Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Maricopa, AZ, USA
Re: After market brake lines, Melvin?
I had a similar situation on my RTP, and turned to Speigler for a quick replacement. I was on the phone with them at 9AM AZ time, and they'd made up and shipped a set by that afternoon. If UPS hadn't screwed up, they would've gotten here in time for me to install them over the weekend.
On Spiegler, the front splitter block is a little too large for the OEM bracket - this is a common problem, and Spiegler knows about it, but apparently cannot fix it (they say the part's the only one available for that application, and the manufacturer (not them) can't or won't change the dimension). It's pretty easy to fix, and you'd just have to grind or sand a bit off the offending surface.
The adjustment tool they send to rotate the fittings will give up on you after repeated use, but it's not a heavy-duty affair (made for a few uses only), and this shouldn't leave you stranded on the install.
Last, but not least, some people gripe about the Spiegler lines being too long (particularly, the ones from the splitter block to the front calipers.) They are actually the exact same length as the OEM lines, but a lot less flexible and compressible, due to the SS jacket. I discussed this with their rep, and they said they're also aware of the issue, but BMW is uber-strict about having the brake lines be the -exact- same length as OEM to avoid warranty and liability issues. This was not a show-stopper on the install, and can easily be avoided if you install the banjo fitting first, and -then- contort the splitter block into place (as opposed to vice-versa).
All in all, Spiegler makes a good product, and they're fast to get them to you (BMW kits are not kept on the shelf, and are made-to-order).
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