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Need to change the front disks on my '94 big brake car.

I'm a pretty competent home mechanic and if I'm struggling for equipment/tools etc, I can usually borrow what I need.

I've changed disks before.

Question is - is changing the front disks a DIY job for me?

Any torque settings I need to be aware of?

Anything "special" about changing THESE disks over and above the procedures on any other car?

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Rob
 

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Rob

Nothing really different to other brake systems, other than the advantage that if you were changing just pads, you don't have to remove the caliper, because the pads just drop in at the top.

The only thing I do when changing brake discs and pads is to make sure everything is scrupulously clean.

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Andy
 

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Cheers Andy.

How does it all work then?

Are the bells held on by the bearing? Or do they just "fall off" once you've removed the wheel/caliper like most fwd cars these days?

Presume you have to take the disks off complete with bells, then separate them, stick your new disks on the bells and then bung 'em back on the car?

Do you have any torque settings?

Thanks again...............
 

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All here in super technicolour!

http://bmwe34m5.com/faqs/?theme=1&l...27&chapitre_id_select=37&document_id_select=3






Rob Plummer said:
Cheers Andy.

How does it all work then?

Are the bells held on by the bearing? Or do they just "fall off" once you've removed the wheel/caliper like most fwd cars these days?

Presume you have to take the disks off complete with bells, then separate them, stick your new disks on the bells and then bung 'em back on the car?

Do you have any torque settings?

Thanks again...............
 

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Hi Rob

They come as a complete unit.

Not sure if you have bought them yet; If you haven't, you can source them from William Jacks Sunningdale, ask for Steve Edwards in parts, and he will do you a great deal 20 to 25% off RRP (or more? Can't remember what I paid?)




Rob Plummer said:
Nice one!

Deffo a DIY job then!

I just don't like messing about with bearings that's all - but with this set-up I won't have to!

Does anyone know if new disks come with new bells? Or do you just buy the disks and bolt 'em on to your old bells?
 

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Rob,

Make sure you put them on the correct side (mine were oposite hand!!). The picture in the article is correct. The fins should face backwards looking from the top.

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Hi Rob

They come as a complete unit.

Not sure if you have bought them yet; If you haven't, you can source them from William Jacks Sunningdale, ask for Steve Edwards in parts, and he will do you a great deal 20 to 25% off RRP (or more? Can't remember what I paid?)
Nice one matey! Haven't bought them yet, so will give him a call.

What's your real name so I can mention you to him?
 

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ECM4 said:
Rob,

Make sure you put them on the correct side (mine were oposite hand!!). The picture in the article is correct. The fins should face backwards looking from the top.

Craig
Cheers Craig - I know they're handed - was just going to do them the same as the old ones - but having the pic for reference is good!
 

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Sorry Rob

Left out all the pertinent info: Brian Charman and the number for Steve is 01344 630420





Rob Plummer said:
Nice one matey! Haven't bought them yet, so will give him a call.

What's your real name so I can mention you to him?
 

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That VERY nice man Steve Edwards at William Jacks has quoted me:

£260.45 inc VAT for a pair of disks, set of pads and sensor.

Local specialist quoted BMW retail prices = £327.26.

I was budgeting on around £350 for the lot.

Just waiting for a carriage cost from Steve.

He also told me he'd just saved someone around £600 on a full set of EDC shocks.........................

Cheers for the tip Brian!!

edit: anyone know what a pair of 345mm disks and set of pads weighs??
 

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Each disc weighs 9.07Kg, the pads weighs 2.045Kg ......... got the information off the top of my knowledgeable head (Off the ETK)




Rob Plummer said:
That VERY nice man Steve Edwards at William Jacks has quoted me:

£260.45 inc VAT for a pair of disks, set of pads and sensor.

Local specialist quoted BMW retail prices = £327.26.

I was budgeting on around £350 for the lot.

Just waiting for a carriage cost from Steve.

He also told me he'd just saved someone around £600 on a full set of EDC shocks.........................

Cheers for the tip Brian!!

edit: anyone know what a pair of 345mm disks and set of pads weighs??
 

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Cheers Brian,

Steve called me back and has now quoted £227.10inc VAT and delivery.

I pointed out that this price was less than he quoted before, but he was happy with it!

Will have to check what's on the old credit card bill, but this could almost be the deal of the century!!!

Unless I've misheard him of course!!
 

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I think he must have made a mistake orginally.

I paid something under £250 for discs and pads and sensor.

He's a good lad and I like to keep him happy, ie. Wine at Christmas, that sort of thing




Rob Plummer said:
Cheers Brian,

Steve called me back and has now quoted £227.10inc VAT and delivery.

I pointed out that this price was less than he quoted before, but he was happy with it!

Will have to check what's on the old credit card bill, but this could almost be the deal of the century!!!

Unless I've misheard him of course!!
 
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