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Old 05-17-2017, 02:38 PM   #1
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Remanufactured brake calipers

I need to get new/refurbished brake calipers, as my current ones are too rusty and pitted to clean up myself. There are several brands available including NuGeon, SBS, WBR, Autozone Duralast and Centric (and of course the new BMW OEM ones $$$). Anyway, are they all just remanufactured/refurbished original BMW calipers? Or do they have their own brand they are refurbishing (they are all different prices)? Any suggestions on which brand to get if they aren't just BMW ones? Thanks
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Old 05-17-2017, 03:05 PM   #2
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they're all BMW stuff just redone by diff goons. diff sticker thrown on it. Buy any. buy autozone.
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Old 05-17-2017, 04:05 PM   #3
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In my experience the nugeon, WBR and centric's are decent. All of them use crappy piston seals and guide bushings either way though. They dry up with high heat...

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Old 05-17-2017, 04:18 PM   #4
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Old 05-17-2017, 04:27 PM   #5
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Bought a set of reman. calipers from Rockauto as well. They're decent, except they rust quickly compared to stocks. You'll have to spray them with some caliper paint if you want to avoid that.
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Old 05-17-2017, 05:39 PM   #6
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It's been 15 years since I worked in the corp office of an aftermarket replacement parts company (Big A Auto Parts). There is a difference between remanufacturers, but quite often it's small. There are a few I thought were generally of consistently good quality. For brakes it was A1 Cardone and Wagner. I don't know any of the others that have been discussed thus far (other than Duralast, which we didn't carry back then).

I've used Wagner remans for brakes before and so have several of my friends. We used to buy a brake upgrade for the Sentra SE-R from Wagner. I even liked their OEM replacement pads back then (but haven't used them in a LONG time).
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Old 05-17-2017, 06:46 PM   #7
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I've had Centric reman front calipers on my car for 3 years. No problems thus far.
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Old 05-17-2017, 07:37 PM   #8
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I took my original calipers off front & rear and had them done at a place here locally King Kaliper, very reasonable so maybe you can find someone locally if you want to keep the BMW OEM. Just my opinion !
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I think the concensus is that all remans are OEM castings and pistons with aftermarket seals. But is there agreement on best seals?

I'm considering rebuilding my own but am still researching seal brands.
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ATE seals: for the 330 I could only find them in a BMW bag.

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Guys... OEM is not original BMW! It irks me every time... I'm not blaming you guys, probably just oblivious to the minor differences in the terms:

http://www.ebay.com/gds/OE-OEM-and-A...6398251/g.html
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Dude, you realize that BMW did not manufacture the castings, pistons, and seals, right?
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Dude, you realize that BMW did not manufacture the castings, pistons, and seals, right?
YES but the terminology is constantly mixed up. YES BMW did use other manufacturers to produce their calipers etc but they do come branded BMW if you purchase them brand new from the dealer. Having said that, all of the calipers that are in circulation are essentially OE just using OEM parts to rebuild them.

The distinction here is that if its OE, its comes from your local BMW dealer or whichever place you shop at to receive genuine BMW parts. If its OEM the dealer does not sell it but a retail vendor such as FCP or ECS can sell the aftermarket brands Elring, Corteco etc etc...

I'm not just pointing out your use, everyone makes that mistake... I'm just nitpicking!
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I cannot say all reman caliper castings and pistons are OE, and all seals are OEM. The way I said it seems more accurate, as an OEM manufacturer can make OE and OEM castings and pistons, and any manufacturer can order or make the seals these days.
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When possible go BMW or manufacturer associated with BMW (OEM). Second best choice is professional OE (original equipment) rebuilt with high quality aftermarket seals, etc. You likely can't go wrong with any of the seal kits. I wouldn't overthink it. Just buy from a reputable auto parts retailer. Bam done.
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I bought a full set ( fronts and backs ) of rebuilts from rock auto .....came powder coated with brackets for a fairly reasonable price .
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Old 05-19-2017, 09:45 PM   #17
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Thanks for the info. Ordered some re-manufactured WBR calipers from local Advanced Auto, so I don't have to send cores via mail.
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