Originally Posted by Justin(OKC)
Since TCK's were mentioned above, my experience with the E36 plates is that they get noisy quickly and need new bearings often.
On my Vorshlag plates, I've had them for 2.5 years with ~25k miles (15k on 135i and 10k on M3) and they are just as quiet as when I installed them the first time. The bearing is very robust and reviews have always been stellar on these plates. My only wish is that I had waited a bit longer and gotten the aluminum version which is anodized red. I just like the red look.
After 10K miles on the 135i, Vorshlag plates went on the 1M with AST's and they are quiet as well. The bearing is very robust, replacement bearings or bearing holders are rarely sold to replace defective ones.
When you are ready to upgrade to the red plates, let us know.