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E90/E92 M3  (2008-2011)

 

 

 

Why Upgrade your Brakes?

Big brakes give your car greater resistance to fade by absorbing and shedding heat more efficiently.  Racers upgrade because stock brakes were designed for a single stop from high speed, not repeated slow-downs with little time in between to cool off.  For fade resistance, size really does matter.  On the street, fixed-mount, multi-piston calipers give a firmer pedal and quicker reaction time in panic stops.  As little as 0.2 second reduction in reaction time can translate into 21 feet of stopping distance at 70 mph.  Reaction time is not as important to racers who can compensate by braking earlier.  But on the street, in an unexpected stop, quicker reaction time can save your life.  You don't need to be a racer to benefit from brake upgrades.

If you track or autocross your car regularly, your stock brakes are probably not up to the task.  You can start off with better brake fluid, more aggressive brake pads, cooling ducts, and stainless braided brake lines.  But as you progress from novice to intermediate skill level and beyond, carrying more speed into the braking zones, your track events will become characterized by boiling brake fluid, sinking brake pedal, and pad fade.  Losing confidence in your brakes takes the fun out of a track event.  Big brake upgrades allow you to dive deeper into the braking zone and brake harder than you ever thought possible.

 

Big Brake Kits

StopTech big brake kits are designed for each vehicle with optimum front-to-rear brake torque balance, resulting in the shortest possible stopping distance of any aftermarket brake upgrade and total compatibility with ABS and electronic stability control.  Fixed-mount, multi-piston calipers produce a firmer pedal feel and quicker reaction time than stock brakes in panic stops.  Every StopTech application is track tested and fine-tuned as part of the development process.  StopTech is the only major big brake kit manufacturer to use application-specific caliper piston sizing.  See: Track testing write-up

StopTech big brake kits are available with red or black calipers standard.  Silver, gold, blue or yellow calipers are available at no additional cost and add about 30 days to the delivery date.  Slotted or drilled rotors are available.  Drilled rotors are recommended for the street, while slotted rotors may be used for street or racing.  For vehicles driven where salt or chemicals are used to melt snow and ice, optional zinc plated rotors are recommended.  Add $100 to the price of any kit for zinc plating.

StopTech's ultra-high end Trophy Sport and Trophy Race brake systems are now available.  20% lighter calipers and extreme heat resistant natural anodized finish for heavy racing applications.  Click here for our Trophy brakes announcement in our latest magazine ad.

Will your wheels clear a StopTech big brake kit?  Click here for a comprehensive set of wheel fitment templates and instructions for using them.

Click Here for Replacement parts for your StopTech big brake kit

To purchase a StopTech brake kit on-line, click here: and enter the part number into the Product Finder, or simply click on your make, model, and year car for a complete listing.  Or feel free to call us at (800)222-8893 x1 for help selecting the proper big brake kit for your needs.

 

Front 15" brake kit with ST-60 6-piston calipers, floating 380x35mm AeroRotors, stainless steel braided brake lines, and high performance street pads

Fits under the optional 19x8.5" Style 220M wheels

$3395

83-160-6D00

Front 14" Heavy Duty brake kit with ST-40 4-piston calipers, floating 355x35mm AeroRotors, stainless steel braided brake lines, and high performance street pads

Fits under the stock 18" wheels

$2795

83-160-4C00

Rear 14" brake kit with ST-40 4-piston calipers, floating 355x32mm AeroRotors, stainless steel braided brake lines, and high performance street pads

Fits under the stock 18" wheels

$2595

83-160-0047

Front 15" Trophy Sport brake kit with ST-60 6-piston lightweight calipers, floating 380x35mm AeroRotors, stainless steel braided brake lines, and high performance street pads.  Calipers and hats are natural anodized finish for extreme heat resistance.  Dust boots included for street use.

Fits under the optional 19x8.5" Style 220M wheels

$4145

83-160-6D00-R1

Front 14" Trophy Sport brake kit with ST-40 4-piston lightweight calipers, floating 355x35mm AeroRotors, stainless steel braided brake lines, and high performance street pads.  Calipers and hats are natural anodized finish for extreme heat resistance.  Dust boots included for street use.

Fits under the stock 18" wheels

$3545

83-160-4C00-R1

Rear 14" Trophy Sport brake kit with ST-40 4-piston lightweight calipers, floating 355x32mm AeroRotors, stainless steel braided brake lines, and high performance street pads.  Calipers and hats are natural anodized finish for extreme heat resistance.  Dust boots included for street use.

Fits under the stock 18" wheels

$3345

83-160-0047-R1

 

Stainless Steel Braided Brake Lines

Improve pedal feel by replacing stock rubber lines with StopTech stainless steel braided Teflon lines.  Stock lines expand under pressure, contributing to spongy pedal feel.  StopTech lines reduce pedal travel and firm up pedal feel, allowing precise brake modulation.  Useful for drivers who "heel-toe" downshift, providing a more stable platform from which to modulate the throttle to match engine revs to transmission speed.

StopTech lines are covered with stainless steel weave to provide support and protect from abrasion and impact.  The stainless braid is molded inside a layer of clear plastic to protect the lines from the environment and to protect your car's suspension and delicate sensor wires from the "hacksaw effect" possible with uncoated steel braided brake lines.  These lines are DOT compliant and may be legally used on the highway, unlike lines sold for "off-road use only."  StopTech lines have been tested and approved by the TUV for sale in Germany.

100 percent tested!  Every StopTech line is tested at 4,500 psi before it is packed and shipped.  Most manufacturers perform no pressure testing.  Some test random samples from their assembly line or test to lower pressures.  No other company tests every single brake line.

When installing a front big brake kit, Zeckhausen Racing recommends upgrading your rear brake lines.  4-wheel big brake kits come with front and rear steel braided lines, so no additional purchase is necessary.

Each brake line kit includes parts for both sides of your vehicle.  To order, click here: and locate your vehicle along the left side of the store page.  Or, feel free to call us at (800)222-8893 x1 for help selecting the proper parts.

Front stainless lines for stock brakes

Rear stainless lines for stock brakes (2-line kit, outer only)

F-$45

R-$45

950.34019

950.34527

 

High-Performance Brake Pads

Instructions for bedding in new brake pads

To order pads, click here: and then locate your vehicle along the left side of the on-line store page.  Or, feel free to call us at (800)222-8893 x1 for help selecting the proper parts. 

(Click here to order brake fluid!)

StopTech Street Performance brake pads offer an unusual combination of good bite, low noise, and extremely wide temperature range, making them ideal as "dual use" street to medium track pads. Included with StopTech big brake kits and available for most OEM calipers.  Zeckhausen Racing's preferred high performance street pads for aggressive drivers.

F-$107

R-$84

63-309-0918

63-309-0919

Centric Posi Quiet Ceramic pads offer extremely long pad life and very low dust, keeping wheels cleaner than most other pads.  Quiet and rotor friendly.  Excellent friction level for improved pedal feel, making it an appropriate choice for performance cars.  Composite shims on every pad help prevent low-speed brake squeal.  Stop washing brake dust off your wheels every few days!

F-$72

R-$75

63-105-0918

63-105-0919

Centric Posi Quiet Semi-Metallic pads offer a high friction level across a wide temperature range. Very low dust, low noise w/OE designed composite shims to reduce pad vibration and squeal.  Easy on rotors.  Better performance than typical low-dust pads.  Give up the dust without giving up the performance.

F-$56

R-$85

63-104-0918

63-104-0919

Hawk HPS high performance street pads have low dust, low noise, and low rotor wear.  Slightly higher in friction level than Hawk Ceramic pads with a similar MOT of around 750 degrees F.  Not recommended for track use, as their friction level falls off rapidly when the MOT is exceeded.

F-$119

R-$114

63-410-0918

63-410-0919

Hawk Performance Ceramic street pads have extremely low dust, low noise, and low rotor wear.  These represent the latest technology in street friction.  Not for track use.

F-$127

R-$121

63-443-0918

63-443-0919

Hawk HP PLUS high performance street pads have moderate dust, moderate rotor wear, very high initial bite and a Maximum Operating Temperature (MOT) slightly higher than Hawk HPS.  They tend to be noisy, often squealing under light braking, although proper bedding can help.  Ideal for autocross and may be used for track days on lower horsepower cars.  Not recommended for heavy track use, as friction level falls off rapidly when MOT is exceeded.

F-$209

R-$145

63-420-0918

63-420-0919

Ferodo DS2500 Club Race pads can be used on the street and for light to medium track duty.  Good cold bite, but can be noisy.  Proper bedding can help reduce this noise.  Less compressible than other pads, giving it excellent pedal feel and good modulation.  The average friction level of about 0.50 remains constant at any speed and at temperatures up to 1,000 degrees F, after which it falls off slowly.  Frequently used in the rear in conjunction with Ferodo DS3000 in front.

F-$159

R-$155

63-360-0918

63-360-0919

PFC 11 Race pads were developed from the legendary PFC 01 compound, with improvements to bite, modulation, and release characteristics.  Very high average torque output, rising over its operating temperature range, and a MOT of 2000 degrees F.  Excellent bite, low rotor wear, and average pad wear.  For most applications, these replace the 01 compound.

F-$289

R-$215

63-661-0918

63-661-0919

PFC 08 Race pads have smooth initial bite, with torque rising slightly over its operating temperature range, and a MOT of 2000 degrees F. Very low rotor wear, and the best pad wear of any PFC race compound. Ideal for endurance racing.

F-$262

R-$223

63-680-0918

63-680-0919

Hawk DTC-70 is the most serious member of the "Dynamic Torque Control" race pad family, with an average level of friction among the highest available and an incredibly linear pressure to torque relationship. The result gives the driver an unparalleled ability to modulate brake torque at the limit of tire adhesion, while keeping pedal effort low.  Relatively low rotor and pad wear for such an aggressive pad.

F-$219

R-$209

63-480-0918

63-480-0919

 

Performance and Winter Tires

Besides brakes, tires are the most important component in determining stopping distance.  It's literally where the rubber meets the road.  Selecting the right tire for your driving conditions can make a tremendous difference.  For example, if you live in Florida or southern California and are driving on all-season tires, you are leaving huge performance gains on the table!  A good set of summer-only performance tires can literally transform the handling and braking capabilities of your car.  In fact, if your goal is to minimize stopping distance, you're better off going to Tire Rack's web site and buying tires first, before spending any money here on better brakes!

For the best selection and prices, we recommend Tire Rack.  From Maximum Performance tires to All Season tires to Snow Tires, Tire Rack has it all.  Tire Rack also offers wheel and tire packages and can even tell you which wheels will clear your StopTech big brake upgrade.  Click the Tire Rack icon below for your best deal on wheels and tires. 

For wheel fitment information for cars equipped with StopTech or other big brake kits, contact Luke Pavlick at (888)541-1777 x362.

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