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E21, E30General discussion and technical help for 1975-1991 3 series cars.
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Your Ride: 1991 325i
Aftermarket brakes / brake caliper
Alright I am considering replacing the brakes with something new next time it craps out. Now since the e30's brake calipers have been known to become stuck I was wondering if it was a good idea to replace them with an after market part. Any thoughts about safety, tools needed for installation, and what would you recommend using.
Your Ride: 1991 318is (e30 m42), 2007 Mazdaspeed 3
I would think to just buy some rebuilt calipers, you will need to replace both at the same time (Per axle). If you want something more performance oriented there is a small company that offers a 300mm disc with a 2 piston willwood caliper but they cost a pretty penny and won't fit under your bcaps. My best suggestion is just buying some rebuilt ones, I think i have gotten a couple from pelican parts. Then maybe use the old ones as an exercise in rebuilding calipers.
^^^ yeah, i have heard that fitting any other brakes on an e30 is a nightmare, especially with the bottlecaps like nick said. that being said, the E30 has pretty decent braking as it is. i plan to continue using good pads, and then just getting some stainless steel brake lines to firm up pedal feel.