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Old 09-17-2009, 03:43 PM   #21
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I have been searching for hours for a good parking brake (or e-brake) DIY and nothing.. Can't believe nobody has a picture-based DIY. I need to see the connectors of the parking shoes to the brake mechanism. Best I could find is this..:
Has anybody got better/more detailed pictures?
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Old 09-17-2009, 03:45 PM   #22
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Paraklas PM me I got the Specs on the rotors and etc. IDK what you are asking for but I do have access to 330i and 325i Bimmer.

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Old 09-17-2009, 04:47 PM   #23
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http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...68&hg=34&fg=30

not sure what you mean by connectors on the parking shoes? the shoes attach to the dustshield by those lock "screws"
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Old 09-28-2009, 07:13 AM   #24
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Today I got the rear parking shoes. Manufactured by Meyle. It seems that the shoe part is spot welded on the bracket I want to manufacture. Which makes life much easier, as I will just create a bracket that will fit the 320 handbrake assembly and just weld the rest shoe on it.



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Old 09-28-2009, 01:17 PM   #25
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After some careful measurements, Tim is 100% correct. 184.5mm is the internal drum diameter of a 330 rotor. The 330 shoe is almost identical with the 320 one, so I think I will weld a piece of metal to the 330 shoe and grind until I get the correct size. Then I'll make the CAD prototype and sell it here
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Old 09-28-2009, 02:11 PM   #26
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Old 09-29-2009, 06:13 AM   #27
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Good stuff!

I'm not sure if this is still helpful to you, but here's a good DIY for the e-brake pad replacement. It's for the E36 but probably no different from E46:
http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/tech...Brake-Shoe.htm
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Old 09-29-2009, 09:14 AM   #28
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Thanks for the link. Anything is useful as I won't have to take my car apart to find out how the handbrakes move/work. Soon I will start the design of the new shoe. So, something else, what E46 has the same rear setup as the 320? That is rotor dimensions (thickness/diameter/ventilated)
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Old 09-30-2009, 02:20 AM   #29
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According to realOEM, the following cars have the same rear brakes:

E36 323i (all)
E36 328i (all)

E46 316i (all)
E46 318i (all)
E46 320i (all)
E46 323i (coupe & sedan only)

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/partxref.do?part=34211165211
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Old 09-30-2009, 04:48 PM   #30
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The 320 brake shoe. I'll cut the shoe out so that I'll be left with the bracket, which will be welded on the 330 shoe for now


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Old 02-17-2010, 04:04 AM   #31
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And the project keeps on progressing. This is the last "design" pic to upload as the next ones are with measurements etc. Next phase includes actual metal work on the pads to create the new version. I'll update this thread once more work is completed. Side note, rear calipers have been reconditioned with new seals and painted and are ready for installation.

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Old 02-22-2010, 08:31 AM   #32
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I'm happy to see you're still working on this!

I already spent my brake upgrade budget on suspension in the meantime, but I'll still buy one or two pairs off you when you get this done, just in case ;-)
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Old 02-26-2010, 12:03 PM   #33
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Would like to put in my 2 cents.. Just came across your posting and the answer is YES it will work. I did it to my E46 323ci last year and it's still holding on strong and I love it. Picture in the future to be posted..
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Old 01-18-2011, 12:38 PM   #34
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^Pictures?????

Thread revival!!! 330 Zimmermann Zinc coated rear disks arrived today. I also noticed that my rear brakes are almost done so I will need to finish this project the soonest.

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The original 330 brake shoes are going to have a sheet metal 4mm welded on them to extend them inwards so that I can modify them to fit the 320 etc brake assembly. Hopefully they will work
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Old 01-18-2011, 02:01 PM   #35
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Old 01-19-2011, 03:42 AM   #36
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Courtesy of pelican parts, a picture of the handbrake components


This week I will take the shoes to have them extended by 12mm, 1mm more than needed so that I can grind them to exact size later on. I hope to be a fit on first attempt
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Old 01-19-2011, 12:10 PM   #37
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Today I used some metal to secure both pads together so that I can take measurements and mark the area to be cut without having to take the whole disk with me each time. Much easier. I verified one more time that the pads must extend by 11mm to reach the desired dimensions.











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Old 01-20-2011, 01:22 PM   #38
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Paraklas you are doing a terrific work...


I have found this topic in another E46 forum about this subject:

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...=420944&page=3


And this link with some images of a similar work with yours:

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...=420944&page=3

I hope it helps, i am studying the solutions to install the rear E46 330 brakes myself in my E46 320td Compact.
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Old 01-20-2011, 02:19 PM   #39
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Thanks!!!!

Well, I'd guess your 320td has the same brakes as mine, check on realoem, if yes then all you need is a good grinder and welder!

Today, we did the 1 wheel, a very good friend did most of the work as he's experienced with welding. Spot welded the extensions in place and the measurements are spot on. Over the weekend I will test fit them and if 100% ok, we will fully weld the brakes. Will do a rust prevent coating as well.

MORE PICTURES with the progress!!!

Removing the braking plate from OEM 320 shoes






Marking the area to be cut on the 330 shoe




Test fitting




Voila! (Almost) Finished!! I'm very excited right now








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Old 01-20-2011, 04:49 PM   #40
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I have seen it now in the Realoem and mine i think they are different than yours:

294x19mm - E46 320td Compact (http://www.realoem.com/bmw/partxref.do?part=34211165563)

276x19mm - E46 320ci (http://www.realoem.com/bmw/partxref....211&showeur=on)


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