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CLS AMG brake set up?

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I work for a very big dismantler in california. We are overstocked w/ these caliper and rotors from Mercedes AMG's. I was thinking about a set from a 05 cls AMG, opinions pls.
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OK so are we going to have to put this in the group purchase tab. I'm interested on how much it would cost...
been talking with the guy that started this thread its not cheap at all .. This is a pay to play mod for sure LOL!!!!
Making a parts list for this swap reminds me of Monty Pythons rat souffle

"Make sure that the rat's squeals are not audible from the street, particularly in areas
where the Anti-Souffle League and similar do-gooders are out to persecute the
innocent pleasures of the table. Anyway, cut the rat down and lay it on the
chopping-board. Raise the chopper high above your head, with the steel glinting
in the setting sun, and then bring it down - wham! - with a vivid crunch -
straight across the taut neck of the terrified rodent, and make it into a

Find some calipers, some C6 rotors, toss in some some aluminum,
and make it into a B body braking system.

It is not the parts but all the work to make them fit and operate.

Same recipe as mine.

Find some calipers, some DBA rotors, toss in some some aluminum,
and make it into a B body braking system.

Unless Jason is WAY more organized than I and is using all CNC stuff I suspect it will remain a one or two off.
Then there is the liability end of things.

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I was recently PM’ed asking if there was any way that this setup could enable a larger rotor to be placed under a 15 inch wheel. I replied that I wasn’t sure, while Mercedes did offer a caliper configured for a 312mm disc - not far from the OE 300mm diameter – there might be a problem finding a rotor that would slip over a modified factory or Kore3 hub and in the right thickness to mate properly with the caliper.

The more I thought about it though; I began to wonder if there just might be a way to make it work. As mentioned before, M-B uses a 5 on 112mm (4.4 inch) bolt circle, which if you’ve reworked a B-body rotor to fit inside the Corvette rotor, you know there is very little extra room to play with. It seemed unlikely that 5 on 5 inch hub could be placed into a rotor designed for a 4.4 inch bolt circle when it has all it can do to fit into a rotor intended for the 4.75 inch pattern. Nevertheless, I suppose that I should at least check.

Some time ago I had tucked away a couple pairs of rotors retrieved from a Mercedes dealer’s discard bin. Find rotor, find spare hub, place rotor upside down on workbench, try to set hub into rotor. Now that wasn’t what I expected… Fitting the hub to the rotors revealed that if the center bore was enlarged, they should fit.

Time to do some machine work. I collected up the various bits & pieces and headed to the shop. I began by opening up the center to the B-body hub diameter and set the hub into the reworked rotor. It dropped in as hoped, and fit at least as well as it does in the GM stuff, perhaps even a bit better. I followed up by drilling them for the 5 on 5 inch bolt pattern. As both operations are required to fit a Corvette rotor anyway, no additional cost would be incurred by choosing to start with the M-B units. This opens up more options to choose an appropriate rotor for conversions, in both diameter and offset, and presents some possibilities that would be otherwise cost prohibitive.

Looking quickly at a 15 inch solution, a good place to start would be a 2003 - 2006 E500 / W124 chassis as they used a 312 mm x 28 mm rotor and corresponding 4 piston caliper.

Modified 345mm Rotor:

Modified 330mm rotor with B-body hub:

Caliper for use with the 312mm rotor - Note the "312" cast into the frame:

Comparing them to the ML calipers posted earlier, one can see that the bridge frames are shaped differently to accommodate the smaller wheel.

OK, that was neat, but admittedly there is limited interest in a 15 inch setup. Does anyone else care that they could use M-B spec rotors? Is a point to all this? Yes, there is. Hang on, we are getting there.

If you recall, this thread started when OP asked if it was possible to use the 8-piston 4-pad calipers from a 05 CLS55. Awhile back, while searching for rear calipers, I had come across a wrecking yard offering a pair, and although I didn’t know what to do with them just yet, perhaps they might be useful someday. Once they arrived, I began looking to see what it would take to make them work.

Sliding the caliper over the Z51 rotor showed they were so mismatched that I didn’t even try locating a Z06 front to test fit, as it wouldn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know. Finding a rotor large enough in diameter to accept the caliper and in the necessary 36 mm width that didn’t require applying for a gold card was proving to be difficult. I even considered trying to find something in a narrower - say 34 mm - width and fabricating a set of titanium heat shields to make up the difference. No obvious solutions presented themselves, so progress had pretty much stalled as the rotor situation was looking pretty bleak and the need to complete the current upgrade was taking precedence.

But the recent discovery that the M-B rotors might also be used renewed my determination to see if the calipers could be made to work. More internet searching ensued. The ’05 CLS55 uses a 360mm one-piece style looked like it might work. The ’06 CLS55 uses a 380mm two-piece design. The larger diameter would be preferable, as experience showed such a large caliper will be very close to the spindle. Unfortunately, they list for $985.00. Each. 360mm it is. A trip to eBay yielded a pair of NOS Mercedes rotors advertised for an E55, accessing the online M-B parts system verified they are the same PN as the ‘05 CLS55. Incidentally, even on these assemblies M-B still lists the same rotor for left & right, which contradicts the popular thought that left & right directional vanes are a necessary feature.

Once the rotors were modified to fit the B-body hubs, things began shaping up. The spindle, although already modified for the 340mm conversion, required further trimming to accept the caliper. I started on a set of mounting brackets, but didn’t have a 12mm x 1.5 tap needed for the caliper-to-adapter bolts on hand, not wishing to wait until one could be located, I just re-drilled the Mercedes radial-to-axial adapter bracket as a temporary solution to check with. The parts were then assembled, using shim washers to move things to where they wanted to be.




As you can see things are pretty tight, and I haven’t installed it to verify that everything is going to clear the suspension, but the potential is there. Using a Z06 assembly as a benchmark, it looks to be least in the ballpark.

Previously posted photo of a B-Body spindle with the Z06 caliper:

I did verify that this combination easily cleared an 18 inch wheel I had on hand. The alternate rotors are available in both 380mm & 390mm diameters, I suspect using either of them will require a 19 inch wheel at a minimum.

- J
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hmmmm Thx Jay! Been working the final piece of my build... the big brake under 15 tire...thx for info!!
is their anybody that has or tryed to run the Z06 brakes on a B-Body?
To button up some loose ends, I spent some time over the long weekend verifying that the CLS55 calipers and rotor setup would fit. I first installed the assembly on my spare frame.

Left Side Installed – Side View:

Top View:

Fully Extended - Left Lock:

Fully Extended - Right Lock:

I then disconnected the anti-sway bar and compressed the suspension into the bumpstop:

Full Compression, Right Lock – Top View:

Full Compression, Right Lock – Side View:

As you can see, the caliper clears the A-arms under all expected conditions. Not a lot of room to spare, but now it has been shown that they should work.

- J
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What do you think?

Left Rear

Right Rear

Left Front

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maine, that looks great!
This is a very informative thread. I have driven my ss clone with a Ls3 engine for half a year now, and it is now obvious for me that these cars need some brake upgrade. Not that the stock setup is very bad, but with some hard driving it get to hot and that cause vibrations cracked rotors and so one.
For me it is important that I can use the 17”impala ss wheels. I like the thought of using corvette parts, but I am not sure if the setup that fits under the stock wheels is a big enough upgrade to solve the brake problems over time.
When I reed throughout the whole treat with all the details and pictures (very good write up), it hit me that someone are putting a lot of money and work on this brake upgrade thing. And after spending a lot of money and time on the brakes, the front end of this cars still are a dinosaur of the past.
If I could make a wish for our cars, I would wish a new spindle with provision for modern big brakes and shorter steering arms for a rack and pinion steering.
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:D i believe this just needs a free bump
hey 408_LT1 do you still have any AMG calipers to sell ?
Those original calipers were 2006 CLS55. I think somewhere he mentioned he finally did this set up with ML brakes. Still loook nice!
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