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Old 09-09-2003, 03:07 AM   #16
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Nelson,

As you can see from the picture below the callipers that I have seem to be similar to what you have


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The guys from the yard I picked them up swear to me that they came out from a 2001 e46 330Ci. Here is the WEIRD part:

The bracket


seems to be very similar to the M3 one you have. The problem is in the thickness. The bracket just won't fit between the 330 rotor and the stock ti hub (same as the M3 bracket). The M3 hubs move the attachment arms about 3cm away from the rotor, while the stock 318/325/328 position is about 2cm. Also they are nothing like any of the callipers I've seen on the pictures in the last couple of days, they are similar but not the same.

In short, I have no idea what calipers I have.

So what I would like to do is to see whether I can use M3 hubs with with these damn paper weights. It will take about 5 minutes to measure evething, and I don't mind driving 40 min north, plus I would be driving from Maple anyway.

Where north are you? Newmarket?

If you have some free time this week during any of the evenings I would really appreciate it.

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[b]Ok, here are your answers.
Serge: I do have the M3 spindles/kingpins, you can take a look at the parts, but I live like 40 minutes north of the GTA, and I have to have everything reinstalled by Saturday to do an alignment (for the auto-x on Sunday).
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Old 09-09-2003, 03:52 AM   #17
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SORRY MAN, still confused on this whole "FLOATING" business!
why is it called FLOATING, and so what the EURO M rotors have a bigger gap (so you can't fit your pinky in a US m rotor?!)
The floating rotor just means that the braking surface isn't solidly attached to the bell (not one piece, or attached with bolts). Also because the bell is aluminium, the euro rotors are a lot lighter then the US ones, they feel almost the same weight as the smaller 328 rotors. When the rotor heats up it expands, and because it's seperate from the bell it's a lot harder to cause warping. The euro rotors and the US rotors have the same dimensions though, both are 12.6" diameter and both are like an 1" wide with the same size internal vents. The people with US spec M3's can just buy euro rotors and they'll fit.
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Old 09-09-2003, 03:55 AM   #18
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So what I would like to do is to see whether I can use M3 hubs with with these damn paper weights. It will take about 5 minutes to measure evething, and I don't mind driving 40 min north, plus I would be driving from Maple anyway.

Where north are you? Newmarket?

If you have some free time this week during any of the evenings I would really appreciate it.

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I'm in Bradford, just north of Newmarket. Õ'm about to PM you.
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Old 09-09-2003, 04:50 AM   #19
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i see, so with the 12" brake rotor, can you fit the stock 15" winter rims or will they not fit due to the rotor size!?
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i see, so with the 12" brake rotor, can you fit the stock 15" winter rims or will they not fit due to the rotor size!?
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Old 09-09-2003, 11:04 AM   #21
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M3 rotor is 315x28mm
e46 330 rotor is 325x25mm

both require 17" wheels.

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i see, so with the 12" brake rotor, can you fit the stock 15" winter rims or will they not fit due to the rotor size!?
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Old 09-09-2003, 11:16 PM   #22
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M3 rotor is 315x28mm
e46 330 rotor is 325x25mm

both require 17" wheels.

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certain (very few) aftermarket 16" wheels will also.
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Old 09-12-2003, 03:10 AM   #23
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True with M3. I am not sure about 330. Once I get the suckers on we should compare the width from the end of the caliper to the other side of the rotor.

I also found another pair of calipers in the States today. They should arrive sometime next week. Unfortunately, I won't have them installed for the auto-x.

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certain (very few) aftermarket 16" wheels will also.
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Old 09-13-2003, 06:54 AM   #24
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Well, I didn't get to install the M brakes yet, I put my car back together with the stock brakes (but with new ball joints and control arm bushings) until I can get a right M spindle (next week hopefully), then I gotta rip everything apart again!

If it wasn't for the auto-x on sunday I would've just left my car in pieces all weekend.

It's actually the third time I've tried to install them, the first time I started to take stuff apart and realized I didn't have a 46mm for the hub nut, the second time one of the bearing races didn't come off the spindle properly, and my puller wouldn't fit around it (and I don't want to buy a new wheel bearing yet), and this time it's because I found out I had a bent spindle, I only noticed it when I went to bolt it on to the strut housing and the bolts wouldn't line up.
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