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My check pads light came on and I will need front pads soon, but my 04 with a dealer JCW kit has unpainted calipers that are embossed BMW and the number 811 on the left one and 812 on the right one. I suspect these are not JCW calipers. Can anyone verify if I need JCW pads or normal Cooper S pads?
 

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You may have sorted this by now.
If not - can you post a pic from the hub face side of the calipers please.
I'm pretty sure all the JCW 294mm front calipers/carriers where always red.
The standard R53 fronts have the large anti rattle spring on the outside, the JCW calipers don't
R53 Caliper Standard with Spring 01.jpg
JCW New Steve 02.jpeg
 

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I am pretty sure you can use R56 Cooper S parts to upgrade a R53 and the only difference is the R56 calipers aren't red. The large anti rattle spring on the outside is decisive afaik.

You may have sorted this by now.
If not - can you post a pic from the hub face side of the calipers please.
I'm pretty sure all the JCW 294mm front calipers/carriers where always red.
The standard R53 fronts have the large anti rattle spring on the outside, the JCW calipers don't View attachment 277754 View attachment 277755
 
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