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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 Sat, Jan-20-2007, 08:44:20 PM   #1
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ok i am going to be doing the fronts on my 02 m3 with 14 inch brembo bbk..

how many people have done this and what are some of the problems i may run into...

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i searched for a couple of days but didnt get any good opinions...
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looks like there is some info from a couple of threads in the DIY section...
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Very easy DIY. If you've ever changed your brakes before then this is a piece of cake.
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Subscribing. I've got Brembo 355mm/345mm on order.
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only tricky bit is getting your rotor off if it has seized
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all it takes is some vibration.. you can use an airhammer, or just hit it with a hammer and pry from behind the rotor with a screwdriver.. it should pop off.
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For me the only tricky bit, and this applies to both front and rear, was cutting the rotor shield off the hub. Other than that and getting all the air out of the calipers during the bleed, it was as easy as changing rotors and installing SS lines. With stock 18" wheels I needed a 12mm spacer to clear the calipers.

If you don't already have high temp fluid, you might as well flush at the same time if you have the equipment. Other things, you need lock tite for the main bolts on the bracket, and you should get some high-temp anti seize and put it on the back of the rotor hubs so they are easier to take off next time.

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all it takes is some vibration.. you can use an airhammer, or just hit it with a hammer and pry from behind the rotor with a screwdriver.. it should pop off.
I just used a 3 prong puller tool
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Changing brakes isn't hard - just dirty as h3ll. Jacy is right, the hardest part is cutting the dust shield. I did mine with tin snips, but eventually switched toe air tools. If you have access to air tools it'll make it a lot easier. A couple things to make sure you have on hand:

- A file so you can smooth down the edges of the dust shield after cutting.
- Some spray paint coat over the edges of the dust shield after cutting to prevent rust.
- A piece of cardboard to help block off the spray paint from getting all over the place while you spray.
- Something to stop/catch/block the brake line from bleeding out all the fluid.

Also, the brembo rotor is only held on by one screw vs two for the stock. Don't be suprised by that.

Your brakes will feel sooo much better after you put the new brakes on. After driving with it, you'll wonder how you lived without them.
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Thanks Will. Nice write-up !
How long will the Brembo rotors last on street driving vs. tracking ?
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