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    Hi everyone, after driving through the Snake Pass I decided that I want better brakes in my coupe - more stopping power and more resistance to fading.
    The maximum I would be willing to spend is £300.

    Here is my plan at the minute, what do you think?

    - upgrade the brake lines to Goodridge stainless steel braided
    - drain the old brake fluid (which is of unknown quality) and fill the lines with Motul RBF600
    - replace discs with the same sized Brembo Max for both front and rear.
    - install some good brake pads - there seems to be quite a choice here, Ferodo, Mintex, EBC, Brembo, etc... I'm not really sure how they compare against each other - I was looking at Redstuff for both front and rear.

    It would all amount to some ~270 quid, but I will have to pay for fitting so it's actually slightly over my budget.

    And before you suggest going for bigger brakes, I have 16" alloys and I really like them, so no M3/330Ci brakes for me

    Any hints / advice will be most appreciated.
     
     

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    i use redstuff and am very impressed with it.
    feels the same as stock from cold...and wont fade under road driving conditions.
    have you asked for prices from CRN or Bremsen on here? (there are vendor subforums a bit lower down )
    CRN were doing a drilled grooved disc for not a lot iirc
    what i've felt,what i've known
    never shined through in what i've shown.

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    I'm not too sure about using discs from an unknown manufacturer... I know that the guys at Brembo also only cook with water, but the difference in price isn't that big (compared to no-name grooved discs you can find on eBay), so I'd rather stick with the reputable manufacturer. And there's bragging rights as well

    I don't really want drilled discs, because the risk of warping/cracking under extreme conditions increases - just grooved will do me fine. Good point about asking the forum suppliers though.

    As for redstuff - you say it feels the same as stock... Isn't it supposed to be better?... - sorry if it's a stupid question!
     
     

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    You can buy those discs (which are excellent by the way) much cheaper at GSF Car Parts. I used them for two years on my old 328 track car and they were unbreakable.

    You can also save yourself some money by using ATE Super Blue fluid. You don't really need RBF (for its higher boiling point) unless you are using the car on track and, what's more important, is changing it often as they all degrade over time.

    Personally I'd recommend Performance Friction Z rated pads. They will be a little more expensive than others but they last very well making them cheaper in the long run. I have also used these in the past on my track car.
     
     

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    redstuff are a performance pad with good as stock initial bite...most performance pads wont work that well from cold and need a bit of heat in them, not with these babies
    they do get better with some heat in them and they wont fade til about 600 degrees (iirc)
    ebc list them as a fast road pad and the coefficient of friction is quoted at .5 i think.
    greenstuff pads do slightly better at .55 but redstuff produce hardly any dust, and what is produced wipes away very easily.
    you can probably find pads with better friction indexes but be prepared to pay more (thinking ferodo ds2500) and loose some bite whilst cold...hth
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    Excellent info, thanks guys!

    The prices at GSF are good indeed - £142.50 for both sets. Am I right in thinking that 316i/318i use the same rear discs as 325i?

    As for brake pads, that's the thing - most of the time I drive on normal roads in city traffic, so I really need pads that behave more or less normal from cold. I'm not that bothered about dust, although I do want my brakes to be quiet. Redstuff seems to strike a good balance between price, performance and day-to-day useability.

    One more question - how do I tell which brake line kit I actually need (4 line or 6 line)?
     
     

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    Crn quoted me 90+ish for ebc yellow pads f+r.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by russ964 View Post
    Crn quoted me 90+ish for ebc yellow pads f+r.
    ?? Do they make Yellowstuff for non-M3 E36s?
     
     

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    interestingly no comments on the updated brkae lines. I've always thought them to be a waste of cash (about £55ish) that made no difference on my car.
     
     

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    Maybe your M3 had better lines to start with?...
    Did you do a lot of downhill mountain driving in your car? I was quite happy with my brakes until I drove down the Snake Pass lol!
     
     

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