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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 07-10-2015, 02:45 AM
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E36 component choices

What break system would you guys recommend to upgrade on an e36 coupe to cope with power of 500HP lets say, the car is intended as a usable every day car but also capable of track days and racing. Could yu guys shed some light on the options for break systems and the costs associated, I live in Lithuania.

Also is it worth having wider rear tyres than the front, ive seen mixed thoughts on this, could people shed some light as to which thre width setup is the best.
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Old 07-10-2015, 04:49 AM
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500hp brake setup from my point of view would be the following:
Some good dot 4 and above brake fluid, and some nice ferodo ds200/2500 pads
Wheels would be anything that you can fit under your car really, but ideal size would be about 265-275 width with 17" for good thickness of tyres.
Tyre choice would be up to you and what you wish to run.
nitto nt01, hankook rs3 etc would be a good street/track tyre if you dont mind road noise.
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Old 07-10-2015, 09:31 AM
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What about rotors and calipers? Keep the stock? Also what prices would you expect for m62b44,m62b46 and s62 respectively? I'm trying to evaluate which engine to go for
In my list of things to upgrade on the e36 ive got a strut bar and TA Technix coilovers. What else should i consider other than seats, a cage etc. I know theres alot of questions, i would really appreciate any and all answers/opinions thanks in advance
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Old 07-10-2015, 10:06 AM
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Aaaah ok so the pads come with the calipers, will ths stock e36 rotors be sufficient for heat dissipation etc? A part of me thinks that if i upgrade the pads i should do the same for the rotors...
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Old 07-10-2015, 10:17 AM
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Doesn't hurt to upgrade the brake system if you plan to run that much power, what kind of E36? Its fairly easy to do a M brake swap if its a non M e36. If money isn't a huge issue wilwood and stop tech make make systems for the e36 for a pretty penny.
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Old 07-10-2015, 10:35 AM
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Non M e36 coupe, what rotors do you recommend? I'm willing to spend the amount that strikes a nice compromise between value and performance if break rotors are something that is worth upgrading when building a sports car.
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Old 07-10-2015, 04:43 PM
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Oh, i thought you had a m-tech car, my apologies.
If you want to track it with that much power and have non m brakes, find a nice set of AP racing calipers up front with 324mm m3 discs.
All that will fit under 17" wheels easily.

Prices for an engine will differ, the m62 series are cheap motors, the S62 and any 'S' engine will cost triple if not more of a normal 'm' series engine
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Old 07-11-2015, 02:02 AM
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Lets say i find some m3 rotors and AP racing calipers with pads, what lines should i use and what break fluid? In total what would be the price of all this? Breaks tend to be an expensive upgrade, the car won't be tracked until i fit a better motor in, but that's not going to happen that soon. Is there a direct correlation between price and performance or is there some sweet spot beyond which there's no point going unless you've got tons of cash
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Old 07-11-2015, 03:36 AM
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How does this set up look for you guys? Would this suffice for racing/trac-day use as well as everyday? Would it be able to handle 400/500bhp? And lastly does the price look about right to you?
Turner Slotted (E36BRAKEPACKSL), Add $336.50 (USD)
Pagid Yellow RS29 race (U1285/RS29)(U1697/RS29), Add $515.90 (USD)
Stainless brake lines. (PLB533106DCOAT), Add $124.95 (USD)
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