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    hi im taking my 330ci round the nurburgring and wanted to know which is better value for money either i get upgraded sports disks and pads or i get a big brake kit

    id just hate to spend a load of money to have someone say to me youd of been better off upgrading to slotted or drilled disks and getting some red stuff pads

    all opinions and suggestions are welcome

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    all depends on your budget mate and how serious you are about your track days!
    as obviously a decent big brake kit is gonna be better and a plus point is you'll be able to make some money back from your original brakes as 330 brakes are a bolt on upgrade for e36's as im doing this myself at the mo!

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    budget is flexible just love a bargain

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    As above, if you do loads of track days and when driving hard you really give it some beans on the brakes then go for the big brake kit.

    If you are just going to the ring this once and you don't feel that you will be driving the car hard then some performance parts will do the trick with a good super DOT 4 brake fluid too.

    Also, performance discs I have never really seen a benefit from unless they are 2-piece so you could even get away with performance pads on OEM qual discs and performance fluid.

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    The Nurburgring can be hard on cars, particularly the brakes, but even more so if you're a novice driver slamming hard on the anchors when you don't really need to. Not a criticism, but I've done over 50 laps of the Ring & the first 20 were hard going - usually resulting in complete brake fade about 1/3 of the way round. So from experience, this is what I would do (and have done):
    - Braided brake hoses
    - ATE SuperBlue brake fluid (high boiling point)
    - Pads (Ferodo DS2500 ideally suited to the Ring)
    - Non-warped discs to begin with

    Then it's down to methodology - don't drag the brakes around there, brake when you need to, use engine braking too, don't spend ages on the anchors going into (& through) corners. When you eventually come off at the end of your lap, use the handbrake to come to your final stop, don't let red-hot pads stay directly aganst the discs when you park up (handbrake off & car in gear for the final stop).

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