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Thread: Brake Upgrade on Z8

  1. #1
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    Brake Upgrade on Z8

    I have just purchased a BMW Z8
    I would like to upgrade the brakes on the car.

    I already have a 380mm Front, 356mm Rear Brake Kit that was on my 2003 BMW M5 (E39)

    Might be a dumb question but because the car shares the same engine etc with the Z8, are there any similarities with the brake kit?

    I can always get custom caliper brackets made within a couple of days but my main question is if the brake rotors for M5 can be installed on the Z8?
    Anyone have information about this?

  2. #2
    I don't know of anyone who has used the M5 brakes, so really have no answer there.

    If you look through these threads you'll see the upgrades that have been done, the Brembo being an especially popular one, and one I did over 30,000 miles with, including several track days, and give it an absolute two thumbs up. That said you do have to go up a rim size to 19's or 20's to fit them.
    Andrew Macpherson

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    I believe the brakes on the Z8 were shared with the e38 7-series armored sedan, so not shared with the e39 M5. I don't think you would be able to use M5 rotors.

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