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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Tue, Apr-18-2017, 12:53:13 AM   #11
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Default Re: Z06 front brakes on M3

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They are an OK caliper by all accounts. Made by PBR in Australia.
Jake Rozelle ran them on his 1st gen Camaro and won his GTV class in Optima Last year, no idea if he rebuilt them during the season tho.
With that being said. I was looking at a set for my camaro a couple years back when they were like $600 a set for the calipers. After reading on the corvette forums about the pistons seizing or something like that, the serious Z06 guys all swap them out I ended up getting wilwood aero6 calipers w/pads for $900 (I use Z51 rotors on a C6 steering knuckle)
The hot swap these days is the ZR1 or Z28 brembo caliper or the 2nd gen CTS-V brembo but they are still pretty expensive.
This is wrong, yes pbr is an Australian company that once produced them, but to my knowledge they were never produced in Australia. However they are now made by akebono in South Carolina. Akebono purchased the plant they are made in from PBR, they also took over PBR's contracts.


I thought about running them, the biggest upside is that I make them and they would have been 100% free. Having a Lifetime supply of akebono pads, pistons, seals was also a plus. but ultimately decided against it and went with st60/40.

My decision was based on cosmetics and the ease to get everything working correctly (brackets, bias). The performance played a very minor role in my decision.

Also I was lucky enough to say that money was not a factor in my decision either, if it was I would obviously choose the vette over stoptech
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This is wrong, yes pbr is an Australian company that once produced them, but tonly my knowledge they were never produced in Australia. However they are now made by akebono in South Carolina.


I thought about running, the biggest upside is that I make them and they would have 100% free. Lifetime supply og akebono pads was also i plus. but ultimately decided against it and went with st60/40
Free and he still chooses something else. Pretty much says it all.

Little trivia, at one time BMW was the design target for Vette brakes...
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I edited my previous post with new information
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Updated post is clearer. Thank you for extra effort.

Last thing we need on this forum is a bunch of people popping off about stuff they don't have accurate facts on
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Updated post is clearer. Thank you for extra effort.

Last thing we need on this forum is a bunch of people popping off about stuff they don't have accurate facts on
NP.

I have a caliper here that I wouldn't mind running. It's from the audi SQ suv's that is the 17" version, we make a 19" version, they are freaking massive.

Here is a pic of the 3 sets I was considering running.


And to keep the thread on topic, here are the Z06 being machined

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IDK

Just to clarify, I was the person I was referring to popping off without accurate facts.
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I know, I posted the pics because I really enjoy brakes and I figured others would enjoy them as well.
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those stoptech calipers are enormous! and i thought the z06 calipers were chunky.

now to find some cheap porsche rear calipers and refurb them...
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I know, I posted the pics because I really enjoy brakes and I figured others would enjoy them as well.
Pics did not resolve before. Those are some sweet looking brakes.
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