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?