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post #1 of 12 Old Jul 2nd, 2015, 5:43 pm Thread Starter
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New EBC rear disc

Is this new drilled rotor by EBC worth the upgrade or wise to keep the stock rotor with small wear and just install new brake pads? Thanks, John

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post #2 of 12 Old Jul 2nd, 2015, 7:23 pm
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If it ain't broke, don't fix it! The only reason to change it out is if it has the famous cowbell clanging going on, or if it's really worn. I have an EBC now, as it's cheaper, but probably not the quality steel that BMW uses. I just replaced the rear pads today, and I only use BMW, they cost more but seem to work better than all the others I've tried.

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Actually it is harder material than the stock one. I wore two of those out and have put over 50 K on the USED EBC I got and very little wear compared to stock and no clang or squeal.
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I've put an EBC rear rotor on all three of my LTs. In my opinion it is far superior to the non-drilled BMW rotor. I get better stopping wet or dry, seem to be better pad wear and like John I don't have to listen to the squeal.
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Thanks much for the input! This is such an amazing resource for us LT owners!!!
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How difficult is it to get the rotor disk bolts out?

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How difficult is it to get the rotor disk bolts out?

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I used a Mapp Gas torch to heat them up and melt the locktite and they came right out. Others have had problems but they are pretty easy to drill off. You get new screws with the EBC disk so you only need the ring off of the old disk.

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Definitely use some heat. Even the latent heat of a spirited ride should be enough to soften the loctite. Go slowly on the losening and keep the Allen bit straight. I have done a couple dozen and only had to drill one out. Just remember the bolts only hold the rotor on while the wheel is off. So even if you bugger one - one is enough to hold it on.

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Put the EBC on about a thousands miles ago. Bike is much quiter without the clanging and banging. I used the Mapp gas too for the bolts and the ABS ring. Easy Peasy with some heat!

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Did mine a couple of years ago and used a standard propane torch.

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Actually it is harder material than the stock one. I wore two of those out and have put over 50 K on the USED EBC I got and very little wear compared to stock and no clang or squeal.
John is right, the metal on stock BMW rotors is soft, to soft. I had one put on under warranty for the ten bolt to five bolt rotor re-call to cure the braking squeal. The metal on the surface of the rotor actually pills up in little balls on the surface of the rotor(see Imgur pics). I have to take my roto zip every now and then and grind them off as they will grow bigger and ruin the pads. I showed the pics to the BMW dealer who showed the pics to BMW rep and of course he said it was the non OEM brake pads. Well, stupid rep, they were your OEM pads. Then he said he would look into it and get back to the dealer and that never happened. The dealer was good and ordered a new rotor and pads because he new BMW was a dead end , no cost to me and that new one does the same thing so I just deal with it until time for a new EBC rotor. On the five pics of the rotor you will see on the first pic it shows up real clear, the other pics you have to look close to see the small dots which is the metal building up. I tried to tap them with screw driver to see if they would pop off but the are fused to the surface of the rotor

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Thanks to all. I did replace the stock rotor with an EBC and am happy with it. I used map gas and the first bolt came out easy. The second was a struggle. It stripped quickly. I used a Dremel to grind a straight line in the head. Then I used a large flat head screw driver and an adjustable wrench on the screw drivers square shaft to break it loose. I re used it with Loctite and ordered 2 new ones for future just to have on hand.
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