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Old 20th April 2006, 21:16   #1
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I was looking at Dinan's website and saw under the M5 that they were selling "Dinan/Brembo Rear Brakes-Red". I was just wondering if anybody had changed to these.
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Don't think anyone will be doing these for some time; at least until they release something for the fronts. I think I remember reading that g-Power released a set.
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If you are interested in Brembo or Stop Tech big brake kits, contact David at Zeckhausen Racing. They have both kits available for the new M5. Evosport (Simon or Brad) will have a 12-pot and an 8-pot Rotora kit in the near future. I believe both companies are sponsors.

The 12-pot Rotora’s are an outrageous forged design that should work very well for those of us that have gone to 20” rims.
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Come on, guys! The stock brakes are already some of the largest and best brakes on the market. If I am not mistaken, the stock are 14.7 inch vented cross drilled rotors with equally humongous calipers. How many other cars offer such high quality brakes? Not even Porsche, and they are the gods of the braking!
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The issue with the stock setup is fade. They may be big relatively to some small, relatively light sportscars with far superior weight distribution (ie. Porsche), but they're insufficient for hauling this hefty vehicle down from high speeds multiple times.
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The issue with the stock setup is fade. They may be big relatively to some small, relatively light sportscars with far superior weight distribution (ie. Porsche), but they're insufficient for hauling this hefty vehicle down from high speeds multiple times.
I honestly think that with some better pads, the brakes are up to all but the most hardcore of track outtings.

On my track day, I was taking it pretty easy since the car only had 1600 miles, but the stock tires gave up WAY before I ever felt any brake fade.
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You are absolutely right, the stock brakes are phenomenal and there is little reason, if any, to make any changes unless you are frequently tracking the car or you are not happy with the aesthetics of the stock look.

To be fair and honest, I’m not even sure you would gain all that much real world track performance with any aftermarket brake kit over the stock system with a good set of race/ceramic pads and the proper brake fluid. I have tracked my car a number of times and, yes, I have had some fade issues. But I’m confident that with a change in pads and fluid, these issues would be significantly reduced.

You could put forth a argument regarding the additional swept area of some of the big brake kits and their claimed improvements on rotor cooling and out-gassing (slotted vs. drilled rotors) or even that the added rotational mass 0f 20” rims necessitate the upgrade. Just go to Stop Tech’s website and read some of their “white papers”, which is great stuff for any car enthusiast, let alone a race car designer. All arguments aside, what it really comes down to for a street car of the caliber (pun intended ) of the M5 is aesthetics.

If you like the look of the big brake kits and the cost is not an issue, you can always find plenty of reasons to rationalize the mod. I know I do.

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On the topic of aesthetics, I think there is a point when excessive size becomes overkill. I actually think the 19-inch rims are a tad small for the M5 and would have preferred if BMW offered a deliverable 20-inch option. But the thought of going to 21-inch or 22-inch rims, in my mind, simply makes the rims look too big. In addition, you end up with these ultra ultra low profile tires that I think look a little silly. All of us have seen the Nissan Sentras with 22-inch Spinners and 30 profile tires. They just look overdone. The stock 14.7-inch rotors are huge to look at by any standards. Then again, I guess if you go to 20-inch rims, there might be a little bit of space between the rotor and the rims. I just like everything stock. Makes my life a lot easier, I guess. Then again, I am not a good driver like you guys and never take my car on the track.
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On the topic of aesthetics, I think there is a point when excessive size becomes overkill. I actually think the 19-inch rims are a tad small for the M5 and would have preferred if BMW offered a deliverable 20-inch option. But the thought of going to 21-inch or 22-inch rims, in my mind, simply makes the rims look too big. In addition, you end up with these ultra ultra low profile tires that I think look a little silly. All of us have seen the Nissan Sentras with 22-inch Spinners and 30 profile tires. They just look overdone. The stock 14.7-inch rotors are huge to look at by any standards. Then again, I guess if you go to 20-inch rims, there might be a little bit of space between the rotor and the rims. I just like everything stock. Makes my life a lot easier, I guess. Then again, I am not a good driver like you guys and never take my car on the track.
not to mention they tend to harshen up the ride a bit too... cause they need so much air pressure . i'll pass on the big dubs myself...
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We are going a bit OT here, but it’s a good discussion. I would encourage anyone who even has the least bit of interest in improving their driving skills to take advantage of either one of your local car club track days and safety sessions or BMW’s M Experience. You will find your car to be capable of far more than you ever dreamed and in the process become a better, safer driver. I’m not suggesting that you race your car, just take advantage of opportunity it presents you and enjoy it for a day on a track. A vast majority of the enthusiasts who come out for a club day at the track are not there to race or even to really push the limits in any way. What they are there for is to learn from the pros and the more experienced drivers. It’s a whole lot of fun and your M5 will love you for it.

By the way, I would never consider myself anymore than an average to, at best, a good driver. I constantly get spanked by drivers in cars that have far less performance potential than any of my cars. But that does not take away from the experience in any way. It just motivates me to learn more.

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