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Yes, they will fit. But only after you have carried out a host of other modifications!

1. You will need new discs of the correct size.
2. You will need the correct bracket carriers.
3. You will need longer flexible pipes


If you are going down this road, I would advise you look at buying a 'GT Big Brake Kit' from Brembo specifically for your model and year. This way, you will know it will fit first time.

Here is an example (you can specify the colour of the calipers at point of sale). But shop around as there are many outlets selling these where deals are available.
Mercedes SLK Class, Excl AMG Front (R171) Brembo GT 6 Pot Front Brake Conversion - Slotted 1M2.8022A Only £3221.64
 

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I know I will need new discs, pads and so on. My concerns are mostly as to if they will fit on the SLK caliper mounts and if the distance to the discs will be okey. I know some calipers was too far in to fit on the rotors when another member tried to do a brake upgrade.

I have looked at other big brake kits earlier, but just came across these nice looking AMG calipers and they were cheap as well.
Do not want to spend more than 3K for the fronts alone from brembo(overpriced)



Yes, they will fit. But only after you have carried out a host of other modifications!

1. You will need new discs of the correct size.
2. You will need the correct bracket carriers.
3. You will need longer flexible pipes


If you are going down this road, I would advise you look at buying a 'GT Big Brake Kit' from Brembo specifically for your model and year. This way, you will know it will fit first time.

Here is an example (you can specify the colour of the calipers at point of sale). But shop around as there are many outlets selling these where deals are available.
Mercedes SLK Class, Excl AMG Front (R171) Brembo GT 6 Pot Front Brake Conversion - Slotted 1M2.8022A Only £3221.64
 

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I looked into this a while back because I also had a line on a set of cheap OEM brakes from a different model. There are a very large number of brake component part numbers used by Mercedes, which mostly appear to differ in terms of the bracket that they use. Ultimately I decided against it because I didn't want to deal with having to get this part and that part in addition to the brakes just to get things to fit correctly.
 

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I know I will need new discs, pads and so on. My concerns are mostly as to if they will fit on the SLK caliper mounts and if the distance to the discs will be okey. I know some calipers was too far in to fit on the rotors when another member tried to do a brake upgrade.

I have looked at other big brake kits earlier, but just came across these nice looking AMG calipers and they were cheap as well.
Do not want to spend more than 3K for the fronts alone from brembo(overpriced)
So you want cheap brakes, then Brembo are definitely not for you. The SL ones you are looking at on ebay are Brembo, as are all SL models. Mercedes - and all other major marques - will only use Brembo.
You should be looking at the cheapo ones, eg:
Mercedes SLK R129 R170 R171 Front 356mm 6-Pot PB Brakes Big Brake Kit BBK | eBay

If you want to fit the ones from ebay, you will need a friendly MB dealer who is happy to give you parts on sale or return so that you can try various combinations until you find the right one.
The calipers you see are a Brembo standard that are used on MB, Jaguar, Porsche etc - they do not necessarily fit directly to the stub axle, but have a carrier bracket as an interface - my point No2.
Same with the discs, these are available in combinations of OD and offset. You need to find the right one.
Now, the ebay calipers say they are off an SL65. It could well be that the brackets and discs may well suit, but it will be trial an error - hence the need for your friendly dealer.
Happy days if you think you can get all the parts under £3K...!
 

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Thanks for your reply.
I know it will be trial and error and that i most likely will need brackets to make them fit 100%.
I am in no ways looking for cheap brakes or have the lack of money.
Money is not the issue, it is simply a matter of principal... Why pay more for less?

I know that I am most likely going to spend more than 3K for the brake upgrade. But I dont want to buy those overpriced brembo kits for just the front for the same amount that I can get all four brakes from an AMG for the same price while knowing that merc brakes are brembo as well.

I have several friends that work at the merc dealership here and can provide me with part numbers and so on. I will buy the parts from outside Norway since even with my friends employee discounts the price for parts still is 500% of what they cost in germany.(because of norwegian salary and cost they overprice everything)

So you want cheap brakes, then Brembo are definitely not for you. The SL ones you are looking at on ebay are Brembo, as are all SL models. Mercedes - and all other major marques - will only use Brembo.
You should be looking at the cheapo ones, eg:
Mercedes SLK R129 R170 R171 Front 356mm 6-Pot PB Brakes Big Brake Kit BBK | eBay

If you want to fit the ones from ebay, you will need a friendly MB dealer who is happy to give you parts on sale or return so that you can try various combinations until you find the right one.
The calipers you see are a Brembo standard that are used on MB, Jaguar, Porsche etc - they do not necessarily fit directly to the stub axle, but have a carrier bracket as an interface - my point No2.
Same with the discs, these are available in combinations of OD and offset. You need to find the right one.
Now, the ebay calipers say they are off an SL65. It could well be that the brackets and discs may well suit, but it will be trial an error - hence the need for your friendly dealer.
Happy days if you think you can get all the parts under £3K...!
 

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On a 200, I think the brakes from a 350 would be a better upgrade.

The big AMG units would be overkill and pads would probably end up glazed and squeal badly on low speed braking. The big callipers add to the unsprung weight of the wheel/hub assembly too. In addition, because you have non OEM rims, you would need to check that the AMG callipers will clear on radius and offset.

The bigger brakes will look nice of course and for sure with 19" rims on the stock 200 brakes will look a bit puny. So if it's looks you're after and that's what you're doing the mod for, fair enough knock yourself out... I guess.
 

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Hi Oszy. I can't speak highly enough of my Ceika BBK upgrade. Complete kit was $3160.00 usd, came with EVERYTHING you need. The difference is amazing. I went with Front Small 8 pot 356x32mm and Rear Small 6 pot 356x28mm combo, but they offered me four different packages starting at $2875.00 usd. Both performance and looks are stunning, rotors are huge, and all at half the cost of Brembos.

HERE is a link to my modification thread and HERE is a link to their website.



 

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On a 200, I think the brakes from a 350 would be a better upgrade.

The big AMG units would be overkill and pads would probably end up glazed and squeal badly on low speed braking. The big callipers add to the unsprung weight of the wheel/hub assembly too. In addition, because you have non OEM rims, you would need to check that the AMG callipers will clear on radius and offset.

The bigger brakes will look nice of course and for sure with 19" rims on the stock 200 brakes will look a bit puny. So if it's looks you're after and that's what you're doing the mod for, fair enough knock yourself out... I guess.
Thank you for your input. I will put that into consideration.
Here in Norway, almost all modifications that you do to a car here have to be aproved by a err... not sure how to put it in english, but its a government "company" that have to look at the car, look at the documentation and then decide if it is street legal or not. (Had to look it up out of curiosity, and the norwegian-english dictionary calls it "Public Roads Administration")
If you get pulled over by either police or by them and the cars modifications is not in the vehicles registration they will take you plates and you basicly have to walk home and get the car towed, converted back to stock and show it to them in order to get your plates back.

I know that huge AMG brakes will be overkill on the 200K. BUT most of my mods so far have been done with future power upgrades in mind.
If I go for the smaller 350 brakes I am afraid that they might be too small and not get approved by the "Public Roads Administration" for street use when/if I get a engine swap next year like planned.
If I go for overkill brakes now, I dont have to upgrade them once more when/if my engine gets swapped. Because the bigger brakes will have the stopping power to stop the car.

Regarding your thoughts about the rim clearence. This will not be an issue as I am using spacers and in a little while I am getting my new wheels on the car as well and they have plenty space for the bigger brakes :)



Hi Oszy. I can't speak highly enough of my Ceika BBK upgrade. Complete kit was $3160.00 usd, came with EVERYTHING you need. The difference is amazing. I went with Front Small 8 pot 356x32mm and Rear Small 6 pot 356x28mm combo, but they offered me four different packages starting at $2875.00 usd. Both performance and looks are stunning, rotors are huge, and all at half the cost of Brembos.

HERE is a link to my modification thread and HERE is a link to their website.
Thank you Stinger! I have looked(and drooled) at your thread earlier and I love the look of them! Its great to hear that they deliver what they promise.
Do you know how durable they are to different environments?
Do the pistons have a "dust collar" like the Brembo's do?
We have alot of road salt from the winters and dust on our roads here. Together with a wet and cold climate.

I think that these Ceika BBK will be my solution to the brake upgrade.

Quick question; If your calipers are "Small 8pot"... They look pretty big. How does the "Big" version look like then? :eek:

Is it possible to get them without the Ceika logo also?
 

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Be careful what type of calipers you use in Northern Europe.
As you point out, salt is the issue. The sets such as PB, K, Wilwood, Ceika etc are made from anodised aluminium to keep the costs down. trouble is though they are a magnet to salt!

Brembo products are cast in an expensive alloy to withstand all that is thrown at them. I know I will be shot down in flames for supporting them, but stop and ask why MB, when they lower performance engines into their cars, they choose Brembo over the others...
 

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Be careful what type of calipers you use in Northern Europe.
As you point out, salt is the issue. The sets such as PB, K, Wilwood, Ceika etc are made from anodised aluminium to keep the costs down. trouble is though they are a magnet to salt!

Brembo products are cast in an expensive alloy to withstand all that is thrown at them. I know I will be shot down in flames for supporting them, but stop and ask why MB, when they lower performance engines into their cars, they choose Brembo over the others...
Ceika's calipers are made from 6061-T6 aerospace grade aluminium with
6061-T6 aluminum or stainless steel caliper pistons and also use Anti-corrosion coatings prior to their custom color finishes. 6061 remains resistant to corrosion even when the surface is abraded. 6061 is commonly used in the construction of aircraft as well as yacht construction, including small utility boats. If it can hold up to the salt water in the ocean I would be comfortable having them on your roads.
@Oszy They DO have a dust collar including using high temperature resistant dust seals. I'm not sure about getting them without the logo as it is embossed in the casting. However, you have the choice of having the logo in a contrasting color or not. Of course keeping the logo in the same color as the rest of the caliper will make it less noticeable. I figured what the heck, why not give them credit for their product. You will also be able to select the color of the hat which allows you to do some fairly wild combinations. I don't believe the large 8pots. are an option on our cars but they must be HUGE. But just as impressive as the size of the calipers is the size of the rotors. But you can rest assured, these brakes are very high quality with replacement parts readily available and you can also use many different brands of pads if you want to vary from their own proprietary brand which by the way are very good and produce very little dust. I am extremely happy with the purchase.
 

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Ceika's calipers are made from 6061-T6 aerospace grade aluminium with
6061-T6 aluminum or stainless steel caliper pistons and also use Anti-corrosion coatings prior to their custom color finishes. 6061 remains resistant to corrosion even when the surface is abraded. 6061 is commonly used in the construction of aircraft as well as yacht construction, including small utility boats. If it can hold up to the salt water in the ocean I would be comfortable having them on your roads.

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6061-T6 is a great product. We and quality coilover manufacturers use the same material for our\thier products. You do not need to worry about corrosion at all.
 

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Ceika's calipers are made from 6061-T6 aerospace grade aluminium with
6061-T6 aluminum or stainless steel caliper pistons and also use Anti-corrosion coatings prior to their custom color finishes. 6061 remains resistant to corrosion even when the surface is abraded. 6061 is commonly used in the construction of aircraft as well as yacht construction, including small utility boats. If it can hold up to the salt water in the ocean I would be comfortable having them on your roads.

@Oszy They DO have a dust collar including using high temperature resistant dust seals. I'm not sure about getting them without the logo as it is embossed in the casting. However, you have the choice of having the logo in a contrasting color or not. Of course keeping the logo in the same color as the rest of the caliper will make it less noticeable. I figured what the heck, why not give them credit for their product. You will also be able to select the color of the hat which allows you to do some fairly wild combinations. I don't believe the large 8pots. are an option on our cars but they must be HUGE. But just as impressive as the size of the calipers is the size of the rotors. But you can rest assured, these brakes are very high quality with replacement parts readily available and you can also use many different brands of pads if you want to vary from their own proprietary brand which by the way are very good and produce very little dust. I am extremely happy with the purchase.
Thank you very much for the info and review of the brakes.
Did you go with the aluminium or stainless steel pistons?

Could you please share some more pictures of the brakes on your car so that I can use as a referance point when making an order with them?

Do you have 19" wheels?

And what pads did you choose for your kit?
 

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Did you go with the aluminium or stainless steel pistons?

I'm not sure but I think I remember reading they were the Stainless Steel Pistons. I will have to gather up my receipts to verify.

Could you please share some more pictures of the brakes on your car so that I can use as a referance point when making an order with them?

Sure, as soon as I can get a chance.

Do you have 19" wheels?

I have 18" wheels.

And what pads did you choose for your kit?[/QUOTE]

They have three varieties, Street, Sport and Race. I went with the Street pad for ease of cleaning and longevity.


I would advise sending an email to Ceika, you will be answered by Cedric who is the owner/founder of the company. He will work with you on your custom project and help you every step of the way.
 

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@Oszy Per your request, here are a couple more pics. I took today of the Ceika BBK's.
Thank you very much for the pictures.

Which calipers do you have on the rears?
Looks like your kit fills out the 18" wheels nicely.
I'm mostly looking for something that will fill out a 19".
 

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Thank you very much for the pictures.

Which calipers do you have on the rears?
Looks like your kit fills out the 18" wheels nicely.
I'm mostly looking for something that will fill out a 19".
I went with Front Small 8 pot 356x32mm and Rear Small 6 pot 356x28mm combo. Send them an email and they will fix you up. They have large 8 pot as well with rotors that go up to 405x36mm but they will recommend the proper size for your 19" wheels.
 
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