In Reply to: Re: Brake components posted by ChesS on June 22, 1999 at 16:00:42:
: Thanks Kevin;
: AutoZone stores quote Performance Friction less than $40/axle....not bad. I agree about the rotors but thought that somebody may have an access to the same parts as BMW.
: Are we all set for the July get together?
: : : Could somebody suggest a good place in US to buy brake components for street use:
: : : - pads (no noise and no dust - what brand?)
: : : BMW dealer wants over $90/set (F)
: : : - rotors (is there any aftermaket place selling same quality as BMW dealers?)
: : : BMW dealer wants over $190/pc
: : : '91 M5, 58k
: : : '85 535, 175k
: : Chester, I just bought some rotors at Stevens Creek. I asked him for 20% for BMWCCA membership and he gave it to me, so it was like $158/rotor. My experience with aftermarket rotors was not good and I won't try it again. I bought some for my 325i from Bekkers and they warped in like 8k miles. I bought rotors from the dealer the second time and not only did the surface look different, they did not warp. They also have a 1 year warranty. Most importantly for our cars, BMW spin balances all rotors it buys brake manufacturers such as Brembo, ATE, etc. I have decided to save money elsewhere from now on. As for pads, I put Mintex Red box on my 325i and they worked great. I am going to try Performance Friction or KVR's for the M5 (yes, they are expensive $160 a set approximately) because of drivers schools.
You may want to try The BMW Store, do a search for their website. It is a regular dealer but they do discount parts. Problem is you may spend the difference in shipping. I will check out the AutoZone for pads.