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E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series E60 Sedan was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E61 wagon followed shortly there after. The E60/E61 5 series is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 06-11-2015, 09:13 PM
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Bmw e60 535i brake rotors

Hi guys I'm indecisive on which break rotors to buy...

I have two choices, R1 concepts eline series drilled hold rotors for $327 on eBay or Zimmerman blank discs from advance auto parts for $285 (my friend is giving me his employee discount.

I have had three 5 series thus far and I've managed to warp the brakes on all three... Yes I break a lot and do a lot of hard breaking as well :/

I'm gonna be using brembos premium ceramic red brake pads.

The reason I wanted the drilled rotors is because I have some black Niche Targa 19x9 and 19x10.5 wheels and I know it will make my car stand out with the m5 tech kit and quad tips.

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Old 06-11-2015, 09:15 PM
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My car is a daily driver. I do speed a lot... A lot. So good breaking is a necessity.
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Old 06-12-2015, 08:28 PM
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If Zimmermans are considered OEM German rotors, they hardly feel like an upgrade, don't you think? I would probably go for the R1 concepts, but I have no experience from either brand, only Brembo and Stoptech, which I had in a 2004 Maxima and worked great.
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Old 06-12-2015, 11:50 PM
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The R1 are same as stop techs and centric that I've seen being sold on tire rack etc
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Old 06-13-2015, 05:39 AM
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Then my vote is definitely for R1, let's see what others think.
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Old 06-13-2015, 05:41 AM
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Yup i got R1's, i've had them for over two years and im very happy with them got them straight from R1 concept.
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Old 06-13-2015, 01:20 PM
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Yup i got R1's, i've had them for over two years and im very happy with them got them straight from R1 concept.

Do you have the drilled premiums?
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Old 06-13-2015, 01:39 PM
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Do you have the drilled premiums?
Yes i have R1 Premier Series - Cross Drilled And Slotted Rotors
the only thing is they are made with a little darker material than OEM but other than that perfect i like them no complaints.
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Old 06-13-2015, 01:46 PM
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Perfect! Thank you I just needed someone to help me decide and I think you saying you've used them for two years just did that! Thanks a bunch I think I'll pull the trigger on the drilled set!
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Old 06-13-2015, 01:47 PM
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One last question did you get them for less than $402 like eBay ones are?
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Old 06-13-2015, 02:15 PM
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I'm skeptical of buying BMW parts on ebay. The only guarantee there is that a part isn't a fake is buying it from a known reputable source.

Direct from R1 is $465/set.
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Old 06-13-2015, 02:37 PM
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I can't remember how much i payed for them but i got them directly from R1, i try not to buy anything from Ebay a specially something like Rotors i signed up and the sent me a discount 20% i still have some in my email if i find them i will PM you but thats if i find them
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Old 06-15-2015, 07:25 PM
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I have Zimmerman and brembo pads. Works well. No complaints or problems as a daily driver. I don't have any experience with the other brands. Best of luck.
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Old 06-19-2015, 08:01 PM
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I received the r1 premier rotors today! Will let you guys know how they work with the brembo pads
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Any update on your install? I have been running R1's for 4 years. I have a little shutter again and since you can turn these rotors I will be getting another set. I like the way they look and perform. I have been using Hawk HPS pads.
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Old 08-12-2015, 10:40 AM
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Any update on your install? I have been running R1's for 4 years. I have a little shutter again and since you can turn these rotors I will be getting another set. I like the way they look and perform. I have been using Hawk HPS pads.

I am absolutely loving these brakes and brembo combination. The pads did take about 10 days to get a good bite but now it's smooth sailing. I don't expect any of my brakes to last 4years haha but if these last me a year and a half, I won't complain.

I'll post a picture later, they do look a little ugly. May be I just need to give the surface more time to look better. I've only had them for three weeks.
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Old 08-12-2015, 11:03 AM
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Has anyone tried the ECS cross drilled rotors, the ones with the special anti corrosion coating?
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Old 08-12-2015, 11:16 AM
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Has anyone tried the ECS cross drilled rotors, the ones with the special anti corrosion coating?

Yes I did on my e60 528i with Hawk sport pads and absolutely hated the rotors.
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Old 08-12-2015, 11:49 AM
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Yes I did on my e60 528i with Hawk sport pads and absolutely hated the rotors.
What was the problem? What did you replace them with?
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Sorry to hear that alisaeed03, typically the only feedback we get on them from customers ist they love them. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to assist.

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What was the problem? What did you replace them with?

The discs did not cool well, you could feel them loosing bite just on daily driving. Mine were slotted and would give me vibrations in the steering. I got them checked at two places but couldn't do anything about the shakes.

I didn't keep the car long enough to replace them.
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Old 08-13-2015, 09:45 AM
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The discs did not cool well, you could feel them loosing bite just on daily driving. Mine were slotted and would give me vibrations in the steering. I got them checked at two places but couldn't do anything about the shakes.

I didn't keep the car long enough to replace them.
Thanks for sharing. I'm actually considering those, cross drilled, for my wagon. Seems like the coating will come handy in the salty winters in Chicago.
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