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Old 07-05-2013, 04:03 PM   #31
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I will also try to be careful about parking the car when the brakes are too hot. Makes sense to turn around the block and cool them down before parking.
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Old 07-09-2013, 11:29 AM   #32
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Wow, welcome to 10 years ago
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Old 07-09-2013, 11:36 AM   #33
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hahaha...more like 10+

I think I've had 18 bmw's in 6 years.

1 90 325is white - keepin
1 87 325i vert -red - keepin
latest addition 1 88-325is red - parts
latest addition 1 89-325i vert - white -fixin/sold
latest addition 1 92-318i vert - blue - parts
latest addition 1 87 325is blk - parts.
latest addition as of 2013-Gold 87-325is auto! it's a keeper!
KEEPER 88 5sp Vert 2016
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Old 10-08-2013, 09:27 PM   #34
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Well, the problem was my hubs. I realized that even brand new rotors had some wobble when I rotated by hand and watched the gap between caliper and rotor. Now I have FAG hubs and bearings with Ate pads and Zimmermann rotors and after 2 weeks of use and a 6 hour round trip drive, no trace of vibration.
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Old 10-08-2013, 10:26 PM   #35
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Originally Posted by mpower1226 View Post
Wow, welcome to 10 years ago
lol, and we are all still here.
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Old 10-10-2013, 05:48 PM   #36
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I've found that it's usually due to the brake pad deposit, especially if running high-performance pads.

Good way to check is to just re-bed the pads -- drive and do 80-20km/h braking at about 80-90% capacity (a bit away from locking / ABS). Do this 3-4 times in a row, then allow for a cooldown of a few minutes (you should be able to smell the brakes at this point). Go out and try light braking -- if smooth, it was the pad deposit and you're good to go again. If vibrating, then another problem, which could be a lot of things!

See the link here for Hawk's new-pad bed in: -- you're basically jumping to step 2 (step 1 is because they're new, and to remove the surface layer).

Hope all goes well.
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:18 PM   #37
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lol, and we are all still here.
Oh maaan - I didn't even notice how old this thread was!

Btw - that thing about the ditch and all - I think the term is Left Foot Braking. My dad used to race and he always tells me about that technique. This would be back in the 50s and 60s....

Apparently, if you need to switch from gas to brake frequently, it saves valuable 10ths of seconds. Also, it's supposed to settle the car somehow and smooth the transition from braking to gas etc....

I've tried it and it's really tricky. Mainly at a tight autocross - first gear all the way through. I can't say it worked for thing's for sure, I always stalled at the end of the run... left foot is on the wrong pedal!

Maybe a pro driver can take advantage of it?
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