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Old 10-10-2008, 08:24 AM   #1
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Need help guys.
I am planning on changing my rotors to vented ones.
i was wondering which ones i should get. Slotted, Cross-drilled, or dimpled there are so many choices but i would like to know what is the best choice. By the way i need to replace my stock brakes cuz they are done cant even resurface them anymore.Also with changing them what other parts would i need to be able to replace them. Also any good sites?
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Old 10-10-2008, 08:56 AM   #2
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Well, if you want vented rotors(I'm assuming 325/328), you're going to need 325/328 calipers and carriers. If you want M3 rotors, you'll need M3 calipers, carriers, hubs and spindles. You could also use e46 330i rotors as well, but you'll need 330i calipers and carriers. All of these upgrades only apply to the front brakes as the rears are Ti specific. You might be able to use M Coupe or Z3 rears, not sure what's needed for that though.

As for choosing rotors, blank rotors are fine. Slotted are good as well. If you go with drilled, make sure that they are drilled by the manufacture vs. drilled "in house" like the ones sold on ebay. Some venders have been known to buy brembo or other manufacturer's blanks and then drill them in house. The problem with that is that the rotors were never designed to have holes drilled into them whether it be cheap casting or lower quality steel, they have the tendency to crack around the holes and could come apart when under stress. I bought Zimmermann cross drilled rotors from a reputable vendor and they are of high quality. Brembo rotors are also really nice, but again make sure they were drilled by Brembo.

Either way, upgrading to vented will be a big improvement. You will also need new pads, and might consider stainless steel lines since your old lines will probably fall apart during removal. Of course follow with a brake system flush and a proper bleeding and you'll be all set.
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Upgrade your brakes according to how the car will be used. If its predominantly street application, 3xx front upgrade is both economical and more than sufficient. If you're going to auto-x or track the car, add power - further size upgrade might make sense but keep in mind really beefy front brakes are going to require some thought to the rear brakes lest you introduce a brake bias issue. IOW, over-doing the fronts in relation to the rears can upset the braking dynamics of your car.

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...hey I have a set of the calipers and carriers you'll need. Send me a pm or look in the for sale section....
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Upgrade your brakes according to how the car will be used. If its predominantly street application, 3xx front upgrade is both economical and more than sufficient. If you're going to auto-x or track the car, add power - further size upgrade might make sense but keep in mind really beefy front brakes are going to require some thought to the rear brakes lest you introduce a brake bias issue. IOW, over-doing the fronts in relation to the rears can upset the braking dynamics of your car.

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Agreed, but to my understanding all of the upgrades I mentioned before are tolerable. As long as the fronts grip more than the rears, you'll be okay. That being said, I would'nt go and install a Gran Turismo 6 or 8 piston BBK on the front and not do any upgrades to the rear.
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Thanks alot guys for the information.
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How about those performance rotors they are selling in bavauto.com
For the ti. What is that? Or is that like the same you guys are saying??
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I'm looking for rotors/brake pads too. What's the word on rotorworks the company?
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How about those performance rotors they are selling in bavauto.com
For the ti. What is that? Or is that like the same you guys are saying??
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I'm looking for rotors/brake pads too. What's the word on rotorworks the company?
Stick with Brembo, Wilwood, Stoptech, Zimmermann or OEM. Don't be cheap when it comes to your brakes.
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These work great on my car.

http://www.bmpdesign.com/product-exe...earch_model/52


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Thanks alot guys for the information.
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Had the bavauto slotted brakes on my last Ti. Other than rust on the hats they worked fine (no warp, etc) for 3 years. At the time it was about the only place you could get matching rear slotted rotors.
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Old 10-24-2008, 05:09 PM   #12
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You know, when I look for Brembo, I never find a site with both front and rear rotors.
WTF?

Anyhow, two more questions. Does anyone know about about ATE brand rotors?
Also, when a store says OEM, that is different from BMWs concept of OEM?

Thanks to all. This will be my first major overhaul, rotors, brakes and Bilstein shocks.
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OE= Original Equipment with the BMW logo stamped or printed on it

OEM= Original Equipment Manufactured, not made by BMW, but really just as good
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zimmerman vented + OEM pads FTW.

stay the F away from Bav Auto slotted/crossdrilled/ whatever BS - I had them - they warped quickly and now they are paperweights in my garage.

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I just put ATE Premium Ones on all four corners of my '97 ti Sport along with some Satisfied GranSport 6 Pads and I like them just fine, especially since ATE makes up (I think) most of if not all of the original brake system...
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