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Old 05-10-2012, 12:35 PM   #1
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Brake rebuild - Quest for parts.

Okay so I'm researching some upgrade parts for when I change my calipers. I'm going to throw my findings in here. So Far I have a few, if anyone wants to share or discuss - feel free!

Here are the bleed screws, I think these are the size? If so these are going to be awesome. We all hate stock crap metal bleed screws!

http://www.probolt-usa.com/index.php...l#.T6vr3FJ8t8E

Failing that they have 6mm bleed screws here:

http://www.shawstainless.co.uk/www.s...k/info.php?p=6

Here we have the caliper pistons. These should last a little while.

http://store.bimmerworld.com/stainle...tons-p755.aspx

I've already made up my own aluminum backing plates, they can be removed with the hub on. No more crappy rusty plates. I'll take a pic soon.

I plan on getting those stainless hoses from FCP Groton, good price and awesome shipping.

That's all for now.
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Old 05-10-2012, 01:45 PM   #2
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Those bleeder screws are pretty bad ass. A bit pricey though, but at $4.50 a pop for the stock ones that will just round out again I guess it's worth it. I just rebuilt all four calipers when I was putting my car together and went with the factory bleeders. The replacements I got seemed to be a bit beefier than the ones that were in the car but that could have just been because they were rounded off.

Also, i mangled the male fittings on the steel lines on the trailing arms pulling it all apart but the NAPA preflared stretches of pipe have HUGE fittings in comparison. That's something I'd recommend changing since you'll be in there changing out the flex lines to SS anyway.

Lastly, If I had all ATE calipers on all four corners on my car... I'd be buying a few sets of these: http://www.iemotorsport.com/bmw/E30-...prBrassGP.html
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Old 05-10-2012, 01:49 PM   #3
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Yeah well the titanium ones are ultimate, but they do also sell stainless ones.

Over 10 years I've lost 2 calipers to broken screws. Now I butter them religiously with copper anti-seize, but they rust fairly quickly.

BTW those sliders look awesome. I like the ATE calipers better, and this would make them way better! Splash some dry graphite in there....
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Old 05-10-2012, 08:59 PM   #4
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I think you can buy rebuilt calipers for less than your going to spend buying the rebuild kit, guide pins and boots + new pistons.
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Old 05-10-2012, 10:29 PM   #5
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Yes you're absolutely right about that.
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Old 05-10-2012, 10:44 PM   #6
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....And miss out on the satisfaction of doing it yourself? Pfffffft.

Clearly you're insane.

Seriously though, hella therapeutic. The ATE ones anyway. Hate pulling the boot over the piston on the Girling calipers.
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Old 05-10-2012, 11:07 PM   #7
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I didn't want to mention how titanium bleeder valves, stainless pistons, brass guides etc... might be slightly better and longer lasting than a plain jane re-built. Probably the very last set I'll ever build.

Probably in the realm of $470 for all 4 calipers. If your calipers are worth rebuilding (good bore surface).
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Old 05-11-2012, 08:22 AM   #8
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I don't know first hand, but I read those metal bushings are not meant for a street car.
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Old 05-11-2012, 09:12 AM   #9
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They say the same thing for a bunch of performance parts... it comes down to liability. You need to pass certain standards to get dot or tuv certified, this costs money. So it's easier (cheaper) for them to say 'not for street use'.

In this case I'm sure they would be fine.

When it comes to Discs and Pads I'm still open for suggestions, I'm thinking the greenstuff pads, and coated discs so they won't rust easily.
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Old 05-11-2012, 09:28 AM   #10
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I'm using Hawk HPS pads right now on Brembo blanks upfront and ATE rotors in the back. I'm not satisfied at all with any of it. It just doesn't bite like you'd expect it to.

I also have a set of the Bav auto slotted/drilled rotors, but they need to be turned. Almost worth buying a new set.
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Old 05-11-2012, 04:39 PM   #11
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I've always only used jurid or pagid pads.

Doesn't anyone out there have any opinion on the best performance street pad?
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Old 05-11-2012, 09:35 PM   #12
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i used brembo slotted in the front and ate slotted in the rear from tire rack with hawk hps pads all around. Im happy with them for daily driving on them.
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Hopefully by the end of the day on saturday I'll be able to tell you how the Greenstuff pads are. I'll finally be able to bleed my fronts tomorrow!!
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Old 05-12-2012, 06:56 PM   #14
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Yes please do. I've been working like crazy to get my coil over setup together. I'll post pics for that on another thread.
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Hopefully by the end of the day on saturday I'll be able to tell you how the Greenstuff pads are. I'll finally be able to bleed my fronts tomorrow!!
Greenstuff is fantastic. It was recommended to me by a friend and I've liked them.
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