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E21 323 brake caliper shortage

Post by smudger7 » Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:36 am

Hope somebody can assist but my car is off the road whilst we try to locate replacement calipers as the originals are past saving.

We have been unable to find new or old ones suitable to get refurbished so what other options are there?

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Re: E21 323 brake caliper shortage

Post by Jeroen » Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:07 pm

Bigg Red for example, see parts suppliers list http://www.bmwe21.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=5185
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Re: E21 323 brake caliper shortage

Post by smudger7 » Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:39 pm

Many thanks I will call them tomorrow but think my garage has tried all the normal suppliers already, I am meeting them this week to see about an alternative brake set up otherwise another year lost without driving my car.

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Re: E21 323 brake caliper shortage

Post by uwbuurman » Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:20 am

Front or rears? If front ones are the problem, you can source some good otherones, since the only difference is the spacer in between dor the 323i. Get a good rebuildkit and you"ll get the rubber o-rings aswell for the spacers. The spacers from the old front calipers are almost certainly ok.

For the rear you might want to consider converting to e30 rear calipers. Use the same brakedisc, but all you need to do is drill out the threath inside the holes and grind off a few mm of the useless material between the holes. Oh, and change the last flex hose on the rear axle to e30 ones. Here is a topic, in Dutch, but the pics say it all
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Re: E21 323 brake caliper shortage

Post by Jeroen » Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:53 am

And what parts are beyond repair exactly? Pistons can be re used from other Girling or Até calipers (depending on what brand you have).
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Re: E21 323 brake caliper shortage

Post by smudger7 » Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:58 am

Thanks guys, my specialist BMW garage (recommended on here) removed and sent them to brake specialist and the word was they all 4 were beyond repair.

Will find out more when I meet them later this week and report back.

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Re: E21 323 brake caliper shortage

Post by e21Keith » Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:26 pm

Here's a front O/S from a 320, just needs the spacer from your old caliper:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-e21-320- ... ctupt=true

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