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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Sun, Nov-19-2017, 07:04:21 PM   #11
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Not sure what you’re saying. You’re doubting my own personal experience?

If anything, they don’t fade any less. Well not on the street, but at the Nürburgring F1 track it faded just as much.

Only my old Mov’It BBK 322x32mm setup didn’t fade at all.
No, I was referring to them contributing to braking harder. If the surface area and metals are the same I doubt it would stop any better. I'm thinking that because they float they stay cooler longer and either fade or warp less.
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Old Sun, Nov-19-2017, 09:14:51 PM   #12
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Ok cool.

Well fade not really, but because they can expand, warp is what is prevented.
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Old Sun, Nov-19-2017, 10:45:28 PM   #13
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I don’t think we should knock the OP for trying to come up with a cheap brake update or upgrade. Years ago someone experimenting with parts figured out the E46 330i front brakes bolted on to an E36 325i or 328i and were larger in addition to being newer. No idea about the E90 brakes but if you had them it would be easy enough to find out.
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This car will be driven at most 20% street and the rest at watkins glen and mosport. Won't be running slicks, just some 200 TW streets, I imagine fresh fluid and track pads will be adequate .
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Many have raced on stock brakes with minor upgrades like high carbon steel rotors, race pads, titanium backing plate on piston side, bronze guide pin bushings, braided lines and good fluid.
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Old Sat, Nov-25-2017, 10:18:29 PM   #16
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This car will be driven at most 20% street and the rest at watkins glen and mosport. Won't be running slicks, just some 200 TW streets, I imagine fresh fluid and track pads will be adequate .
Performance Friction makes really nice truly floating direct replacement rotors— much better than the oe euro M3 rotor or e90 rotor. They’re pricey for initial purchase, but after the first time You can reuse the hat and just replace the friction ring, making them about the same cost as new stock rotors.

That’s the functionally best rotor option while retaining the stock caliper.
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Performance Friction makes really nice truly floating direct replacement rotors— much better than the oe euro M3 rotor or e90 rotor. They’re pricey for initial purchase, but after the first time You can reuse the hat and just replace the friction ring, making them about the same cost as new stock rotors.

That’s the functionally best rotor option while retaining the stock caliper.
Thanks for the heads up (to the the posters, I appreciate the experience the community brings).

What about running 16" wheels since the brakes are only 12.5"? I have 17x8 winter setup for my 330i that has the big 335is 13.7" up front and clear. Cheaper rubber, any downside?
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Some 16s will fit. Might need a spacer.
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FWIW I have the aforementioned PFC Direct Drive V3 front rotors and they are exceptional, paired with the PFC 08 compound pad. These rotors are serviceable like was mentioned above, so the cost to benefit is really quite good over the course of a few service cycles. The setup is a bit on the noisy side and a bit on the dirty side, I would probably recommend a street pad for anyone who isn't tracking regularly. In fact I'm probably going to take the 08 out and put in something else between track days from here on.

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Thanks for the heads up (to the the posters, I appreciate the experience the community brings).

What about running 16" wheels since the brakes are only 12.5"? I have 17x8 winter setup for my 330i that has the big 335is 13.7" up front and clear. Cheaper rubber, any downside?
I have a set of 16 x 7.5 mille miglia spiders that fit over the stock brakes. put 16" rims on instead of 17" rims, and get a 16" tire with a smaller diameter. Cut the difference in diameter in half, and that is how much you just lowered your center of gravity at a cost of $0.00.

I was going to use them on my 128i for winter tires, and realized the ET is too low. I think it is 32. They are on Denver Craigslist.
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