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Can anyone tell me if Brembo calipers are available for a 2007 LT. I am having some issues with the BMW calipers as fitted and would appreciate any info.....thx
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Whats the problem with the bmw calipers .
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Can anyone tell me if Brembo calipers are available for a 2007 LT. I am having some issues with the BMW calipers as fitted and would appreciate any info.....thx
If you are speaking to the "Brembo" that is embossed on earlier models, yes. Because they are the same thing, they just changed the branding to BMW on the newer bikes.... If you are asking if Brembo makes an aftermarket replacement for the calipers they made for BMW, most likely not as BMW pretty much had their outside vendors swear not to make parts that were available outside of the stealer. As an example J&M made the BC3 comsystem for BMW available on the 03 and older bikes (I think) not until recently were they able to sell parts themselves...

As if we didn't know that BMW is "elitist" enough. They corner the market on BMW OEM parts as well...

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I believe Brembo makes all the brakes for BMW even the ones marked "BMW".

If you want to use an older style caliper they will not fit the fork legs. You will have to change out to pre- 10/2000 fork legs.

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I believe Brembo makes all the brakes for BMW even the ones marked "BMW".

If you want to use an older style caliper they will not fit the fork legs. You will have to change out to pre- 10/2000 fork legs.
You will also have to change the front wheel,rotors & ABS sensor.

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Can anyone tell me if Brembo calipers are available for a 2007 LT. I am having some issues with the BMW calipers as fitted and would appreciate any info.....thx
I cant speak for all but I am curious, what is wrong as fitted?

A description of issue/issues may lead to a pretty quick solution around here

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Thx to those that replied....without being too long winded I am presently negotiating the purchase of a 2007 LT from a private seller. The bike only has 4000 Km on the clock which means it's been standing idle way too long ( rich boy and his toy). I test rode it and the braking was suspect, pulling sideways at slow speed. On checking the front discs the left side disc appeared not to have been braking, (not shiny) which leads me to suspect frozen caliper piston/pistons. My 2000 LT ( just sold it ) has Brembo marked calipers and I thought if I have to change the calipers (both left and right) then I would like to fit Brembo's.

Please bear with my inexperience as I read from the above that Brembo supply the BMW marked calipers.

My dilemma is should I change both front and rear calipers? If one froze what condition may the others be in or will riding it regularly keep the brakes in good shape? Are they serviceable or is changing the best option?

thanks again to those taking the time to reply....Brian
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Thx to those that replied....without being too long winded I am presently negotiating the purchase of a 2007 LT from a private seller. The bike only has 4000 Km on the clock which means it's been standing idle way too long ( rich boy and his toy). I test rode it and the braking was suspect, pulling sideways at slow speed. On checking the front discs the left side disc appeared not to have been braking, (not shiny) which leads me to suspect frozen caliper piston/pistons. My 2000 LT ( just sold it ) has Brembo marked calipers and I thought if I have to change the calipers (both left and right) then I would like to fit Brembo's.

Please bear with my inexperience as I read from the above that Brembo supply the BMW marked calipers.

My dilemma is should I change both front and rear calipers? If one froze what condition may the others be in or will riding it regularly keep the brakes in good shape? Are they serviceable or is changing the best option?

thanks again to those taking the time to reply....Brian

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Re: Brake calipers

Looking to enlarge my knowledge on this one. Can someone tell me if (actually why) a failing caliper on a dual caliper wheel could cause the bike to pull to one side? It doesn't make sense to me.


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... Can someone tell me if (actually why) a failing caliper on a dual caliper wheel could cause the bike to pull to one side? ...
I give up. Can't figure why that would happen. There is no sideways momentum applied to the tire contact patch- unlike in a 4-wheeled vehicle.

After all, there are bikes with only one disc brake up front (my old KLR's come to mind) - and they do run straight.

Or, is it a hypothetical question?

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Re: Brake calipers

The OP said the bike in question pulled left at low speeds which made no sense to me. There might be another issue he needs to look at.


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The OP said the bike in question pulled left at low speeds which made no sense to me. There might be another issue he needs to look at.
I'm fast slipping into unknown territory here....the bike felt as if it pulled to the right at slow speeds down a slight incline into my basement parking. Upon examination the left caliper appeared not to have worked as hard as the right caliper, however I'm now suspecting the tyres may also be a contributing factor. Upon close examination and after removing the tyre black that someone has applied I can see fine side wall cracks in both tyres which suggest the tyres have started to harden and lose their suppleness. Checked the date and they were manufactured 10/06.
In the Middle East with very high summer temperatures and high UV levels the tyres, if unused for any length of time, deteriorate at a much faster rate than would be expected in more temperate zones. This machine has done less then 4000 Kms in 3 years. I'm therefore planning to ask the dealer to change the tyres (they are not selling the bike and appear reluctant to offer opinions) and then take it for another test ride. Both front calipers have now been removed ( by the dealer) and the piston movement confirmed on both. It's highly likely that my test ride started to free them up and with more constant use should not become an issue again.

I'm unsure what else to look for, any suggestions welcomed....
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IIRC the early calipers were from Brembo, but not the later ones. Tokico or some other Japanese name... can't recall for sure.
Also when was the last time the brake fluid was changed?

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Updated my post link in #8 to include the original pictures....Sorry 'bout that.

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Updated my post link in #8 to include the original pictures....Sorry 'bout that.
Thx everyone, the deal is done, proud owner of a 'new' low mileage LT. Changed the tyres and confirmed the pistons are now free in the front calipers, what a difference! The bike goes where I point it and pulls up smooth at whatever speed I'm travelling.

from one happy guy........

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Thx everyone, the deal is done, proud owner of a 'new' low mileage LT. Changed the tyres and confirmed the pistons are now free in the front calipers, what a difference! The bike goes where I point it and pulls up smooth at whatever speed I'm travelling.

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