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Old 04-12-2005, 02:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm going to be upgrading my brakes soon. Going with Zimmerman X Drilled front and back rotors, ceramic pads (nice ones), stainless steel brake lines and what not. My question is, can I upgrade my calipers to bigger ones later on? And if I do, so I have to use different brake pads to work with those calipers? I know nothing about brakes obviously :P thanks...
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I'm going to be upgrading my brakes soon. Going with Zimmerman X Drilled front and back rotors, ceramic pads (nice ones), stainless steel brake lines and what not. My question is, can I upgrade my calipers to bigger ones later on? And if I do, so I have to use different brake pads to work with those calipers? I know nothing about brakes obviously :P thanks...
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There are a lot of bigger brake kits out there. They come with mounting brackets, rotors, calipers, and their own brake pads. Are you talking about bigger calipers, or bigger rotors? If you are going bigger, don't think you can use stock pads. If the calipers are bigger the pads have to fit, so they are bigger.
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I know about those kits, but they're out rageous.. for 300-400 bucks I can put together a good kit without the bigger capliers so I'm wondering if I an just buy like stop tech calipers for 400-500 later on and add them to what I already have in place with my new stuff?
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I know the answer, but I'm not sharing.

Just save your money for another turbonator.
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I've heard lots of rumors that the rotors and calipers off of a 330i will swap right onto a e36. This gives you a bigger rotor, and more powerful caliper without having to worry about 16"rims* clearing.

*If you live in a snowy northern climate, 15" or 16" rims in the winter are a must.
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Dickhead. If I was in charge, I'd ban your ass in a heartbeat. Don't need assholes like you on the forum. Like I said in that topic, I get 30 days to try it out for free then I have to pay. Why not try it? If it sucks, I'll send it back and I haven't lost a dime. Now if you have something constructive to say about this thread, feel free to share it. If not, don't respond again you prick.
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Originally posted by jrhaile+Apr 12 2005, 05:14 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(jrhaile @ Apr 12 2005, 05:14 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-The Deuce@Apr 12 2005, 03:00 PM
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Dickhead. If I was in charge, I'd ban your ass in a heartbeat. Don't need assholes like you on the forum. Like I said in that topic, I get 30 days to try it out for free then I have to pay. Why not try it? If it sucks, I'll send it back and I haven't lost a dime. Now if you have something constructive to say about this thread, feel free to share it. If not, don't respond again you prick.
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True 330ci callipers and carriers will go straight on. Their 40mm bigger than standard 325 discs. You can also get 328 rear callipers that I thikn are the same size but vented (so 22mm thick as supposed to 10mm) and not solid like standard. So so so much cheaper than a big brake kit. And I think but dont hold me to it, you need at least 17's.
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well I have 18's so no problem there :P thanks for the info fellas
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Ok, I'll play nice.

If you want to up-size your brakes, you're going to need everything to match.

Don't waste money getting fancy rotors, if you plan on getting bigger calipers in the future. They won't work together, since the circumfrances will be wrong.

If the rotors are too big, the caiplers won't fit on them right, and if the rotors are too big, the pads won't fully touch adn you'll have big problems the first time you try to stop.

Unless you need to do brakes now, save your $$ for what your end plan is and do it once and do it right.
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I know about those kits, but they're out rageous.. for 300-400 bucks I can put together a good kit without the bigger capliers so I'm wondering if I an just buy like stop tech calipers for 400-500 later on and add them to what I already have in place with my new stuff?
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Like your buddy says , the calipers and rotors have to match. Of course a call to Stop Tech wouldn't hurt, in case we're full of it.


BTW, with the setup you're talking about, I think you'll find you will have plenty of brakes. Unless you beat your car to death or want a strictly track car.
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