Click to go to Forum Home Click to go to maXbimmer Home

Go Back   maXbimmer Forums > maXimum Tech > 3 Series > E36 (1991 - 1999)
User Name

Welcome to!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 01-17-2006, 05:05 PM   #16
6th Gear Member
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: toronto
Posts: 1,514

Originally Posted by BennyL
for the record, the stealership told me that most of the OEM rotors are zimmermann. im not sure if that is correct, but i assume they know what they are talking about.

if, for some odd reason, you decide to go with OEM parts, make sure to let me know, as i can get you a better price at the stealership.

now... i have a question to post to the knowledgeable ppl here. im in the same boat as sillyE36, as i need new front pads BADLY (and possibly rotors).

so i know shit-all about pads. as far as rotors go, i'll get blanks in the front. if i ever need rears, i need ventilated, since thats what comes stock on the convertibles.

but i need your help with pads!!!!! what are my options, what are the differences?

i can get Monroe pads at Canadian Tire for $60 or some high-end AC-Delco pads for $90 at Vaughn Auto. OEM pads from the stealership are $125 for the front set. and i also found a guy on ebay who can get me ceramic pads by TruStar for $80 shipped.

what are ceramic pads? is that a good price? does anyone know Trustar? are they good?

You can get Pagid or Jurid, which back when the E36 was new, these companies produced the pads for Mercedes and BMW, so it is like buying OE. And yes, zimmerman supplies BMW, except it doesn't come in a zimmerman box

As for the pics, nothing is 100% and they will crack, not saying that they won't but if driven properly, the chances are minimized. As for the metal brakes in the pics, why not try to find a pic of a new lemans car with those brakes? And I said I thought most did, not that they did.

I like x-drilled, some people don't and like blank or slotted. If everyone liked the same thing, it would be a boring world...
I'm just a crazy m*thrf*cker, livin it up, not givin a f*ck, living life in the fast lane
cisco911 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2006, 05:31 PM   #17
SickFinga's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Location:
Posts: 17,258
ATE provides rotors for E36, not Zimmermann.

I posted pics, not to show that they use metal one, but to show no one uses cross drilled rotors.

last pic

sillyE36, if I were you I would go with OEM rotors and aftermarket pads.
That would be the best setup.

If you end up getting M3 kit from Temp, which I highly recomend, get euro spec M3 rotors

They are lighter, cool much faster and look cool
SickFinga is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2006, 06:04 PM   #18
7th Gear Member
BennyL's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Toronto
Posts: 2,651
yeah, sillyE36, I suggest the same thing. OEM rotors, and aftermarket pads - thats the setup i'm gonna go with. rotors at the stealership arent THAT much anyways. I got a higher price on the Monroe rotors at Canadian Tire, than I did on OEM's.

now can somoene answer my damn question about pads?

My Ride: E36 318 Convertible - Black Ext. Peanutbutter Int.
BennyL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2006, 09:32 PM   #19
Has no idea whats goin on
spooner_dee's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 1,948
Send a message via AIM to spooner_dee
im in the midst of gathering my parts for my brake job, new front and rear rotors, new front and rear padds. For rotors im going blank oem, most likely or maybe brembo. for padds, i have pbr deluxe plus front and rear.

As I was walking up the stairs, I met a man who wasn't there. He wasn't there again today, I wish I wish he'd go away.
spooner_dee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2006, 09:54 PM   #20
thinair's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Bradford, ON
Posts: 8,811
Send a message via MSN to thinair
Originally Posted by cisco911
All race cars runs ceramic rotors and pads I believe
Wow, so untrue. There are so many racing organizations which prohibit ceramic rotors, Indy cars for example use steel rotors, so do Nascar.

As for your had improved feel (more bite), but I doubt you ever went out and measured stopping distances. X-drilled rotors have less surface area (less friction area), less mass to absorb heat (fade easier), and yes, crack, even OEM x-drilled rotors will crack, warp, etc. Brembo themselves even went public and said the only reason they even make them is because customers like the way they look.

X-drilled is great on motorbikes (less weight), and vehicles that operate in mud and water.

Remember, your brakes don't stop your car, your brakes stop your wheels, you tires stop your car. You can have a $10000 Brembo setup, 15" rotors, 4-12 piston calipers, but if you're running Kumho 712s for example it's all useless, all you have are fade free brakes that won't stop any better then stock.
"Driving is like a narcotic, an addiction that can take over lives. It ruins people, breaks families apart, and even kills. It’s habit that needs to be fueled. Time, money, rationality, sweat, knuckle skin, and anyone who disapproves are of little importance to a driver, and are often overlooked. Hi, I’m Nelson, and I’m a drivaholic."
thinair is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2006, 01:29 AM   #21
7th Gear Member
BennyL's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Toronto
Posts: 2,651
thinair wins!

now, a message to anyone on here who intends on buying OEM rotors or any OEM parts: please contact me. i can save you money at the dealership!

so is anyone on here going to answer my question about brake pads?

My Ride: E36 318 Convertible - Black Ext. Peanutbutter Int.
BennyL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2006, 01:17 PM   #22
4th Gear Member
mech9T8's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Toronto
Posts: 738
I have Brembo blanks and Hawk HPS pads.
I really like this set-up.
mech9T8 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2006, 03:44 PM   #23
7th Gear Member
BennyL's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Toronto
Posts: 2,651
ok, lets simplift my question. since it seems there are a whole lot of brake pad companies out there, can someone just explain to me what "kind" of brakes is should look for, rather than what "brand"?

i want something that will stop as well as my OEM pads, but maybe won't create so much damn brake dust.

as i mentioned before, i found someone on eBay with ceramic brake pads by TruStar. does anyone know anything about these, or has anyone heard of this company before?

i would like to also know how much i can expect to spend. because i dont wanna go much over $75 for a set of pads.

My Ride: E36 318 Convertible - Black Ext. Peanutbutter Int.
BennyL is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:47 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.10
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Maxbimmer Copyright 2001 - 2018