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Old 08-12-2003, 11:26 AM   #1
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Question NE1 w/ 325 went to 18" wheels, how's brakes? got pix?

I'm planning to go to 18" wheels w/ my 325ci,
and consider if I need bigger brakes like those
on 330s.

If you have a 325 and went to 18" wheels,
did you notice diminished braking power,
assuming the 18" wheels weight more than your
originals and you stuck w/ stock brakes?

how did the stock brakes look w/ the bigger wheels, does it look too small?

please post a pic of your 18" wheels w/ the stock brakes (if you have any)

thanks in advance
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Old 08-12-2003, 02:14 PM   #2
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come on , someone must have a 325 w/ 18 in' wheels.
I remember somebody had replica PG2s , just not sure if
he has a 325.
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Old 08-12-2003, 03:40 PM   #3
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Here's a gallery of some close-ups of my 325 w/ 18"

http://www.eastcoastbmw.net/modules....view_album.php

Didn't notice any decrease in braking distance, and might've even decreased as I've got S03's on there now instead of the stock Conti's, I think the rims probably weigh around the same though.
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Old 08-12-2003, 04:10 PM   #4
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I did not notice a change at all in the braking of the car- I did notice however that the ride is much harder with the bigger rims- I'm going back to 17" soon- But the car looks GREAT with the big 18" rims- For most normal driving you'd never notice a difference with braking. My $0.02 -

Here;s my ride- bigger brakes would be good- but..... Not high on the list of things to do!

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Old 08-12-2003, 06:00 PM   #5
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thanks for the pics, I guess the brakes don't look that small after all.
However, I'm still thinking of getting 330 brakes for safety reasons. Does any body know roughly how much would the 330 brake pieces cost, calipers/rotors/pads ?
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Old 08-12-2003, 06:24 PM   #6
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Here's some pics of my car. i've dropped on a cupkit since these old pics. but hope this helps.
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