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Old 08-07-2008, 06:33 PM   #1
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Exclamation Brakes Quick Reference Thread

Basic OEM brake info - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=456412

Long thread on brake choices (plain/slotted/drilled/etc) - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=449052

There's no such thing as warped rotors - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=402902

The Effect of Rotor Crossdrilling on Brake Performance - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=500950

How to bleed your brakes using a Power Bleeder - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=489727

Brake Pad Replacement DIY - http://www.e46fanatics.com/howto/how...hp?howto_id=29

Many more E46 DIY'd on brakes (and more) - http://www.bimmerdiy.com/dir/e46

StopTech White Papers - http://www.stoptech.com/tech_info/te...e_papers.shtml

Tech Info from Zeckhausen - http://www.zeckhausen.com/technical.htm

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Old 08-07-2008, 10:09 PM   #2
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More brake thread goodness -

BMW Motorsport brake rotor install on 330Ci - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=504694
Update on BMW Performance Brake Rotors - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=516652

Brake rotor and brake pad compatibility - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=505464
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Old 08-11-2008, 02:07 PM   #3
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Old 08-11-2008, 03:20 PM   #4
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Old 09-03-2008, 07:34 PM   #5
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325xi 27k miles brake pad warning light came on

My girlfriend has a 2005 325XI and last weekend her brake pad warning light came on. She, although not a great driver, does not drive hard and has never put the car on a track. This seemed early to need pad replacement. Does anyone have insight if this is normal at this mileage level or year?
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Old 09-17-2009, 10:55 AM   #6
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Article on choosing the right brake pads for your application

How to Choose the Best Street and Track Brake Pads
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Old 02-16-2011, 08:28 AM   #7
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Nice to get everything in one place thankyou
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Old 02-26-2011, 12:40 AM   #8
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Thanks for doing this I need new front brakes for the summer and needed help figuring out what to get.
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Old 04-25-2011, 12:52 AM   #9
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im looking to upgrade my calipers, and rotors for my 2003 325i any ideas?
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Old 10-29-2012, 12:15 AM   #10
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Brake upgrade on 325i

I asked this question a few years ago, found one person a racer who sent photos that showed shaving M3 brake brackets to fit the spindles on a std 325I . So I purchased a complete set of M3 brakes, I am sure it is very possible. Something about milling off 4 to 7 mm and just bolting them on. Big drilled rotors the size of dinner plates make a statement.
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Old 10-29-2012, 12:17 AM   #11
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Brake upgrade

Oh yes, I have purchased new 18" wheels and tires so I was sure the big brakes would fit inside.
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Old 09-16-2014, 11:59 AM   #12
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Hello! I own a 330xi, long story short, I got dumped by my bf about two weeks ago and usually didn't hVe to worry about buying car parts and such... I need to learn more about this car so I can figure out what parts to buy for it, and figure out when things are going wrong.. I need to replace my back brake pads, but I read that I should do the pads and rotors at the same time, I should probably just replace the front ones as well, being dumped was not expected and I'm on a budget till I get back on my feet, (sorry I'll try to spare details) what kinda brakes should I get that isn't going to break my bank and that are not too cheap?! I do have friends that work on cars so I don't need to worry about the labor part.. Any recommendations are extremely appreciated !! Thanks a lot Click image for larger version

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