E90Post
 


Lux Angel Eyes
 
BMW 3-Series (E90 E92) Forum > E90 / E92 / E93 3-series Technical Forums > Suspension | Brakes | Chassis > Rotora Caliper Kit Installed--Impressions and Pics!



Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      12-18-2007, 07:23 PM   #1
Mr. 5
Modder Raider
Mr. 5's Avatar
Scotland
269
Rep
8,626
Posts

 
Drives: M3
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Surf City, HB

iTrader: (31)

Garage List
2007 e90 335i  [4.00]
Rotora Caliper Kit Installed--Impressions and Pics!

Hey guys,
First off, I've never been a brake guy. I've always focused on the hp gains and some aesthetics of the car, but I've never even thought to upgrade the brakes.
I always asked, "How can anyone spend 6k on something that won't make you go any faster?" Do they really work that much better?

Well, I still ask the question about spending 6k on brakes because I installed the Rotora Caliper Kit on the front and rear for far under 3k.

I ordered the rotoras from BJ at Vivid Racing, and I have to tell you that the quality of customer service was really good. I had a bunch of questions so I was constantly sending PMs and making phone calls to BJ and he was very understanding and he had all of the answers.

With all that a side, Let's talk about these brakes!
This kit came with all of the hardware needed for the install including the braded stainless steel lines.
The install went very smooth. The only thing that wasn't completely straight forward is the cutting of the brake dust shield behind the rotor.
The corners need to be cut on both the front and the rear for the calipers to fit. Yes, these calipers are massive!

Pros:

-My pedal has a constant feel every single time I step on the brakes.
-There is absolutely no fade! I've bedded in brakes plenty of times and by the time I reach the 6th time of braking, I notice the fade coming on.
This time when I bedded in the brakes the stopped the same exact way every single time!
-The looks of these things are awesome!
-They are 6 piston in the front and 4 piston in the rear.

Cons:
I only have one.
The caliper kits do not fit over the entire width of the rotor. This gets noticed after the car gets washed. With stock brakes, the rotors get a rust covering over the rotors, but they go away because all that needs to be done is do some braking and the brakes will scrape all the rust off.
Well now since the caliper doesn't cover the whole width of the rotor there is a rust ring that stays there unless you wipe it off. (You can see this ring in some of the pics.)
It doesn't bother me, but I could see how this could bother someone else.

Overall, I am extremely happy with my purchase.
I'm going to Willow Springs in January, and I'm going to race at Big Willow, so I won't have any worries about my brakes fading on me

The first pic is the front 6 piston.
The second is the rear 4 piston.
The rest are for your viewing pleasure.
Attached Images
    
__________________
e36 M3 Coupe, e36 325i Sedan
e90 335i--SOLD

Best 60-130-------------9.15 Seconds------------------WWW.MR5RACING.COM
Appreciate 0
      12-18-2007, 07:43 PM   #2
san~man
Tired
san~man's Avatar
44
Rep
2,617
Posts

 
Drives: BMW-less
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: USA

iTrader: (7)

Does that kit provide the option to install larger rotors in the future w/o having to buy any other parts?

Looks sick bro, nice job.
__________________
BMW-less
Appreciate 0
      12-18-2007, 07:50 PM   #3
Mr. 5
Modder Raider
Mr. 5's Avatar
Scotland
269
Rep
8,626
Posts

 
Drives: M3
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Surf City, HB

iTrader: (31)

Garage List
2007 e90 335i  [4.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by san~man View Post
Does that kit provide the option to install larger rotors in the future w/o having to buy any other parts?

Looks sick bro, nice job.
Thanks man!
I don't know about upgrading to the bigger rotors, but it seems like it would be possible if you got a different bracket along with the rotors. The bracket would make the calipers stick out farther to fit the bigger rotors.

Rotora is in the process of making cross drilled/slotted rotors and slotted rotors for the 335, but they aren't done yet.
From what I understand, they will be the same exact size as the OEM rotors.
__________________
e36 M3 Coupe, e36 325i Sedan
e90 335i--SOLD

Best 60-130-------------9.15 Seconds------------------WWW.MR5RACING.COM
Appreciate 0
      12-18-2007, 08:09 PM   #4
daheechang
Colonel
United_States
41
Rep
2,387
Posts

 
Drives: E92 m3
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Shoreline

iTrader: (14)

Send a message via AIM to daheechang
looks great! i just ordered all four 4 piston calipers through bj as well. great service and i'm very excited for the kit. Did you install these yourself?
Appreciate 0
      12-18-2007, 10:26 PM   #5
Mr. 5
Modder Raider
Mr. 5's Avatar
Scotland
269
Rep
8,626
Posts

 
Drives: M3
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Surf City, HB

iTrader: (31)

Garage List
2007 e90 335i  [4.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by daheechang View Post
looks great! i just ordered all four 4 piston calipers through bj as well. great service and i'm very excited for the kit. Did you install these yourself?
I did install them myself. If you know about brakes then it's pretty easy.
The only thing that sucks about the install is the cutting of the brake shield.
Everything else is straight forward.
__________________
e36 M3 Coupe, e36 325i Sedan
e90 335i--SOLD

Best 60-130-------------9.15 Seconds------------------WWW.MR5RACING.COM
Appreciate 0
      12-18-2007, 11:00 PM   #6
Archibald Donnington
Lieutenant
Archibald Donnington's Avatar
9
Rep
483
Posts

 
Drives: 2011 mini coop s
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: USA

iTrader: (0)

If you were having pedal fading issues, why did you not consider going for some cross-drilled or slotted rotors instead? Just curious.
aaron
__________________
a family man...
Appreciate 0
      12-18-2007, 11:22 PM   #7
san~man
Tired
san~man's Avatar
44
Rep
2,617
Posts

 
Drives: BMW-less
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: USA

iTrader: (7)

A rotor alone won't cut down on the amount of brake fade you experience.
__________________
BMW-less
Appreciate 0
      12-18-2007, 11:36 PM   #8
Mr. 5
Modder Raider
Mr. 5's Avatar
Scotland
269
Rep
8,626
Posts

 
Drives: M3
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Surf City, HB

iTrader: (31)

Garage List
2007 e90 335i  [4.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by san~man View Post
A rotor alone won't cut down on the amount of brake fade you experience.
Yep.
__________________
e36 M3 Coupe, e36 325i Sedan
e90 335i--SOLD

Best 60-130-------------9.15 Seconds------------------WWW.MR5RACING.COM
Appreciate 0
      12-19-2007, 10:28 AM   #9
uberschnell
Brigadier General
uberschnell's Avatar
No_Country
71
Rep
3,424
Posts

 
Drives: // 135i //, X5
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Bay Area

iTrader: (44)

Rotor would be the last thing. Pads-> Fliud-> Lines
__________________
- 08 135i - Wavetrac LSD, AST 4100, Swift springs, Brembo GT brakes, M3 front sway, Meyle HD links, Dinan Camber plates, Whiteline subframe bushings, M3 rear guide and upper link, M3 front control arms, HP custom M3 front Strut brace, Megan rear control arms, F30 brake shields -
Appreciate 0
      12-19-2007, 11:09 AM   #10
Raz335
Major
15
Rep
1,102
Posts

 
Drives: BMW M3 Convertible
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: LI,NY

iTrader: (2)

Great writeup and thanks for the pics! This seems like a much better option over a big brake kit. It's WAY more cost effective, you have more than enough braking performance (even for tracking) and you get all the looks of a big brake kit. Our OEM rotors are big enough (13"+) to look good with giant red calipers. I can't see why anyone would want a big brake kit with this option available.

Question: What pads are you running now? How's the dusting of these pads?
__________________

Jerez Black/Fox E93 M3 - Prem 2/Cold/Conv/DCT/EDC/19's/Ext Lthr/Crbn Trim/Enhanced Sound/Sat
Mods- 20" BBS LM's DBK/Challenge Catback/Eibachs/Trim wrapped black/Lux Angel eyes/35% Tint
Appreciate 0
      12-19-2007, 12:07 PM   #11
vividracing
vividracing's Avatar
United_States
140
Rep
3,748
Posts

 
Drives: 2011 BMW M3 DCT
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Arizona

iTrader: (13)

Send a message via AIM to vividracing
great write up craig and thanks for the kind words
your car looks amazing with those brakes
and i'm really glad that you loved it

the slotted and drilles/slotted rotors for 335 should be available by jan-feb
Appreciate 0
      12-19-2007, 12:29 PM   #12
335iheLLraiseR
اوليسيس
335iheLLraiseR's Avatar
United_States
70
Rep
4,660
Posts

 
Drives: e92 335
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: sfl

iTrader: (8)

Garage List
2007 e92 335  [5.00]
Mr. 5, what made you go with red for the caliper color on a silver car?

i'm debating a color right now and can't make up mind.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by lawdude View Post
Anyone who can transition seamlessly from defending one vendor and bashing another vendor to bashing the one he formally defended and defending the one he formally bashed has a instant credibility problem.
<---Sign up Now for Bonus Storage! Up to 10gb!
Appreciate 0
      12-19-2007, 01:04 PM   #13
Mr. 5
Modder Raider
Mr. 5's Avatar
Scotland
269
Rep
8,626
Posts

 
Drives: M3
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Surf City, HB

iTrader: (31)

Garage List
2007 e90 335i  [4.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by 335iheLLraiseR View Post
Mr. 5, what made you go with red for the caliper color on a silver car?

i'm debating a color right now and can't make up mind.
I guess it's just a matter of preference, but I personally like the looks of a caliper that stands out. I think the contrast looks the best when it comes to brakes.
__________________
e36 M3 Coupe, e36 325i Sedan
e90 335i--SOLD

Best 60-130-------------9.15 Seconds------------------WWW.MR5RACING.COM
Appreciate 0
      12-19-2007, 01:07 PM   #14
MMAJNKE
MMA Changed My Life!
MMAJNKE's Avatar
Japan
134
Rep
6,233
Posts

 
Drives: e92 m3 & f30 328i
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: so cal

iTrader: (45)

Garage List
very nice..
Appreciate 0
      12-19-2007, 01:52 PM   #15
Ron@Modbargains
Ron@Modbargains's Avatar
United_States
34
Rep
2,201
Posts

 
Drives: 996TT/ae86
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: 1721 E. Lambert Rd #C, La Habra, CA 90631

iTrader: (3)

Send a message via AIM to Ron@Modbargains
Looks good, the CSL's too! They bring out the BBK - looks like no spacer was needed right, cleared and everything.
Appreciate 0
      12-19-2007, 03:41 PM   #16
TTBM
Second Lieutenant
3
Rep
289
Posts

 
Drives: 335i
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Socal

iTrader: (1)

where can i get these from?
Appreciate 0
      12-19-2007, 04:19 PM   #17
MOTO69JOE
Captain
MOTO69JOE's Avatar
United_States
13
Rep
876
Posts

 
Drives: E46, E90
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: The South

iTrader: (3)

man thats a sexy car, those calipers would look great on my wifes CR.
Appreciate 0
      12-19-2007, 05:09 PM   #18
vividracing
vividracing's Avatar
United_States
140
Rep
3,748
Posts

 
Drives: 2011 BMW M3 DCT
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Arizona

iTrader: (13)

Send a message via AIM to vividracing
Quote:
Originally Posted by TTBM View Post
where can i get these from?
pm sent
Appreciate 0
      12-19-2007, 05:26 PM   #19
Mr. 5
Modder Raider
Mr. 5's Avatar
Scotland
269
Rep
8,626
Posts

 
Drives: M3
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Surf City, HB

iTrader: (31)

Garage List
2007 e90 335i  [4.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ron************ View Post
Looks good, the CSL's too! They bring out the BBK - looks like no spacer was needed right, cleared and everything.
Yep. No problems whatsoever with the wheels fitting over the calipers.

Actually, one thing that I was nervous about was if my 17" drag radial wheels would fit over the rear calipers and they did!
That's actually the first thing that I checked after I put on the caliper.
This is great news for people back east who have a 17" setup for the winter.
__________________
e36 M3 Coupe, e36 325i Sedan
e90 335i--SOLD

Best 60-130-------------9.15 Seconds------------------WWW.MR5RACING.COM
Appreciate 0
      12-22-2007, 12:35 AM   #20
Mr. 5
Modder Raider
Mr. 5's Avatar
Scotland
269
Rep
8,626
Posts

 
Drives: M3
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Surf City, HB

iTrader: (31)

Garage List
2007 e90 335i  [4.00]
Update.
I just ordered the cross drilled/slotted rotors for the rears since rotora has them already (the fronts are going to be out in jan/feb). I was thinking that it might look a little funny if I had them on the rear and not the front, but I was just itching to do it.
I'll post the pics once I install them.
__________________
e36 M3 Coupe, e36 325i Sedan
e90 335i--SOLD

Best 60-130-------------9.15 Seconds------------------WWW.MR5RACING.COM
Appreciate 0
      12-22-2007, 12:45 AM   #21
san~man
Tired
san~man's Avatar
44
Rep
2,617
Posts

 
Drives: BMW-less
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: USA

iTrader: (7)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr. 5 View Post
Update.
I just ordered the cross drilled/slotted rotors for the rears since rotora has them already (the fronts are going to be out in jan/feb). I was thinking that it might look a little funny if I had them on the rear and not the front, but I was just itching to do it.
I'll post the pics once I install them.
So what was the outcome on mounting the calipers with the larger rotor? Is it still a direct bolt-on, or do you need a different caliper mounting bracket?
__________________
BMW-less
Appreciate 0
      12-22-2007, 01:48 PM   #22
Mr. 5
Modder Raider
Mr. 5's Avatar
Scotland
269
Rep
8,626
Posts

 
Drives: M3
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Surf City, HB

iTrader: (31)

Garage List
2007 e90 335i  [4.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by san~man View Post
So what was the outcome on mounting the calipers with the larger rotor? Is it still a direct bolt-on, or do you need a different caliper mounting bracket?
It's not a large rotor.
It's the same size as OEM.
__________________
e36 M3 Coupe, e36 325i Sedan
e90 335i--SOLD

Best 60-130-------------9.15 Seconds------------------WWW.MR5RACING.COM
Appreciate 0
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:16 PM.




e90post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST