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Old 01-21-2011, 07:20 AM   #41
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Wow, I had almost given up on this :p

Keep us posted =)
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Old 01-21-2011, 07:36 AM   #42
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Without any unforeseen events, it should be ready this Sunday. I know it took me a while but I knew that if I did this project before I'd bin my almost new brakes for this setup because that's what happened with the front conversion.
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Old 01-21-2011, 12:53 PM   #43
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Just finished the second set of pads, tomorrow is test fitting day

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Old 01-23-2011, 04:11 PM   #44
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Wow, I had almost given up on this :p

Keep us posted =)
It's done, and it WORKS! I adjusted the brakes using the adjustment screw while I had the rotor only on, so I could "feel" when it would start touching the inner drum. I had a really hard time bending/cutting the dust shield but once I'll do the bearings I'll get a proper one as well.

Another question, is it "normal" for the half shafts to rotate a bit? around 10-15mm back/forth. I am not talking in/out of diff movement, but actual rotation.
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Old 01-24-2011, 12:59 AM   #45
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Final pics of the conversion

Car on jack stands





2x 16mm bolts removed and caliper slides out of rotor




Handbrake assembly.






Disassembling the handbrake mechanism




Test fitting the new shoes!!










After test fitting, all that was left to be done was to fully weld the shoes, paint them and install them just like any other handbrake diy







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Old 01-24-2011, 02:58 AM   #46
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great work

youre right, it does look a little odd without the dust shield
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Old 01-24-2011, 03:10 AM   #47
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You have done a really great job...
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Old 01-27-2011, 12:14 AM   #48
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great work

youre right, it does look a little odd without the dust shield
The 330 dust shield will not bolt to the 320 assembly from what I gather so I decided to make a custom dust shield. Shouldn't be too hard, I'll take a sheet of metal, cut it and bend it. Then I'll just spot weld it on the existing shield

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You have done a really great job...
Thanks!!!!!

Total costs:
OEM Rear 330 brake disks from ebay: $80
Zinc coated rear disks from local shop: $90
Reconditioning of calipers: $45
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Old 01-27-2011, 04:29 AM   #49
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have you modified the front disks from a 330 as well? is there any difference in the master breake pump? waht is the feeling with the new disks - are there any difference in the handling of the car?
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Yes I also got the 330 front brake setup, which is straightforward and no modifications required. I haven't noticed any difference at all (brake cylinder remains stock), apart from the fact that the brakes do not fade that easily/fast anymore with the larger rotors.
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Old 01-27-2011, 05:20 AM   #51
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ok! and have you driven your car only with front disks from 330? (the rear remain the stock ones) i want to make this swap- but only for the front wheels. i am bothering if i the the brake balance will remain the same
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Old 01-27-2011, 05:25 AM   #52
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This applies to me and my 318. Although I dunno why I would need bigger brakes. Better brakes wouldn't hurt though. Good job. Subscribed.
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Old 01-27-2011, 05:59 AM   #53
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ok! and have you driven your car only with front disks from 330? (the rear remain the stock ones) i want to make this swap- but only for the front wheels. i am bothering if i the the brake balance will remain the same
I was driving like that for a year or so, no problems at all. It's not like you installed 8-piston BBK in the front and left the rear stock

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This applies to me and my 318. Although I dunno why I would need bigger brakes. Better brakes wouldn't hurt though. Good job. Subscribed.
Yes, our cars share the same braking system, so for you as well 11.5 mm is the magic number
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:21 AM   #54
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Thread bump with rear 330 dust plates modded to fit as well and PBR pads installed:


Also due to stupid imageshack disabling the pictures, I'm attaching the whole DIY as PDF in case somebody wants to re-view it.
Complete 330 Rear Conversion DIY
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Old 11-23-2011, 02:08 PM   #55
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Any chance you are taking orders for this conversion? I have already upgraded the front and have purchased everything but the parking brake components for the rear on my car.

Do you know how much of a difference there is between a 320i and a 325i parking brake set up and size?

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Old 03-13-2012, 07:05 PM   #56
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Thread bump with rear 330 dust plates modded to fit as well and PBR pads installed:


Also due to stupid imageshack disabling the pictures, I'm attaching the whole DIY as PDF in case somebody wants to re-view it.
Complete 330 Rear Conversion DIY
Hi Paris,

I would have some questions concerning your setup.

What did you do while modding the 330 dust plates to fit your trailing arms?

Since you modded the 330 dust plates to bolt them properling to trailing arm, and since parking brake shoes are attached to dust plates, I think all you need is just 330 adjusting screws to have a correct setup for parking brake?

And no need to weld anything in this case.

Am I right? Or wrong?
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Old 03-14-2012, 06:43 AM   #57
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I cut around 2" of the 320 dust plate to remove the outer section that bends outwards to cover the rotor perimeter and also cut the 330 dust shield a bit more, so basically creating an "extension" of the 320 cover. The 330 piece is welded on the existing 320 shield
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I cut around 2" of the 320 dust plate to remove the outer section that bends outwards to cover the rotor perimeter and also cut the 330 dust shield a bit more, so basically creating an "extension" of the 320 cover. The 330 piece is welded on the existing 320 shield
Ok, I just noticed that this was discribed in your PDF...

But is there a way to bolt the 330 cover on 320 trailing arm or the inner diameter of 330 cover is too large for that?

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Old 03-14-2012, 03:55 PM   #59
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Won't fit. The diameter is off and so are the punched holes for the handbrake mechanism. Plates are cheap, $10 each so when it's time to take everything apart i.e. replace a bearing, I might just put a used 330 section. This mod was done this way mainly for fun and financial reasons.
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