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Hi all,

I was looking for a reasonably cheap upgrade to my brakes and I stumbled upon this ebay auction: Brembo Max Brake discs.

They don't look exciting, what with all that rust and dirt, but the guy says he only did 1.5K miles on them... And rust can be cleaned.

Now, my question: does it at all make sense to get second-hand discs? I would change the pads at the same time (obviously), but I have no idea on the impact of part-wear on discs' performance... Any advice on this?

Thanks in advance,

Jerry
 

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If you did get them i'd have them Skimmed to make sure they are True, Then fit NEW PADS. I'd also check thickness & Diameter to compare with old Disks. Brembo Calipers may be different from Oem on your car
 

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Bargepole springs to mind mate...
I was expecting an answer like this... Just wanted to make sure.

It is too bad though, because those disks are very cleverly designed (grooves are forming a kind of push-pull air-pump while the wheel is turning).

Anyway, thanks for your help guys, and quick response. I will probably be back with another question soon - probably something like "what are the best brake pads for E36 coupe?" ;))
 

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Hey, thanks a lot.

Do you mind if I use this thread to ask a related question though? What would you suggest as the most effective brakes upgrade if I set myself a budget of around 200 quid? I might stretch it a bit if it's really worth it - but expensive, full-blown conversions are completely out of question.

I was thinking along the lines of some half-decent grooved discs + EBC Redstuff pads (I'd go for Yellowstuffs, but they don't seem to make them for non-M3 E36s... :frown)
 

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2nd hand discs are not worth the hassle - especially not Brembo Max. Brembo Max is a standard aftermarket product range and are relatively cheap new anyway. You should be able to pick up a set of Brembo Max discs at a very reasonable price.

As far as the best brake upgrade for your money is concerned, I agree partially with our friend above who suggests braided brake lines.

If you're looking to improve your braking performance, installing braided brake lines will not overcome any brake fade that you may be experiencing as a result of fast road driving. In order to do this, you need to upgrade your pads. I suggest upgrading the fronts primarily as these do the majority of the work under braking, although BMWs in general tend to be very balanced when it comes to brake bias.

There are many performance pad upgrades on the market - some very good and reasonably priced and some not worth the backing plates that they are pressed onto! Here are my suggestions based on our experience in the braking industry:

Racing: Pagid Racing Brake pads - mostly ceramic based formulations, which means that they are both very temperature stable and very kind to discs. Reduces brake fade at higher temperatures and means that your discs last longer.

Trackday: Pagid Racing Brake Pads - although expensive and designed primarily for racing, we also recommend the use of these pads for the trackday enthusiast who may also use his/ her vehicle on the road. RS4-2 and RS29 are very popular material choices for the BMW trackday enthusiast: RS29 being the recognised endurance material, which lasts much longer than standard friction materials, offering the user more value for money whilst achieving greater braking performance.

Performance Road: Pagid Sport / Textar - Textar are fitted as OE to a lot of BMW cars and are therefore an ideal replacement for the aftermarket. Frictional properties of Textar materials tend to be slightly better than other manufacturers and the pads tend to withstand higher levels of abuse than others. These are also reasonably priced. For a higher premium, Pagid Sport pads offer excellent stopping power and reduced fade. These are available for many BMW calipers.

For information on where to buy the above products, get in contact with us or visit our website: www.racepads.co.uk

We are exclusive technical and commercial partners in the UK for Brembo, Pagid RS and ZF Sachs Race Engineering. We are also a master distributor for Textar.

James Hall
Bremsen Technik (UK) Ltd

+44 (0)1748 831200
[email protected]

www.racepads.co.uk
 

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hi,i got a pair of ebay a few weeks ago for a tenner bargain rusty as the titanic but cleaned up a treat grooves cleaned out work well so guess its a tricky one wether to get anty or not,but i did see on gsf ebay shop same discs bout £50 which is very cheap me finks
 
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