the big problem with non-major brake calipers is rebuilds, seals, replacement discs & pads
sure you might save a TON of money up front but a brake job with them might be buying the kit all over again
Saw this while researching the K-sport brakes:
K-SPORT shock absorbers and 4/6/8/10 POT brake system kits are made in Taiwan with owns stable market and the annual sales volumes are exceed 10 million US dollars in the world. These shock absorbers and brake system kits can be found on many winning race teams in Southeast Asia such as most famous "MACAU GRAND PRIX", ďASIA PACIFIC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP", "TIME ATTACK", and "EUROPEAN DRIFT CHAMPIONSHIP"
They have a cheap price, but I'd be suspicious of them
Guys, I have some pictures of the installation of the Performance brakes, the brackets, the adaptations etc.
In the third picture, you can see the adaptations required to fit the caliper.
Oh, and you can also see that part of the cover behind the rotor has been cut away, to make room for the bigger caliper.
In the picture where the rotor is attached with the wheel bolts, the mechanic is checking if the disk will be right in the middle of the caliper or not, and tiny washers are added where required (same technique is used with e.g. AP Racing brakes).
The original brake line, and the original brake pad sensor can be reused.
A few Q's
1) How long did it take your mechanic the first time of install?
2) I cann't see what adaptions you refer to in Photo 3
3) What general additional parts etc do you need to have to hand doing this? You mention that drilling was required in the Disc, Any special care needed etc.
I'm not going to tackle job myself but my mechanic is very aprehensive in tackling this so want all knowledge to hand as I don't want my car off the road too long.
From looking at it I would anticpate that from start to finish, including drilling, adaptions etc, 3/4 hrs would be comfortable time to fit?
2001 ///M5 - SOLD
Eisenmann Sport | Supersprint headers | SuperSprint X-pipe | Ground Control | Stoptech ST-40 front brakes | Powerchip | Rogue 280mm clutch | JB Racing lightweight flywheel | Rogue short shift | Dinan rear Swaybar | OEM 9.5" all around with Star Specs | Cosmo Racing CAI | Opened brake ducts
1. First time of install was about 3 hours. Now it's more like 2 hours, including the bleeding of the brakes
2. See red circle in attached picture...
3. You'll need a few extra bolts, since the thread in the brackets is not the same as the thread in the original brackets. I'll include those in the package I'll send you. For the drilling nothing special is required. We used a saw that works on compressed air, to cut the plate behind the rotors. Then a few clamps to make sure you don't spill too much brake fluid while there's no caliper installed (the red thing in one of the pictures of my previous post). A few washers, to make sure the bracket can be mounted in the correct position (seen on the pictures). Brake fluid... Maybe a tool for automatic bleeding the brakes, allthough you could also do it by just pushing the pedal...
Note: you might have to bleed these calipers more than once. And it's normal that the pedal feels a bit soft in the beginning. Not sure if it's the rotors or the pads, but we notice this every time again...
@firebird400: I had one customer that used these brakes on track, on an E90 330i. He was pretty pleased with them, and had no complaints. I'll test my setup on the Nurburgring soon, and I'll let you know...