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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 09-27-2004, 02:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I been looking around for a big brake kit. Are they unheard of for our cars??
By the way i put new racing seats in over the weekend!! it took over 5 hours of fabricating to do!!(welding, plasma torchin power grindin fun)
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Old 09-27-2004, 03:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Brembo makes a big brake kit for our E30's. You can get it at Bavauto.com, it will cost you a few dollars, but if u have the money go for it!!!
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I just check and it didn't show anything?? I will shell out the money if it is worth it!
Not lookin for rotors but the whole kit! but hey thanks
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Ireland Engineering has big brake kits for 15"-17" wheels. bmw2002.com
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wilwood also makes bbks for e30s.....

may i ask why u want bbk for ur e30? Do you have a powerful engine that justifies your reason for a bbk?
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Well yes and no right now my car has an estimate of over 180hp due to racing certain of my friends cars. I have plans to purchase the Supercharger from *Lowendesign* By the end of Oct. Right now I do need to replace my brake booster and everything attached so why not make it worth my time!
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You say that like its a bad thing have you seen bad reviews?? if you have let me know!
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What size tires do you have? Unless you have 225 or wider tires bigger brakes wont do you any good. The abs system on these cars suck, and the current brakes are excellent as they are if they are properly bleed.
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You say that like its a bad thing have you seen bad reviews?? if you have let me know!
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Search a few other boards or just ask at some other BMW sites. They have a "Very" bad rep.

On a sidenote you have 180hp? what have you done to the car? And you figured this out due to racing another car? Suggestion would be to dyno the car then you would have an accurate figure.

Stock brakes are adequate for most conditions. I drive in Germany at Autobahn speeds all the time and they are adequate. Upgrade the pads and they are just fine.

I also have a US car in the states that has an M50 that's chipped and it runs stock brakes. I haven't been overly frightened yet.
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i have 225 tires with stock sized brakes and i have no problem locking my front wheels. just like almost anything else big brakes are a compromise; they add more rotational mass, more unsprung weight, and could possibly rob you of 5-10rwhp. in return they give you better looks, possibly better brake response, and more durable brakes.

if you have alot of grip in the front (R-compound tires) upgrading to e30 M3 spec brakes would be adequate.
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THe 180 is an estimate, yes my friends ford was dyno-ed. And i know that this is not accurate but would the dealship be able to dyno my car? and thank for the info!
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THe 180 is an estimate, yes my friends ford was dyno-ed. And i know that this is not accurate but would the dealship be able to dyno my car? and thank for the info!
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You should be able to find a local Dyno in your phone book under performance section of Auto's or use the www.yahoo.com and search AZ.

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Thaks and ill let you guys know the results after i install the rest of my parts im waiting for!
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Listen man,

that brembo stuff is for looks. Crossdrilled rotors crack reall fast if you race your car a lot, especially if you like to go reall fast and than stomp your brakes. Sloted rotors same crap. With the pads that they make now gasing is not as big a issue as it used to be. Also, your rears don't do sh*t. Don't spend your money on that unless you are making a "race car".

I wanted to get the brembo kit too but for 3k (front and rear) it was not worth it man. For about 500-600 bucks you can get brakes that will perform better than you need and they will weight a lot less than the brembo kit.

If you want to put brakes on, race your car first, see how the brakes perform. Then, change the fluid and the pads and see how you like that. These two things will improve your brakes a lot more and belive me, you will not need a brembo kit.

But, if you are all about show and having a sick looking car, yeah the brembos are the best looking and of course a huge caliper like that is going to do its job. I am currently trying to see if anyone is runing APracing calipers on any E30's.
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