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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 1st, 2019, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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R53 > R56 Front Brake Upgrade

I know this is a well known & popular mod, but just thought I'd share my views on it after upgrading to the R56 front set up this weekend.

WHAT a difference it makes !

I was going to do it later in the year (B'day present to myself!) but a caliper seized on me last week.

Pretty straightforward to do - although where the O/S got so hot the disc screw wouldn't undo so ended up having to chisel it out...

After reading some reviews on various sites in regards to parts, the set up I went for was:

Late R56 Calipers (used, but checked & replaced piston seals)
Brembo Grooved & Drilled Discs
EBC Ultimax2 Pads
R56 Braided Hoses
Dot 5.1 Brake Fluid

I don't track the car or drive stupidly (spirited at times maybe... ) & found it spot on for my needs.

Cost was around 230 & in my view, well worth it


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+ R56 'S caliper carriers.

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I managed to get the caliper and carriers complete in a deal - apologies if wasn't clear.
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would it be possible for you to share some URLs of places where you found details about the mods? I live in a country with a handful of R53 so not much knowledge is here around...
Also, can you show some pics?
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would it be possible for you to share some URLs of places where you found details about the mods? I live in a country with a handful of R53 so not much knowledge is here around...
Also, can you show some pics?
Have a read of my thread on this conversion. No links, but part numbers and so on.
https://www.mini2.com/forum/first-ge...e-options.html

If you contact Jonathan (Jonny) English at https://www.modamini.co.uk/ he can help.
He does the R56 kit for very reasonablr money. You won't get it cheaper punting around on the interwobbler.
I'm sure he'll post to UAE.
He can do the discs and pads as well or you can choose and buy your own seperately.

And one last thing ....... this is a very general forum for all New MINIs.
Suggest you get yorself onto the R53 Owners Club on Facebook. Currently up to 5,865 members. All with R53s. So not hard to deduce it is a bit more focussed than this.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/154538898666141/
Jonny is on there if you want to PM him.
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Some pics of my R56s.
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