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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 12-03-2016, 03:15 PM   #1
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Best Deal Big Brake Kit... Ever

Hello all,

I'd like to start by introducing myself. I'm Gaston, a 29 year old auto enthusiast and entrepreneur. I bought an 03 LSB e46 M3 from a friend a couple of years ago and have since modified a ton. I performed home made SMG to 6 speed conversion with the helpful info of other forum members that went perfectly and so I wanted to return the favor by giving you all information on the absolute best big brake kit deal of all time...

On the way home about a month ago, I began to feel a wobble in the steering wheel while driving down the road. Only a few miles to home so I easily made my way to my driveway and when I got out I could smell something was cooking. So I checked my brakes first, the passenger caliper was warm to the touch but nothing out of the ordinary. The driver side was scalding hot though! Time for some brake parts...

I thought about rebuilding the calipers, upgrading the guide pins, new rotors and pads initially. Then researched replacing the calipers since they were the originals. To do all this from factory was going to be $1600 or more, and for that much money I wanted to at least upgrade the stopping performance!

So we all know Brembo makes some of the best brakes out there, period. The problem for me was they started at $3,000 and went right on up. So to stay around that 2g sweet spot getting a big brake kit was looking out of the question and I wasn't interested in Ceikas or Ksports... and I looked at those because I really wanted a 8 pot caliper, for big performance, big rotors, and that sweet massive caliper.

So the search continued and found a company called AK Motorsport through the forums that retrofits Lamborghini brakes to other German cars (yes Lamborghini is pretty much German now). The deal was to good to be true it seemed so I was skeptical to say the least. Especially so because no one in the states had ever used the company so I had no feedback to go off of other than his website and photos. And everyone was skeptical about the calipers working with factory master cylinder and brake bias, etc. Luckily my dad is a hydraulic engineer that verified there would be no issues regarding pedal feel and pad pressure to rotor and have a friend that lives in Warsaw near AK motorsport HQ that verified the legitimacy of them and all transactions would be done trough paypal which protects both parties! So I went for it...

THE GOODIES:
The kit on offer is a Lamborghini Huracan/Audi R8- Brembo made 8 pot massive calipers that he rebuilds and powder coats to your color of choice, with pads (8 of them), 360mm semi floating rotors from e92 M3 made by ATE (pronounced ah-tay), stainless lines, and the custom made bolts and brackets all for around 2 grand!!

So I emailed Albert at AK Motorsport who was an absolute pleasure to work with and a few weeks later got my kit!

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Sick! The color was perfect, and they were friggin huge! I was waiting to wake up because I still couldn't believe the deal was true or for there to be an issue with install but everything bolted up perfectly!

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I have put almost 2000miles on the kit so far with absolutely zero issues. It's been perfect!

I will be posting a DIY shortly that I will edit link into this post for anyone interested feel free to PM me with questions! Take care til next time.

-G

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Old 12-05-2016, 09:32 AM   #2
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looks great and sounds like you got an awesome deal! By the way, the photo has brembo sticker but your picture with the wheel has no sticker. Did you remove it?
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Old 12-05-2016, 09:47 AM   #3
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Thank you and yes I highly recommend to anyone looking to upgrade. The price vs performance is second to none. I used brake clean on parts and it melted the stickers off, ugh, got some more though and am putting on this weekend!

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Old 12-05-2016, 07:37 PM   #4
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Nice! Do they have 6 pot?
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Old 12-05-2016, 07:39 PM   #5
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Yes they do! From Panamera Turbo S if I'm not mistaken but don't quote me on that?? Check out AKmotorsport

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Old 12-06-2016, 01:12 PM   #6
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Looks fantastic! One question, when it comes time to replace brake pads, are you then needing to pay a Lamborghini premium on a set of pads? And what is that cost? M Premium is bad enough as it is hah

One of my buddies did a Ferrari BBK on his e46 m3. Looks sick and brakes are amazing too

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Old 12-06-2016, 02:28 PM   #7
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Thank you man, I couldnt be happier. Great question and one i should have touched on. Because VW auto group owns Lamborghini, Audi, Porsche, Bugatti, and others they put this caliper on a few modeld. Huracan, gallardo, r8, rs6, phaeton I think, and more. So the pads are very reasonable. I got them with the ferodo ds2500 because they're a great track/street pad. They're quiet, grippy, and not too dusty. You do need 8 of them, 4 per side but still very reasonable. And the best thing of all is how amazingly super easy they are to change. No exaggeration I can do a front brake job in 7 minutes with hand tools, like 2 with impact gun on lugs. Awesome set up. I'm thrilled to say the least with the set up. The next best thing is a 6 pot brembo kit which retails for like 5 grand and these are 2 piston bigger for less than half!

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Old 12-06-2016, 02:40 PM   #8
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Wow I bet those can take some punishment on the track. Great info thanks OP.

Do they also have kits for the rear?
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Old 12-06-2016, 02:47 PM   #9
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I figure if they're good enough for a Huracan they're probably good enough for me! Haha yessir I haven't tracked them yet but I'm expecting improved times in the second or two range (maybe more or er... less??) just in braking power! Moving up from 1 to 8 pistons. Yes Albert at AK makes 4 pot kit that's a Porsche vw Audi made by brembo kit that works in conjunction with factory rear rotors so it's very reasonably priced as well and is next on my list! Also FYI he did the math to make sure the kits when both installed have almost identical surface area in relation to front/ rear in percentage to factory to retain the desired bias. The guy races audi s2 class and knows what he is doing!

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Old 12-06-2016, 04:17 PM   #10
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I figure if they're good enough for a Huracan they're probably good enough for me! Haha yessir I haven't tracked them yet but I'm expecting improved times in the second or two range (maybe more or er... less??) just in braking power! Moving up from 1 to 8 pistons. Yes Albert at AK makes 4 pot kit that's a Porsche vw Audi made by brembo kit that works in conjunction with factory rear rotors so it's very reasonably priced as well and is next on my list! Also FYI he did the math to make sure the kits when both installed have almost identical surface area in relation to front/ rear in percentage to factory to retain the desired bias. The guy races audi s2 class and knows what he is doing!

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You will notice the difference for sure. When I upgraded to a BBK kit on my VW Jetta track car brake fade pretty much went away.

Double bonus on the brake bias math. That is something typically missed out on when upgrading.

Congrats. Look forward to the track report.
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Old 01-13-2017, 07:38 PM   #11
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weird, did my comment and the guy from AK Motorsports comment got deleted? I was just asking if they offer discount if we buy both front and rears as a set. meh..
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Old 01-13-2017, 08:47 PM   #12
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Didn't see your old message but feel like I did see Albert's at some point, he's the main man at AK.
Im guessing he would be willing to work with you on price if you did both. Im happy to add that after some tail happy autocrossing these brakes are still amazing. Love the kit, love the price. People comment all the time on them!

Good luck dude!

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Old 06-15-2017, 12:06 PM   #13
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Sweet ride, OP! How thick are the spacers you have on to clear the brakes?


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Old 06-15-2017, 05:22 PM   #14
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Thank you kindly! Work in progress, as we all know. I originally had 15mm in front but the calipers were very close to the inside of the spokes with the ZHP BBS 19s. My concern was at track days the caliper will heat up and expand, it was close enough that it might have rubbed, which is BAD! So i switched to 20mm spacers. I have no rub whatsoever with max factory camber and clears calipers with no concern now.
Brakes have about 5k miles on them now with absolutley ZERO issues. They perform flawlessy, look incredible, and are crazy easy to maintain. Still stand by my statement that these are the best bang for the buck in the world. Esoecially for BBK.
Spot welding chassis, beefing up rear end and all suspension mounts, powerflex bushings all around, new diff, new axles, new engine and trans mounts coming soon!
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Old 06-16-2017, 12:26 PM   #15
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Haha! Good lord, to this day, it still amazes me how car guys do it. 3k for a brembo bbk is considered cheap but I mean 3k is still a lot of money lol
And here you are talking about dropping more cash into it! How does one justify that?! But thanks for the great info. I'm most likely going to be making the same purchase front and rear


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Old 06-16-2017, 12:40 PM   #16
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Considering the brembo 8 pot kit is around 8k, 3 is a steal. But when all said and done my m3 will have over 80k in upgrades alone. But also shooting for 4 figure hp
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Considering the brembo 8 pot kit is around 8k, 3 is a steal. But when all said and done my m3 will have over 80k in upgrades alone. But also shooting for 4 figure hp
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