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Old 09-26-2010, 10:05 PM   #1
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E30 Big Brake Kit

This is purely for research so I can make the best choice possible.

Which big brake kit are you using? Is it performing as advertised?

I am driving a 1990 325i and will be upgrading my engine to a more powerful e36 m3 engine over the winter. Once the engine is in I want to be able to stop in a hurry when necessary. This will be my daily driver and occasional track day car. I want something capable of both. My budget is $3000 plus install.

I realize I will have a lot more options if I convert to an e36 5 lug setup but I would rather stay as is and use the money for other performance products. So please let me know what you are using and your experiences so far.

Thanks in advance for all your comments.
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Old 09-26-2010, 10:18 PM   #2
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http://www.massivebrakes.com/

Expensive, but pretty much the best stuff you can buy.

Does your $3000 budget include wheels and tires though? Your going to need atleast 16" rims to clear any brakes that will make a meaningful difference.

But FYI, choosing an agressive brake pad will make the biggest difference of all.
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Old 09-26-2010, 10:32 PM   #3
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Thanks for the link. Are you using these brakes on your car? I'm curious to know if they perform as advertised.

No the $3000 is just for the brakes. Right now I've got 17" wheels with 205/40/R17 tires.
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Old 09-26-2010, 10:34 PM   #4
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I don't have massive brakes but i've seen a couple high horsepower cars with them. Head over to r3vlimited.com, you'll find a lot of racers who are running his kits.

I went the more budget friendly route with my BBK, RX7 calipers/corrado rotors
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Old 09-27-2010, 10:07 AM   #5
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The RX-7 brake upgrade is a good choice on a budget... did it to my buddy's turbo E30.
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Old 09-27-2010, 10:55 AM   #6
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Massive makes a few kits that fit 15" wheels. Lee makes a template on the site that you can put in your wheel to see if they will clear. Even his 300mm kit clears 15" wheels.

I'd get the 280mm kit. He usually has a GB on R3V, I think I saw them for $650. I'd spend the extra coin and get it over the RX-7 kit if you don't have access to a machine shop.
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Old 09-28-2010, 09:31 AM   #7
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Depends on how cheap you get the calipers

The RX-7 setup with a good set of race pad's is an unbeatable combination for quite a bit less then $650 (if you're lucky enough to get in on a GB).

In my friends case, we got the calipers for free bought some steel for ~$12 and some aftermarket Corrado rotor's for ~$30/ea... New fluid and pads and you're good to go.

Even if you have to pay for new calipers they're only about $70/ea CDN.
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Old 09-28-2010, 10:53 AM   #8
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For 3 grand you could do a 5 lug swap, get a nice set of used rims and tires and upgrade the brakes all at the same time.
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Old 09-28-2010, 11:48 AM   #9
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Depends on how cheap you get the calipers

The RX-7 setup with a good set of race pad's is an unbeatable combination for quite a bit less then $650 (if you're lucky enough to get in on a GB).

In my friends case, we got the calipers for free bought some steel for ~$12 and some aftermarket Corrado rotor's for ~$30/ea... New fluid and pads and you're good to go.

Even if you have to pay for new calipers they're only about $70/ea CDN.
Lucky. I paid 90/caliper new (after core return), and also paid 90 for a machine shop here to make the brackets (out of 4340 steel though). Than I saw that there is a guy on r3v who charges $60 shipped.
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Old 09-28-2010, 12:25 PM   #10
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have Lee`s BBK kit and they fit under my 15 inch wheels.not every wheel will fit so be carefull,do test fit first.i have set of Ronal`s and Team dynamics wheels that i use with my R compound tires.it is the best investment.i do lots solo 1 events and do lots lapping days as i live close to Shannonville.Lee is the best,support is amazing.higly recomended by me.i have done hours of lapping in calabogie as wel with NO brake fade.love it.here is the pic with my 17 inch wheels. http://s190.photobucket.com/albums/z...odbrakes-2.jpg
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Old 09-29-2010, 02:40 AM   #11
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E34 540 / E32 740 brake calipers, Audi TT front discs (312mm) and BMW E46 328 rear discs (294mm) work well. I bought adapters (easy to make yourself also) and brake discs with 4x100 bolt pattern from 300mm.de. Fill the 17" BBS RS's nicely





Sry for the big pictures.
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