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Question E36 Brake Upgrade and Rim Size Question

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I need help in determining the correct brake upgrade to go for and the resulting rim size dilemma. I have a 99 E36 328ic, and feel that the brakes are very ‘soft’. I have quite a bit of travel in the brake pedal, and don't feel like the brakes bite hard. Dealer told me I need new Rotors and Pads. I drove an 07 335i the other day, and just barely touching the brake pedal, the brakes bit hard almost jerking me forward! I want that in my E36. Sharp, biting brakes.

The question is, do I simply replace with the same standard equipment, but because it is new it will bite like the 335, or will I never get that sharp stop on my 328?

Turner offers an M3 Brake conversion kit: Turner Motorsport - Item# 325toM3brakes - E36 M3 Front Big Brake Conversion For E36 318i/325i/323i/328i - E36, is that advisable? I read other forums that say it is not easy to install M3 brakes into an E36? Are there any concerns I should have due to the fact that mine is a convertible? Will this really provide the bite I am looking for? This car is not for racing, and am looking at this more from a safety perspective.

I notice that the brake conversion kit requires 17” rims (I have 16” stock), but I do want to upgrade to the 17” Double Spoke original M3 rims anyways. A further question would then be, if I put on the new rims, I have the option of purchasing 7.5inch wide for the front and 8.5inch wide for the rear… do I rather stick with 7.5inch all round? Or 8.5inch all round? As this would assist in tire rotation, or do I stagger them and not rotate. I have also read up that BMW do not recommend rotation?

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I dont think that you should do such a drastic upgrade, if you say you're after safety the standard oem parts will do just fine, you should also look into a brake fluid change and have a close look at the condition of the brake lines, master cylinder etc.

If you want you could also look into standard discs with a sportier brake pad, however you may find that these will be a bit noisier than standard and will tend to wear the disc a lot quicker.

Possibly get cross drilled rotors, so many options depends on what you want really.

I do think that an M3 brake conversion is overkill for your application.

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Thank you for the assistance ///E36,

I have heard that cross drilled rotors can warp in winter weather. I live in NJ and will still use the car during the winter. Any advice on rotors / pads that will be used all year round? I do not put much millage on the car, perhaps 2000 a year, but do drive it in all conditions.

Please expand on what you mean by noisier.

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I think that E46 330i brakes will also fit the E36. The M3 conversion kit from Turner is also a good option. Either staggering or same width all around would be fine -- your choice.

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Fellow Bimmer fans…

I need help in determining the correct brake upgrade to go for and the resulting rim size dilemma. I have a 99 E36 328ic, and feel that the brakes are very ‘soft’. I have quite a bit of travel in the brake pedal, and don't feel like the brakes bite hard. Dealer told me I need new Rotors and Pads. I drove an 07 335i the other day, and just barely touching the brake pedal, the brakes bit hard almost jerking me forward! I want that in my E36. Sharp, biting brakes.

The question is, do I simply replace with the same standard equipment, but because it is new it will bite like the 335, or will I never get that sharp stop on my 328?

Turner offers an M3 Brake conversion kit: Turner Motorsport - Item# 325toM3brakes - E36 M3 Front Big Brake Conversion For E36 318i/325i/323i/328i - E36, is that advisable? I read other forums that say it is not easy to install M3 brakes into an E36? Are there any concerns I should have due to the fact that mine is a convertible? Will this really provide the bite I am looking for? This car is not for racing, and am looking at this more from a safety perspective.

I notice that the brake conversion kit requires 17” rims (I have 16” stock), but I do want to upgrade to the 17” Double Spoke original M3 rims anyways. A further question would then be, if I put on the new rims, I have the option of purchasing 7.5inch wide for the front and 8.5inch wide for the rear… do I rather stick with 7.5inch all round? Or 8.5inch all round? As this would assist in tire rotation, or do I stagger them and not rotate. I have also read up that BMW do not recommend rotation?

Thank you!
Hi,
I have a similar situation and would like to upgrade my 1999 328ic brakes for safety reasons. What did you end up doing?
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