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Old 01-14-2009, 09:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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'06 M3 Brakes

I have an '06 M3 Competition edition and i'm going to need to change the brakes in the near future. I plan on doing the work myself rather than paying the dealer $$$$$. Does anyone have a reputable parts supplier for brake parts (i have cross drilled rotors all around) online who they do business with? Also, will I need to buy any special tools for the brake job? I ordered a DVD repair manual for the car on ebay but still haven't received it...so i don't know the scope of the job and if special tools will be needed.

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I take it you are going to change the Rotors and Pads. You might try pelican parts for the replacements, if you can't find it on their site you might want to call and speak to someone they are always very helpful and usually have decent prices.

I haven't changed brakes on an e46 but I wouldn't think you would need any special tools, maybe a clamp to compress the pistons in the brake caliper. I'm sure someone more familiar with the e46 will chime in.
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Thanks for the input, much appreciated. I'm hoping for the best and assuming the worst. I've never worked on a car with cross-drilled rotors. I'm not sure if you can cut them like standard rotors or if replacement is necessary. The car only has 43K on it so I'm assuming that the rotors will be able to be cut.

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^ Do not cut cross drilled rotors... they would have a greater chance of cracking... just buy new ones....
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I second buying new rotors (I never cut even my solid OEM rotors), and usually buy my brake parts from Pelican Parts.
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