Installing the Big Brakes - 2002 BMW M3 Long-Term Road Test
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2002 BMW M3 Long Term Road Test

2002 BMW M3: Installing the Big Brakes

July 24, 2008

A more accurate title for this blog is: Having the Big Brakes Installed. We hired Lucent Motors to do this job for us. This West L.A. shop specializes in high-end German hardware. In fact, while on site, our M3 kept some excellent company:

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Our friend Tom Chan at Lucent explained that installing performance hardware on Porsches, Mercedes, BMWs and several other luxury marques is the company's bread and butter.

Lucent charges $500 for a job like ours which required installing new front rotors and calipers, installing new rear rotors and pads and swapping all four stock brake lines for the stainless steel lines from Stoptech. They bleed the system and test drive the car. Making our 332mm Stoptech system fit under the stock 18-inch wheels required use of these 10mm spacers. This will marginally compromise the M3's steering geometry, but it's the only way to make the brakes fit under the stock wheels.

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Here's what serious stopping power looks like:

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Check back tomorrow for a post on bedding in the new pads and double checking the system before testing.

Josh Jacquot, Senior road test editor @ 58,990 miles


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