Poll: E39 Performance Caliper Upgrade
This one item has bothered me for some time. I know there are a lot of people that are perfectly happy with the performance of the OEM brakes on their E39's, but I do believe there is performance to be gained over the OEM single piston setup.
I'm hoping I don't have to rehash the benefits of a multi-piston caliper, but in short:
* Lighter Weight
* Less Heat Retention
* Greater Fade Resistance
* Uniform clamping force
Of course, the limiting factor is always price. We often have to buy a kit that includes new (though larger) rotors, brake lines, brackets, etc. I would love to have the option to just upgrade the calipers to offer a reasonable upgrade in performance.
As an automotive "enthusiast", I know that it's often times more economical to purchase a pre-built kit and not always beneficial to "upgrade" components that "work", but I cannot abide.
To that end...I've began discussions with a vendor that is a supporter of this forum to begin an R&D project.
The goals are simple:
a) Discern what manufactured calipers to use (e.g. Willwood,etc.)
b) Manufacture the appropriate brackets to adapt said calipers.
This post is meant to be a discussion on the topic as well as a poll to see how many enthusiasts would be interested in this upgrade.
All comments are welcome, but please keep things on topic.