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Old 05-12-2011, 01:04 AM   #1
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300mm Budget 'Bigger' Brake Upgrade

Anyone here ever tried this?

Does it really make a difference... What Carries are they

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Old 05-12-2011, 01:10 AM   #2
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better off with some good pads imo
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Old 05-12-2011, 01:16 AM   #3
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pfff...
OR for $250 you can get a set of big E46 330 used brake kit, with calipers, that are bolt on the E36! (with rotors and pads), but you must use 17" rims!
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What brake upgrade do you suggest for my e46 330 cic? I'm running the OEM 18'"
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Old 05-12-2011, 10:35 AM   #5
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why do you want better brakes? Are you tracking it ?
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Old 05-12-2011, 10:49 AM   #6
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pfff...
OR for $250 you can get a set of big E46 330 used brake kit, with calipers, that are bolt on the E36! (with rotors and pads), but you must use 17" rims!
Are they better than e36 m3 brakes?
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I would only do the fronts for that "extra" city/hwy driving stopping power. More of doing it to hop it up above OEM specs. Cheap end would be to up the quality of the pads/rotors without changing the calipers. Next would be larger diameter rotors and better calipers and brake lines.
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You may want to do a little research on brake bias.... The engineers at bmw spent more than a few hours figuring out the exact balance for braking.

Candidly if you aren't tracking the car, then just make sure you have good pads, and tires. I'm pretty sure you can lock up the front wheels on pavement with what you have already
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What brake upgrade do you suggest for my e46 330 cic? I'm running the OEM 18'"
You can go with the M3 Competition parts, unless you want to spend 10X more on BBK...I think the fronts were 350mm, around 13.5" with bigger calipers, more then enaugh for a steet car IMO.
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Old 05-16-2011, 09:38 AM   #10
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Are they better than e36 m3 brakes?
Id like to know this aswell..
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Old 05-16-2011, 11:06 AM   #11
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Are they better than e36 m3 brakes?
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Id like to know this aswell..
e46 330 brakes are slightly bigger (but narrower in the front), they are so close I don't think it matters much.

E36 M3
Front: 315X28
Rear: 312X20

E46 330ci
Front: 325X25
Rear: 320X22

There is a BMW Performance upgrade for e46 330ci, but it isn't cheap.
It comes with Floating rotors and i believe requires 18'' wheels (not sure).


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e36 M3 brakes and e46 330ci brakes are (practically speaking) identical. i'd go for the e36 ones cause they're even easier (i did, i love them). I recommend getting a M3 master cylinder for better pedal feel after completing the upgrade.
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^^^ +1. I did the same, no regrets. I very much recommend the master cyl as well.
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Old 05-16-2011, 04:24 PM   #14
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Yup - e46 330 front brakes with e36 M3 master cylinder. Even uses the same brake pad as the M3 (e36 and e46) which means there are lots of options.

While you are doing this, put the brass bushings in at the same time. Makes a world of difference.
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