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djcontra
06-10-2003, 03:58 PM
I've seen these ''big brake kits'' advertised everywhere, and they're god awful expensive too.
I was wondering, is there another kind of performance car I can steal rotors and calipers from that can easily mate up with the BMW E36? (easily of course isn't easy, but let's just say not impossible :))
Randy I believe had porsch brakes on his E30; does anyone have info on that mod?
How about E46 brakes?

Slowered318
06-10-2003, 04:09 PM
I would look into using 5 or 7 series breaks as an upgrade. You still might need to machine a bracket to hold the caliper, but they should have much more breaking power.

BTW porsche breaks aren't cheap!

T-spec
06-10-2003, 04:19 PM
Originally posted by djcontra
I've seen these ''big brake kits'' advertised everywhere, and they're god awful expensive too.
I was wondering, is there another kind of performance car I can steal rotors and calipers from that can easily mate up with the BMW E36? (easily of course isn't easy, but let's just say not impossible :))
Randy I believe had porsch brakes on his E30; does anyone have info on that mod?
How about E46 brakes?

Stoptech big brake kits come with porshe calipers.

djcontra
06-10-2003, 04:24 PM
What if I could get rotors and calipers from an E39 M5? Would it be worth it, or more cost effective to just buy a bigbrake kit made for my car?

bart320i
06-10-2003, 04:34 PM
why not convert your front breaks to M3. I heard it's an easy swap but the rear breaks are hard

T-spec
06-10-2003, 04:40 PM
Originally posted by djcontra
What if I could get rotors and calipers from an E39 M5? Would it be worth it, or more cost effective to just buy a bigbrake kit made for my car?
Front brake kit for E36:

4 wilwood 4pot calipers-$900

E36 ///M3 cross drilled brembo's-$300

Goodrige ss/brake lines-$175

2 sets wilwood pads-$120

2 brackets to mount calipers to stock E36 knuckle: ? probably around 200-$250.

In total $1845 and it looks crazy(in my opinion) and way cheaper than any big brake kit!

djcontra
06-10-2003, 04:42 PM
T-Spec: do you know where I can buy that bracket?

T-spec
06-10-2003, 04:48 PM
Originally posted by djcontra
T-Spec: do you know where I can buy that bracket?

You would have to get all the measurements and get a machine shop to cut it out, or when I have free time I could machine them for you.

bmwm5lover
06-10-2003, 05:24 PM
Originally posted by T-spec
Front brake kit for E36:

4 wilwood 4pot calipers-$900

E36 ///M3 cross drilled brembo's-$300

Goodrige ss/brake lines-$175

2 sets wilwood pads-$120

2 brackets to mount calipers to stock E36 knuckle: ? probably around 200-$250.

In total $1845 and it looks crazy(in my opinion) and way cheaper than any big brake kit!
NOW THATS a break kit! No smoke show!(those that were at the Old school meet know what im talking about):D

moregothanshow
06-10-2003, 05:59 PM
Hey T-spec dont u need the e36 m3 spindles in order to get the rotors/calipers to fit on a regular e36?

GR8 Ride
06-11-2003, 02:51 AM
Originally posted by T-spec
Stoptech big brake kits come with porshe calipers.

Try again. Stoptech builds their own calipers, but use a relatively standard Porsche size pad (D447 or D372, out of a 944 Turbo).

The caliper is 100% Stoptech, not Porsche, but the backing plate matches that of the Porsche caliper. This is a fairly common practice amongst most BBK manufacturer's (as opposed to those who custom machine brackets and slap kits together).



Pat

ROB89M3
06-11-2003, 02:53 AM
Originally posted by bmwm5lover
NOW THATS a break kit! No smoke show!(those that were at the Old school meet know what im talking about):D

You frikin bastardo almost hit my M3 ! You bastardo ! :mad: j/ks

T-spec
06-11-2003, 06:17 AM
Originally posted by GR8 Ride
Try again. Stoptech builds their own calipers, but use a relatively standard Porsche size pad (D447 or D372, out of a 944 Turbo).

The caliper is 100% Stoptech, not Porsche, but the backing plate matches that of the Porsche caliper. This is a fairly common practice amongst most BBK manufacturer's (as opposed to those who custom machine brackets and slap kits together).



Pat

My bad! I know I read somewhere that one company rebuilds porshe calipers and uses them in big brake conversions, I thought it was stoptech but I guess not.Oops.

bmwm5lover
06-11-2003, 10:58 AM
Originally posted by ROB89M3
You frikin bastardo almost hit my M3 ! You bastardo ! :mad: j/ks
lol, no i didnt*angel* But gotta admit, the M3 has nice braking power! I think its time for a brake upgrade!:idea:

moregothanshow
06-11-2003, 08:19 PM
Hey T-spec dont u need the e36 m3 spindles in order to get the rotors/calipers to fit on a regular e36?
ok does anyone know how t-spec fit the m3 rotors onto his 3 series?
Thanks!

T-spec
06-12-2003, 08:53 AM
Originally posted by moregothanshow
ok does anyone know how t-spec fit the m3 rotors onto his 3 series?
Thanks!

///M3 rotors are a direct bolt on to any E36 spindle( same bolt pattern/ same offset) The caliper however isn't. To fit the caliper you either have to get an ///M3 knuckle or get an adapter bracket machined to mount the caliper to the stock spindle.

This bracket is to mount the caliper on the rear rotor, but its the same basic idea as what you'd have to do for the front.

T-spec
06-12-2003, 08:54 AM
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06-12-2003, 08:55 AM
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thinair
06-12-2003, 01:13 PM
If money is tight, either try to find a used e36 M3 set (calipers, spindles, rotors, pads) or a used e46 330 brake set (calipers, rotors, pads).

bmer332i
06-14-2003, 10:18 AM
A good option ...

http://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?threadid=99974&highlight=330+rotors