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Old 03-15-2010, 02:10 AM   #1
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Calipers

So I am planning on doing a whole brake overhaul on my car. New rotors, new pads etc. I was wondering if it would be a good idea to replace my calipers as well since they are the ones that were most likely on the car when it was manufactured and they look pretty grimey.

Is it really necessary to replace them? If so, where can I go about getting some nice snazzy yellow or even black ones?

For a 1997 328i. I'd rather not have to do any kind of modifications to get the calipers on, just stock fitment.

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Old 03-15-2010, 09:29 AM   #2
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You can buy a rebuild kit for about $30 each caliper. If they are not leaking or sticking, there really is no reason to fix what aint broke. Check teh dust boots ... if they are cracked or brittle, I'd rebuild.
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Old 03-15-2010, 09:46 AM   #3
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just clean them with some brake cleaner to remove the grime
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Old 03-15-2010, 02:21 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info guys. I'll just give them a good cleaning and make sure the dust boots are intact. Just means I can spend more on the rotors and pads now. lol
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Old 03-15-2010, 02:36 PM   #5
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Old 03-15-2010, 07:29 PM   #6
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Just clean and paint them, they'll look new if you do it properly.
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Is there any kind of special paint anyone knows of that would not fade or peel? I'm sure I'd need to use a certain paint on them.
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Old 03-15-2010, 10:09 PM   #8
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Canadian Tire sells a kit by dupli-color, but you really need to do your prep work. I helped my friend do it a while back and it lasted a few months before it began to chip a bit, but I'm sure it would've lasted longer if we did everything properly.

You could also get them powdercoated if you have the cash, that will last forever.
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BBQ paint - needs to be touched up every pad change for fresh look :-)
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Old 03-15-2010, 11:24 PM   #10
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Key is prep work! I spent a few hours (over several days) on mine, after they were fully rebuilt, used both primer and high temp paint...they are like new 2 years later including winter driving!
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Key is prep work! I spent a few hours (over several days) on mine, after they were fully rebuilt, used both primer and high temp paint...they are like new 2 years later including winter driving!
+1 for that, i also did this and it lasted forever.
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Old 03-16-2010, 02:19 AM   #12
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what rotors n pads r you planning on using??
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I'm not sure on either the rotors or the pads right now, I'm still looking around. I really just wanted something that will last, looks good and isn't ridiculously expensive.
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I did my pads and rotors a week ago. I went with drilled zimmer man rotors and wagner pads. Looks good and breaks good. I cant comment on prices cus i get shop price and i do the labour my self but this set up should not cost u much.
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Key is prep work! I spent a few hours (over several days) on mine, after they were fully rebuilt, used both primer and high temp paint...they are like new 2 years later including winter driving!
What kinda paint and primer did you use Fil? I don't really have several days to do this, just hopefully one day to take all the wheels off and then the calipers and paint them. So it may not be that long of a timeframe, but maybe I can squeeze what you did into a day or maybe two. lol
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