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If you were to DIY-- (archive)

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Posted by MicahO on August 31, 2001 at 07:26:18:

In Reply to: I need new rear brakes! @!*%! N E way, if posted by Nick on August 30, 2001 at 18:03:37:

These prices are for 525/535/530 - 540 prices are slightly higher, you didn't mention which car you had.

Rotors will run you about $32 each (x2)(prices at b| and pads will cost you $25-$40 for a set, depending on which you want to buy. It's all easy work, you might want a 2 foot persuader (breaker bar) for the caliper carrier bolts, and a good bit of WD40 for the rotor set screws, also a set of metric allen keys, and a caliper compressor of some sort. This is one area where Bentley's doesn't leave out too many hidden steps (ever try to follow their instructions for the microfilter?!?) Bruno's site will also provide all the information you need, in the absence of a Bentley's.

If you want to do brake upgrades, start with the front (which do most of the work), then move to the rear. The easiest rear upgrades available are vented 540 brakes, which would mean you need new calipers and caliper carriers.

Micah O'C
'92 525iT, all new OE brakes

I do in fact need new brakes like the dealer says, I was wondering what is a good price I should be looking for IF I kept it stock, this would be new rotors and pads. I'm pretty sure that I will take this opportunity to upgrade my rears unless you guys think it's a waste of times to do an upgrade on the rear brakes. Ugh, this car, hopefully once all this stuff is refreshed it will be the end of big maintenance for a LONG time!

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