Situation: Replacing the front brake rotors and pads.
Alternatives: Do I have any OEM alternatives? Could I switch to M3 or e46 rotors? I think this requires new calipers, and I'm ok with doing that (discount through work) but I just don't want to have to change the wheels. What upgrades can I do?
i hate BMW OEM pads, they are the dustiest pads ive seen ever. and the rotors are ok. so dont really worry, if anything just get some new pads. maybe some EBC green stuff's or some PBR's (they are the more affordable pads with more than half the dust)
Originally posted by Kevin325i@May 12 2004, 11:17 PM Rotors off an M3 won't fit unless your get the calipers too. There's brackets to make them fit to the normal mounts. They won't fit because they're wider and have a larger diamter I believe.
This is true. And yes, you should definitely get better pads. My front pads are the dustiest pads I have ever seen. I hate washing every other day.
Ok, you have two options without going to a real BBK in the front.
The e46 330i front brakes fit. All you need is the front rotors, calipers, caliper carriers/sliders, and pads. Aside from that they bolt right on.
I went with the e36 M3 front brakes. There are two ways of doing this, the proper way requires the front rotors, calipers, caliper carriers/sliders, pads, and spindles/kingpins/steering knuckles. With that setup everything bolts on. I decided to no use the M3 spindles, so the back of the caliper carrier/slider needs to be machined 0.295" down around the mounting holes. Then everything just bolts on. The brakes do make a nice difference on the track. I still run the stock setup in the rear.
Basically normal e36 brakes are actually pretty good, just get better pads and you're set. And remember, your brakes are only as good as your tires.
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