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The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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I find "big" brake kits a waste of money. We have seasoned track veterans around here who will attest the factory brakes (properly maintained) are more than adequate. And no street car will use brakes like someone at a track. Besides, I have ridden in a ZHP with a Wilwood kit, it didn't impress me.

Take the same $3k and buy the supercharger.
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I find "big" brake kits a waste of money. We have seasoned track veterans around here who will attest the factory brakes (properly maintained) are more than adequate. And no street car will use brakes like someone at a track. Besides, I have ridden in a ZHP with a Wilwood kit, it didn't impress me.

Take the same $3k and buy the supercharger.
I like to hear this!!

Makes the SC closer to reality.
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I find "big" brake kits a waste of money. We have seasoned track veterans around here who will attest the factory brakes (properly maintained) are more than adequate. And no street car will use brakes like someone at a track. Besides, I have ridden in a ZHP with a Wilwood kit, it didn't impress me.

Take the same $3k and buy the supercharger.
Exactly. I use 330 brakes and they do just fine. When people tell me there brakes stopped working in a canyon. My first question is "why the hell were you braking so much?".
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I find "big" brake kits a waste of money. We have seasoned track veterans around here who will attest the factory brakes (properly maintained) are more than adequate. And no street car will use brakes like someone at a track. Besides, I have ridden in a ZHP with a Wilwood kit, it didn't impress me.

Take the same $3k and buy the supercharger.
Absofreakinglutely....stock 330 brakes are capable of locking up the wheels from triple-digit speeds (as long as you don`t do it too frequently), and are adequate for another 100 horsepower. You really don`t *need* anything more. A BBK is a waste of money for street driving,IMHO.
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Absofreakinglutely....stock 330 brakes are capable of locking up the wheels from triple-digit speeds (as long as you don`t do it too frequently), and are adequate for another 100 horsepower. You really don`t *need* anything more. A BBK is a waste of money for street driving,IMHO.
Agreed. But they do look cool lol.
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Agreed. But they do look cool lol.
Am I the only one who could care less about how my brakes LOOK. I just care that they WORK.

And for the price of a big brake kit you could put some ridiculous wheels on your car and nobody will even look at the brakes.
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Am I the only one who could care less about how my brakes LOOK. I just care that they WORK.

And for the price of a big brake kit you could put some ridiculous wheels on your car and nobody will even look at the brakes.
But they look cool.... Speaking of things working.... My rear tires are at the moment racing slicks. Going to put some nice new 245/35/19 Hankook evo v12s on Saturday for $370s for a pair. Front tires got about a month or two left in them.
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But they look cool.... Speaking of things working.... My rear tires are at the moment racing slicks. Going to put some nice new 245/35/19 Hankook evo v12s on Saturday for $370s for a pair. Front tires got about a month or two left in them.
Gotta say, if you can afford them I'd get Michelin PS2's. I got a used set with almost 7/10ths tread for $200 and I can tell you they grip like a mofo in the wet and dry. Amazing tires.
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Gotta say, if you can afford them I'd get Michelin PS2's. I got a used set with almost 7/10ths tread for $200 and I can tell you they grip like a mofo in the wet and dry. Amazing tires.
From what I've heard the hankook evo v12s are better though..... and cheper than the PS2. *shrug*, my tire place already has the two hankooks waiting for me since I already ordered them. I like how the hankook is the quietest tire I've ever had.
You can't tell when there worn at all. It's still very silent.
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Great thread.

We started out with Boosting; went to brakes; and now we're onto tires. So much good info here

Too bad the OP has gone completely AWOL since posting...he/she would have learnt much.
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From what I've heard the hankook evo v12s are better though.....
No, the article you speak of was in Road and Track. The PS2 was the benchmark all others were measured against. The Evo was the next best in the wet, third best I think in the dry. Hankook isn't a bad tire at all, but I'm telling ya, the grip on the PS2 is ridiculous.

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Great thread.

We started out with Boosting; went to brakes; and now we're onto tires. So much good info here

Too bad the OP has gone completely AWOL since posting...he/she would have learnt much.
This is Bimmerfest, we reserve the right to change any thread based on wind direction. And methinks the OP is long gone. Probably on fanatics.
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Great thread.

We started out with Boosting; went to brakes; and now we're onto tires. So much good info here

Too bad the OP has gone completely AWOL since posting...he/she would have learnt much.
I agree.

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No, the article you speak of was in Road and Track. The PS2 was the benchmark all others were measured against. The Evo was the next best in the wet, third best I think in the dry. Hankook isn't a bad tire at all, but I'm telling ya, the grip on the PS2 is ridiculous.



This is Bimmerfest, we reserve the right to change any thread based on wind direction. And methinks the OP is long gone. Probably on fanatics.
I'll have to check out the PS2s next time. I like the grip you speak of considering I tend to have gripping issues in 1st and 2nd lol.
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I'll have to check out the PS2s next time. I like the grip you speak of considering I tend to have gripping issues in 1st and 2nd lol.
Downside is tire wear. For your car you'd be lucky to get 10k miles out of them. That could get expensive fast. However, looking on ebay it would appear quite a few California based shops have great PS2 take offs.
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I'm glad that this thread has shifted to tires as I'm getting ready for a new summer set, I just haven't really looked because I'm trying to find someone to swap rims and go with a square setup.
Gonna be a great summer of driving :
-New cooling system, pulleys and belts(DONE)
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Downside is tire wear. For your car you'd be lucky to get 10k miles out of them. That could get expensive fast. However, looking on ebay it would appear quite a few California based shops have great PS2 take offs.
Where do you see this?. I don't even have an ebay account and have never used it. I kind of refuse to, same with paypal.

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That's bluejeansonfire's website I believe he has a 330i. I dont believe there is anything but sc available for the 2.5L.

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It is actually my site and I am on track to getting this done. there is much infor and work that goes into going turbo on these cars. but my set up should work an a 325 with the M54B25.
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The OP is still AWOL? Maybe he just wanted to jump start his car, I mean we call them booster cables.

He too embarrassed to come back??? Either that or he'll be back in 3-5 years because Fast Bob was right.

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