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E70 X5 M and E71 X6 M (2010 - 2015)
The BMW X5 M and X6 M are the first xDrive all-wheel-drive vehicles from M GmbH. The M variants offers the same utility as the regular X5 and X6, with the addition of the V8 M TwinPower Turbo, a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 delivering 560 horsepower and 500 lb·ft of torque.

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Old 10-26-2015, 05:29 PM
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Brakes-Calipers let me know your thoughts!!

Hello!

I am a new lucky owner of an X5M. I bought the car basically sight unseen, and this is my first BMW. I jumped in thinking there's no way in the world I would be disappointed based on the research I've done prior. That and I needed an SUV and got a decent deal on a super low mileage 2011.

Anyways, the front calipers are painted what looks like black or charcoal. The rears appear to be just cast or something. Are the front calipers Brembos? There are no decals of any kind.

I think they need to be painted ASAP. What colors are you guys painting calipers. I'd like to do something other than just the typical red or Yellow. Car is a Carbon Black Metallic and has the stock wheels which I think are staying on for a little while. Just need to push them out about 10MM all around right away.

Any thoughts for inspiration?
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Leave 'em black. (You did want opinions.)
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Old 10-26-2015, 06:47 PM
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I did, and I agree there's nothing more appealing than a stock look.

What about decals, it's a shame to have these ginormous calipers painted black and then leave them bare to top it off. I feel like at least a decal of some sort is in order to dress them up a bit.

Do you guys have pics of your set up you can share?

Also, the front and rear rotors look terrible. They're solid and as plain as you can get them. I know brembo has an option as well as a couple other companies but spending that kind of dough is out of the question. There are also several aftermarket companies that make rotors that are vented and cross drilled that are not insanely priced, I just don't know any for this application. What are you guys doing for rotors and pads? Any links would be much appreciated!
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Old 10-27-2015, 06:03 PM
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The front are brembos. Its stamped on the back of them. I'm thinking of getting them painted or powder coated brembo red with the brembo decal and clear coat over it.

As for rotors, good luck trying to find some for the x5m. Adams Rotors makes custom ones but be prepared to spend over $300 per rotor.
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Old 10-27-2015, 08:34 PM
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Hi T!

I looked at Adams and the cost per rotor is about $100 over what the OEM rotors cost.. Unless of course you know something I don't!! In that case, share!

As far as doing yours in red, I love the idea. Just don't pay to have it done. I've done a couple sets and it's super easy. Shoot me a PM and I'll gladly walk you through what I did and how it came out!









The best part is that the stock color is black so no matter what color you do it's super easy to go back to "stock".
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Old 11-01-2015, 07:23 AM
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The stock OE black calipers are brembos?

I'm toying with the idea of painting my calipers silverstone to match the car color and badging them with the M and stripes.

At the cost of rotors I wouldn't change them unless the OE ones are failing ... your looking at more than a grand just for looks with no real gains
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Old 11-05-2015, 12:04 AM
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The stock OE black calipers are brembos?

I'm toying with the idea of painting my calipers silverstone to match the car color and badging them with the M and stripes.

At the cost of rotors I wouldn't change them unless the OE ones are failing ... your looking at more than a grand just for looks with no real gains
Yes the stock front rotors are Brembo. I love the idea of painting them to match the color of your car but also take in consideration your wheel color. IMO Silverstone with yellow calipers would look subtle, super Euro, and super clean. That would be a fresh look, super sporty.

Yeah I gave up on the rotor idea. I spoke to a guy who sells Brembo kits and dude literally talked me out of it. He said that these cars are engineered to perfection out of the box, no reason to spend thousands on rotors, especially when the car is a DD and will never ever see a track. Something nice about the fact that guy was pushing my business away with honest advice. It would be so much better if all vendors had that attitude.
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Yes the stock front rotors are Brembo. I love the idea of painting them to match the color of your car but also take in consideration your wheel color. IMO Silverstone with yellow calipers would look subtle, super Euro, and super clean. That would be a fresh look, super sporty.

Yeah I gave up on the rotor idea. I spoke to a guy who sells Brembo kits and dude literally talked me out of it. He said that these cars are engineered to perfection out of the box, no reason to spend thousands on rotors, especially when the car is a DD and will never ever see a track. Something nice about the fact that guy was pushing my business away with honest advice. It would be so much better if all vendors had that attitude.
I'm still searching for a reasonably priced slotted or drilled rotors for the e70 x5m. I fully realize its just for looks but I believe every ///M car should have it. Hell, the new 2015 x5M do.
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