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Old 10-17-2005, 06:55 AM   #1
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Default E46 330 brake swap done

Thought I'd share my new brake setup for everyone.

Front:
2001 E46 330i 15K calipers & carriers
New E46 330 Rotors
New pagid brake pads
New Brake sensor
New guide bolt

Rear:
318ti oem rotors
New pagid brake pads
New brake sensors
New guide bolt

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Anti squeaks paste
Racing Blue brake fluid

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Old 10-17-2005, 07:41 AM   #2
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sick how do u like them
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stops me like im hitting the wall.
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Are the pads larger than E36 pads?
Will 15" wheels still fit?

I think the improved stopping is attributed to new rotors and pads, not necessarily the upgrade. Brands of tires and type pf pads make the difference.
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picking up my newly silver powdercoated 325 calipers in the morning, then comes the fun part... rebuilding
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Are the pads larger than E36 pads?
Will 15" wheels still fit?

I think the improved stopping is attributed to new rotors and pads, not necessarily the upgrade. Brands of tires and type pf pads make the difference.
On my car the 15'' alloys weren't even close to fitting.
It does stop like hitting a brick wall it seems.
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Old 10-17-2005, 01:50 PM   #7
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On my car the 15'' alloys weren't even close to fitting.
It does stop like hitting a brick wall it seems.
Then I guess I'll wait a little longer. I liked the idea of more mass to dissipate heat but still need snow tires. I don't want to buy new wheels just yet.

You guys with stock 4-bangers, do you really think it's wise to have that additional unsprung weight?
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Old 10-17-2005, 03:58 PM   #8
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Looks awesome!!! I got my fronts replaced with 330 also. Where do get yours so cheap? The 330 fronts will need at least 17" rims to clear them. I also got a pair of E46 32X calipers (the buyer told me it was 330, but it wasnt, so I am assuming is for E46 32X) and a pair of 330 carriers spray painted red if anyone needs them.

The 330 fronts upgrade is awesome!!! Definitely a recommended upgrade.
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Old 10-17-2005, 04:05 PM   #9
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Then I guess I'll wait a little longer. I liked the idea of more mass to dissipate heat but still need snow tires. I don't want to buy new wheels just yet.

You guys with stock 4-bangers, do you really think it's wise to have that additional unsprung weight?
Do you mean stock engine? If so, I am not too worried about losing a little acceleration and gaining some extra rotating mass for the much better brakes. I can lose weight and gain power in other areas. My engine isn't stock, and my suspension is very far from stock.

I would still say it is worth it. Especially if you have the solid front rotors, like I did.
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Dredder, for the front brake pads sensor did you use a 318ti one? Or did you have to use a 330i sensor? I assume a 318ti one so the electrical plug is correct.
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Old 10-17-2005, 05:31 PM   #11
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My new ATE slotted/vented rotors and Axxis Ultimate pads stop on a dime. I hope they will hold up with the supercharger. The most I wanna do is add stainless steel lines and better brake fluid.

Like you, I need to keep my 15" wheels for winter, so bigger brakes are not an option.



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Then I guess I'll wait a little longer. I liked the idea of more mass to dissipate heat but still need snow tires. I don't want to buy new wheels just yet.

You guys with stock 4-bangers, do you really think it's wise to have that additional unsprung weight?
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Dredder, for the front brake pads sensor did you use a 318ti one? Or did you have to use a 330i sensor? I assume a 318ti one so the electrical plug is correct.
The sensors were from the 318ti.
My prior setup was with E36 32X front slotted rotors and pads. The difference is like night and day. The rotors were painted with 1500 degrees ceramic paint. After hours of driving and braking the only part hot to touch is my rotors. I can hold my hands over the caliper without getting burned.

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will 16s fit
Requires you have 17"

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The most I wanna do is add stainless steel lines and better brake fluid.
Most likely when I replace my stock flywheel clutch to Light flywheel and clutch combo, I will replace the clutch line and brake line to stainless steel. I saw I few places that sells them or I can just have them fabricated for probably around $100 for the entire setup, brakes and clutch line.
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Smile Nice job!

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Nice upgrade. I did mine as follows:

Front: M3 E46 Front Calipers (5K miles) and carriers.
New Brembo M3 E46 crossed drilled rotors.
New Mintex CTech brake pads.
New brake sensors.

Rear: New E36 (318ti) Brembo crossed drilled rotors
New Mintex CTech brake pads.
New brake sensors.

Ate brake fluid (Super Blue Racing)

Check it out!
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I wanted to have the slotted with cross drilled but i didnt think spending on the rotors were worth it. So i ended up getting just the OEM E46 rotors

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I like the way yours turn out. What type of paint did you use. Is that just caliper paint?


I love the performance how these E46 setup peforms. Beats buying a brembo big brake setup worth $1k+


next upgrade worth mentioning:
Ceramic coating Valve cover (currently being performed)

Ligth flywheel/clutch combo (funds limited $450 so far for supply)
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