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Old 08-17-2012, 08:35 PM   #1
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Need front rotors

I need some help on front brake rotors. I'd like to keep the cost under 150

I saw these on amazon

http://www.amazon.com/2001-2006-325i...6+front+rotors

Where can I get good rotors for 2005 330i . I prefer slotted vented. also while I'm at it I'd like some advice on brake pads. I want a good match for the rotor and low on brakes dust and last a long time. I currently have some wagner therma quiet I bought but thinking taking them back if I can find better ones.back rotors are good so I just need front but back brakes need changing soon. I'm not looking to race or anything. Just want good quality stuff. any suggestions?

or these

http://www.88rotors.com/2000-2005-bm...ke-rotors.html

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Old 08-17-2012, 08:54 PM   #2
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Oh, boy. Here we go.

bmaparts.com

zimmerman rotors (i think they offer drilled)
any of the $50 and up quality pads.
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Old 08-17-2012, 08:55 PM   #3
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Awh, you're opening up another thread just like a recent one where everyone disagreed horribly.
You've sourced two kinds of cheap chinese crap rotors which I think are trash. Especailly since you've handicapped each with the requirement that they are drilled. This causes even quality rotors to fail much more easily and quickly. I say stop trying to get the glamor look and get plain quality rotors. Especially if you're on a budget.
Now that said, others think that the lousiest steel makes no difference in rotors and will quote their personal experience with the cheap variety. Ultimately you've got to make your own decision.

Go to Turner Motorsports site and see that they all use Axxis Metal Masters on their personal BMW's. Low dust compared to oe and great initial bite. No one knows BMW's better than these guys.
I've had'em for years and love them.
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Old 08-17-2012, 08:59 PM   #4
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+1 on BMAParts.

I just did this yesterday. I went with Zimmerman rotors and Akebono pads. Long life, low dust.

Make sure to buy the lubricants needed for proper install and don't cheap out on parts.

Drilled degrades performance and compromises rotor integrity. Stay away.


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Old 08-17-2012, 09:02 PM   #6
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I might try the axxis pads next go around
I could be wrong, but didn't people dump on Axxis pretty hard? You should try a set of Akebonos :p
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Old 08-17-2012, 09:22 PM   #7
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+1 on the zimmerman rotors. Love them, and the Z-coat does a good job at avoiding rust so far for me.
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Old 08-17-2012, 09:27 PM   #8
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If you must go with brake eye candy, I highly recommend the EBC slotted and dimpled rotors. They do quite well with their "red stuff" pads.

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So stay away from anything cross drilled? Why do they cost so much if they degrade rotor performance?
how about slotted?. Where do I get original bmw one online for cheap?

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So stay away from anything cross drilled? Why do they cost so much if they degrade rotor performance?
Because people are willing to pay for it.
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So stay away from anything cross drilled? Why do they cost so much if they degrade rotor performance?
how about slotted?. Where do I get original bmw one online for cheap?
www.BMAParts.com or www.furiousmethod.com
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I could be wrong, but didn't people dump on Axxis pretty hard?
I've seen that, but recommend as I might, people gravitate toward the Ultimates instead. I think that's what they are commenting on. Wrong choice for the street.

I'll make it easy on you by putting the Turner recommendation here:

Axxis / PBR Metal Master Street Pads
Looking for a great performing, dust-free street pad? These are the pads for you. The Axxis / PBR Metal Masters are an ideal brake pad to use for both normal and high performance street driving. The unique semi metallic pad material eliminates much of the brake dust residue, noise, and fading that can be found when using OEM pads. These pads are EXTREMELY easy on rotors. Don't let the price fool you, although these pads are 1/3 the price of factory replacements they are a superior pad. Price is per "axle" set. For some models we also offer OEM replacement pads. These pads have the same driving and wear characteristics as stock but are about 1/3 the cost of Original BMW pads. Not recommended for track use. This is what we all use here at TMS on our own street cars, we love these.
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Old 08-18-2012, 06:43 AM   #13
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so get these rotors which the part number matches realoem so they are original

http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-38...30si-pair.aspx

and these pads?

http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-39...-30si-set.aspx

Stay away from slotted as well?

that bmaparts.com has some pretty cheap ones.. I see some brembo's for 53

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Zimmerman rotors all the way.
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so these are originials?

http://www.bmaparts.com/item.wws?sku...E&weight=20.79
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Zimmerman rotors all the way.
which ones from bmaparts?
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So is the brand genuine at BMA parts the original. The part number I'm guessing is their part number? So what do you like about zimmerman vs Original?
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Ok, original or genuine is pretty much a Zimmerman or Brembo blank rotor labeled with a BMW logo. That's it.

Same goes with sooo many parts for our cars, such as the oil level sensor. Hella is the only manufacturer for that sensor. A genuine one has a bmw logo and costs $40 more just for that reason.
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Ok, original or genuine is pretty much a Zimmerman or Brembo blank rotor labeled with a BMW logo. That's it.

Same goes with sooo many parts for our cars, such as the oil level sensor. Hella is the only manufacturer for that sensor. A genuine one has a bmw logo and costs $40 more just for that reason.
Thanks..which pads do you like? They offer free shipping too!! Should I stay away from ceramic and go with Semi?
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