Vehicle: SLK 55 AMG - 2006
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Brake Pads SLK 55 AMG 6 Pot
An update on my search for brake pads.
The 171 SLK 55 AMG, prior to the face lift, has 6 pot calipers on the front and larger rotors. I believe these are the same as later model 171’s with the 030 Performance Option. Most fitment guides list the early 171’s with the 4 pot calipers and list an optional fitment for “performance option”, which didn’t really exist then but actually what the car has for brakes.
I just spoke with Akebono technical support and they do not make front pads to fit this vehicle. The representative said the vehicle was not popular enough to spend the money to make the tooling necessary to manufacture this part. What he did share was the FMSI (Friction Materials Standards Institute) Number. Brake friction manufactures developed a standard numbering system over 60 years ago to aid design and manufacturing process. For us, it makes it easier to identify similar brake pads. The FMSI number for this application is D1116 (SLK 55 AMG with 6 pot before face lift). Some manufacturers use this FMSI number as part of their part number.
I have found a limited number of manufactures that make a ceramic brake pad (want low dust) in the D1116 size.
I decided to go with EBC Redstuff ceramics
DP31591C - Front with 6 pot
DP31490C - Rear
I hope this helps someone in the future.