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      07-13-2018, 07:58 PM   #1
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Best brake upgrade under $1000

I have a 2010 335xi. Due for rotors and pads soon but donít want to go OEM. Hoping to upgrade my brakes for less than $1000.

Iíve seen various brake upgrade kits across FCP Euro, ECS etc.

All the same? Any products that stand out? Looking to upgrade but not go into the thousands with Brembo etc.
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      07-13-2018, 09:05 PM   #4
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Very cool. Thanks. Anyone go with the black or gold rotors? Would love to see pics on car
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Upgrade in performance or looks?
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Upgrade in performance or looks?
Iíll take either one, both is better

Just seems dumb to put OEM back on for what looks to be about the same price as the aftermarket parts.
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Are the 335i R1 calipers a two-piston design upgrade over the single piston OEM calipers?

This is what R1 displays as a 335i caliper, are they just displaying a random stock image?

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Iíll take either one, both is better

Just seems dumb to put OEM back on for what looks to be about the same price as the aftermarket parts.
Yeah, thatís bc the OE stuff is incredibly good at almost everything with the exception of track days. Buying almost anything else will result in a compromise of some sort.

Iíd recommend rotors from Rockauto (centric premium) and OE BMW 2009-2012 pads. These rotors will resist rusting better (looks) and the pads will dust less and have better feel than the earlier BMW units.

You can also do all of this for like $350 in parts.
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Are the 335i R1 calipers a two-piston design upgrade over the single piston OEM calipers?

This is what R1 displays as a 335i caliper, are they just displaying a random stock image?

The calipers we have to offer are OEM spec. The caliper in that picture is just a generic caliper. These are 100% brand new and not re-built or re-manufactured. These are coated in silver to prevent it from rusting.
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The calipers we have to offer are OEM spec. The caliper in that picture is just a generic caliper. These are 100% brand new and not re-built or re-manufactured. These are coated in silver to prevent it from rusting.
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Got the r1 slotted and cross drilled rotors w/ceramic pads on the car today. Awful squealing right before I come to complete stop. Will this go away soon?
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Got the r1 slotted and cross drilled rotors w/ceramic pads on the car today. Awful squealing right before I come to complete stop. Will this go away soon?
Yes and no.. Race pads are known to squeal quite a bit. More metal in the pads = more squeal. I will be honest and say mine did go away after a bit of use though on my BBK. So, maybe you'd experience the same?
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I would get F30 OEM Brembo 4 pots around $300 for the fronts and paint it whatever color you want which is about then get Centric dimpled & slotted disc + whatever pads you want. It would still be under $900

I have EBC yellow pads for my 328i, great pads, even during winter.
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Iíll take either one, both is better

Just seems dumb to put OEM back on for what looks to be about the same price as the aftermarket parts.

Not dumb unless you're unhappy with performance.

~$500 all paws pads, rotors, sensors; brake fluid, delivered to my door. Turner, online.

EZ job and no new calipers needed.

Looks? Dude fix M4 badges on that Jesse. Nooooobody will be looking at your wheels.
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Oem all the way. Slotted and drilled rotors reduce the contact area between pad and rotor. Contact creates friction and friction stops the car. Oem brakes will take a beating that many aftermarket parts just cannot survive. The exception to this is a big brake upgrade such as the f30 4piston setup. If you plan on staying with the stock caliper and rotor size, good luck with finding something as good for the same price or less than oem.
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Maybe check out 88 rotors
I got their black series drilled and slotted rotors from all 4 corners, plus stoptech street pads for under $400, then some motul 600 fluid from amazon for $30 and finally stoptech stainless steel lines for $130 at ecs
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What do you mean better brakes? Better from a cosmetic or a function standpoint?
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I ended up going with the drilled and slotted rotors from R1 concepts with ceramic pads. So far so good. A little squealing in the beginning but that is normal according to the R1 guys. Only 50 miles in but good so far. The drilled and slotted rotors provide a sportier look. IMO of course.

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