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Old 10-26-2012, 12:00 PM   #13321
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Inspection 2 referring to, fuel filter, plugs and all that good stuff, jea I think I'll go with brakes low pad light just came on this morning...what do you think of this setup - stop tech street performance pads both front and rear and centric high carbon/power alloy discs both front and rear
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:05 PM   #13322
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Thinking of ordering brake components, or inspection 2 components, don't know which one should get first would love to get both but...1 thing at a time
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Inspection 2 referring to, fuel filter, plugs and all that good stuff, jea I think I'll go with brakes low pad light just came on this morning...what do you think of this setup - stop tech street performance pads both front and rear and centric high carbon/power alloy discs both front and rear
Yes, go with the brakes first.

You don't need rotors like that. Go for a more affordable set up.
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:10 PM   #13323
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I'm looking at 220 shipped they have cheaper rotors available i.e centric premium rotors both front and rear for 229 shipped the rotors are a little cheaper but because they are in a different warehouse it takes longer to get to you therefore the 9$ more on shipping

220$ everything shipped everything rotors and pads

229$ everything shipped as well
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:12 PM   #13324
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I haven't put them on yet, so I can't speak for the stop ability, but I inspected the rotors. They are high quality and very solid. Very well machined and finished. The pads also seem high quality.
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:13 PM   #13325
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Here's what I ordered from BMAParts.com

Zimmerman Rotors
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F/R pad sensors
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I haven't put them on yet, so I can't speak for the stop ability, but I inspected the rotors. They are high quality and very solid. Very well machined and finished. The pads also seem high quality.
I have the exact same set up as you. It works excellent. Regular amount of dust.
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:17 PM   #13326
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I have the exact same set up as you. It works excellent. Regular amount of dust.
I think I got these on your recommendation

OP remember to buy pad sensors. I would also get the hex nuts. Mine looked super rusted/seized last time I took my wheels off. You don't want to strip one and be left without a part.
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:20 PM   #13327
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Nuts I didn't think of but yes on the sensors, going to add them to cart and order now
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:19 PM   #13328
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I should note that the rotors are hilariously heavy. Mine came in 2 per box. The apartment manager's assistant comes and collects larger packages so they don't get stolen. She's this tiny girl. Said she could barely move the things into her car to take them to the office haha.
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:21 PM   #13329
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Did my vcg and spark plugs today. They both were original at 170000. Car feels healthy.
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:43 PM   #13330
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I should note that the rotors are hilariously heavy. Mine came in 2 per box. The apartment manager's assistant comes and collects larger packages so they don't get stolen. She's this tiny girl. Said she could barely move the things into her car to take them to the office haha.
yep our brake rotors are LARGE. And to think this was 11 years ago! virtually NO car at the time had brakes as big as on the 330. Now every manufacturer has copied and now EVERYONE uses large brakes. Though our E46 330 brakes are still bigger than today's 328 brakes.

Our brakes are only a few or so mm shy of Porsche 996 Turbo front rotors!

I always admired BMW for using massive brakes. Took infiniti, mercedes, audi 6-12 years to catch on. the 2004 545i (of which I have plenty of experience and seat time in when it was brand neww off the showroom floor) I think had 15" brakes. that was absolutely unheard of for a car of its class at the time!
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Old 10-26-2012, 03:02 PM   #13331
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yep our brake rotors are LARGE. And to think this was 11 years ago! virtually NO car at the time had brakes as big as on the 330. Now every manufacturer has copied and now EVERYONE uses large brakes. Though our E46 330 brakes are still bigger than today's 328 brakes.

Our brakes are only a few or so mm shy of Porsche 996 Turbo front rotors!

I always admired BMW for using massive brakes. Took infiniti, mercedes, audi 6-12 years to catch on. the 2004 545i (of which I have plenty of experience and seat time in when it was brand neww off the showroom floor) I think had 15" brakes. that was absolutely unheard of for a car of its class at the time!
I cant wait for my idea of electromagnetic braking. Smooth an exact everytime. Could use way smaller setup and have room for smaller rims and drag slicks if you wanted. But i guess if they made them everyone would find out that it is possible to build electrical systems that dont have faults all the time.( gotta keep those safety ratings up) Oh wait a minute abs is the most unsafe thing ive ever seen added to a vehicle for winter driving.( just makes noises while you can steer right off the end of the road) ya ya wayyyy off topic

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Old 10-26-2012, 03:17 PM   #13332
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Did my vcg and spark plugs today. They both were original at 170000. Car feels healthy.
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Wow. Way to keep up on the maintenance. I didnt know they would last that long. Learn somethin new everyday. I think i'll check my plugs in another 180,000 miles, maybe lube up my muffler bearings too.I think we have very different views of healthy.... Your car would be like a 70 year old smoker who just started taking vitamin c. sorry i had to

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Old 10-26-2012, 03:33 PM   #13333
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I cant wait for my idea of electromagnetic braking. Smooth an exact everytime. Could use way smaller setup and have room for smaller rims and drag slicks if you wanted. But i guess if they made them everyone would find out that it is possible to build electrical systems that dont have faults all the time.( gotta keep those safety ratings up) Oh wait a minute abs is the most unsafe thing ive ever seen added to a vehicle for winter driving.( just makes noises while you can steer right off the end of the road) ya ya wayyyy off topic
Hybrids already do electromagnetic braking using the motor as a generator to recharge the batteries. Also, ABS is great. If you are steering off the road with ABS then you would definitely steer off the road without it. If you have no grip, it doesn't really matter what features you have. ABS is safer as it reduces panic stop distance and gives control in slippery situations upon accidental locking.

I love the size of my brakes. I tested mine yesterday on an off ramp (made sure no one was behind me or in sight). I went from 80-0 faster than I've ever experienced. This thing can stop on a freakin' dime. I feel really safe driving this car because I can stop for just about anything!

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Old 10-26-2012, 03:40 PM   #13335
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Hybrids already do electromagnetic braking using the motor as a generator to recharge the batteries. Also, ABS is great. If you are steering off the road with ABS then you would definitely steer off the road without it. If you have no grip, it doesn't really matter what features you have. ABS is safer as it reduces panic stop distance and gives control in slippery situations upon accidental locking.

I love the size of my brakes. I tested mine yesterday on an off ramp (made sure no one was behind me or in sight). I went from 80-0 faster than I've ever experienced. This thing can stop on a freakin' dime. I feel really safe driving this car because I can stop for just about anything!
No noise from your setup?
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What do you mean noise? If you are talking about ABS noise, that exists on all cars. That's what happens when you pulse hundreds of pounds of pressure through hydraulic lines. It sounds shitty, but it's keeping your car as close to 10% (or around that) tire slip as it can.
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What do you mean noise? If you are talking about ABS noise, that exists on all cars. That's what happens when you pulse hundreds of pounds of pressure through hydraulic lines. It sounds shitty, but it's keeping your car as close to 10% (or around that) tire slip as it can.
Do the hybrids use friction surfaces or just electrical field to stop? I wont even start in that,im for sure wrong one way or another. Electrobraking has been used since 20th century, i just thought bit diff about it.Anywayz the abs was designed for people who cant drive and hold brakes to floor and turn steering wheel. Cant even be a debate about it, they dont stop you as fast as unassisted braking. The theory is there but ive never driven 1 vehicle that has a functioning system on ice. They all suck. Ive had to feather on the handbrake to stop couple of times. It was supposed to give you steering if you lock em all up. Many times the abs will delay way to long between braking again or it applies to much force immediately and results in kicking out to quick its ok im done. Good posts from you though

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Old 10-26-2012, 04:18 PM   #13338
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Oh no, I was referring to squealing when breaking
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I think I got these on your recommendation

OP remember to buy pad sensors. I would also get the hex nuts. Mine looked super rusted/seized last time I took my wheels off. You don't want to strip one and be left without a part.
Use an impact driver to keep good pressure on bit.If looks really bad heat rotor around bolt if changing rotor anyway. Pain in the ass if stripped. I dont know why we have them anyways, not that hard to lineup and im sure torqued on wheel should hold rotor on. But good idea wde46 to get spares. What is the pad% left when light comes on?

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Old 10-26-2012, 04:55 PM   #13340
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Wow. Way to keep up on the maintenance. I didnt know they would last that long. Learn somethin new everyday. I think i'll check my plugs in another 180,000 miles, maybe lube up my muffler bearings too.I think we have very different views of healthy.... Your car would be like a 70 year old smoker who just started taking vitamin c. sorry i had to
I got the car with 160000 on it and have been doing maintenance since but thanks for the positive comments.

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