1981 BMW 3-Series Performance Brakes

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    • (0 reviews)
      # 111868670
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Drilled and Slotted Rotors by Chrome Brakes®. Quantity: 1 Pair, Rotor Type: Solid. This is a set of OEM-sized replacement rotors with slots and drilled holes that provide the superior level of cooling needed for...
      Sized to match OEM dimensions while providing superior braking performance and better looksAvailable in sets for front and rear
      +2
      $153.56 - $168.88
    • (0 reviews)
      # 78710212
      BMW 320i 1981, Sport Performance Front Brake Pads by StopTech®. StopTech Sport Performance brake Pads are engineered to meet the demands of high performance driving while maintaining the refinement and comfort expected in everyday...
      Formerly known as Street Performance PadsHigh MOT to Eliminate Fade
      $38.82
    • (0 reviews)
      # 47237992
      BMW 320i 1981, High Performance Street 5.0 Front Brake Pads by Hawk®. Thickness: 14.22mm (0.56"). These revolutionary brake pads provide advanced stopping power for your vehicle without triggering your ABS. They are formulated to...
      Better braking over OE padsPushing the limits of ABS
      $113.16
    • (1 review)
      # 5810783
      BMW 320i 1981, High Performance Street Front Brake Pads by Hawk®. Thickness: 14.22mm (0.56"). These are replacement brake pads designed for an aggressive level of street driving with more repetitive, heavy braking. While these pads...
      Ferro-Carbon pad construction is blended with a higher friction output designed for aggressive street drivingBraking power is increased by 20% to 40% over original equipment regardless of extreme cold or warm temperatures
      $94.02
    • (0 reviews)
      # 47237995
      BMW 320i 1981, High Performance Street Race Front Brake Pads by Hawk®. Thickness: 14.22mm (0.56"). When choosing brake pads for your high-performance street car, consider these high-performance pads by Hawk. Hawk brake pads give...
      Aggressive torqueExtended rotor and pad wear life
      $129.57
    • (0 reviews)
      # 111012879
      BMW 320i 1981, Motorsports Performance Front Brake Pads by Hawk®. Thickness: 14.22mm (0.56"). These brake pads are ideal for racers and street drivers looking for highly-engineered friction products. Hawk Motorsports Performance...
      Consistent pedal feelLow pad wear
      $120.56 - $183.25
    • (0 reviews)
      # 5812727
      BMW 320i 1981, Performance Ceramic Front Brake Pads by Hawk®. Thickness: 14.22mm (0.56"). These brake pads are designed to maximize all the benefits of ceramic construction to create pads that provide a high level of smooth braking...
      Pads and clips are designed in the precise size and shape of factory OEM parts for proper fit and operationCeramic pad compounds offer a smoother more superior level of braking power most effective at autobahn speeds
      $98.71
    • (0 reviews)
      # 18804341
      BMW 320i 1981, C-Tek™ Standard Plain Front Brake Rotor by Centric®. Manufactured using quality G3000 metallurgy and designed with a non-directional finish, this rotor provides superior braking power, high durability, excellent...
      OE style replacement rotorNon-directional finish
      $23.13
    • (0 reviews)
      # 7835594
      BMW 320i 1981, Front Brake Rotor by Balo®. Solid. Are your brakes making noise? Is your vehicle’s stopping power not what it used to be? Brake repairs are not something that can be put off, but before you waste your time and gas...
      OE quality parts from top original equipment and aftermarket manufacturersFast shipping; 1-2 day delivery time regardless of where you’re located
      $38.20
    • (0 reviews)
      # 20649777
      BMW 320i 1981, C-Tek™ Semi-Metallic Front Brake Pads by Centric®. Designed to provide consistent braking power without brake squealing, groaning, and vibration, these brake pads also produce minimal dust and prolong rotor life....
      100% asbestos- and copper-free formulasSemi-metallic compounds for excellent braking performance
      $11.62
    • (0 reviews)
      # 20650626
      BMW 320i 1981, Formula 100 Series OEM Front Brake Pads by Centric®. Designed to perfectly fit your vehicle and meet/exceed the exacting standards for OE braking performance, these pads are a true OE formulation, manufactured using...
      Application specific friction formula so your vehicle stops the way it was designed to stopDesigned to meet or exceed standards for OE braking performance
      $36.30
    • (0 reviews)
      # 20651501
      BMW 320i 1981, Posi Quiet™ Premium Ceramic Front Brake Pads by Centric®. These pads are manufactured using the positive molding process to assure consistent friction material density throughout the pad for excellent braking...
      Stable friction performance across a wide temperature rangeLongest wearing most advanced material available
      $24.94
    • (0 reviews)
      # 17754373
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Total Solution™ Semi-Metallic Front Brake Pads by Monroe®. Dynamics Brake Pads utilize Positive Molding Technology. This unique performance-enhancing feature provides denser friction consistency for better...
      Offers dependable stopping performance for today's import and domestic passenger cars and light trucksFeatures semi-metallic pad and positive molding technology which delivers OE quality
      $22.38
    • (0 reviews)
      # 90720113
      BMW 320i 1981, ThermoQuiet™ Ceramic Front Brake Pads by Wagner®. FMSI: 7101-D174. Quieter braking, superior stopping power under any conditions, and long pad life – that's what you get with these one-piece brake pads with...
      Proprietary friction formulations provide quiet operation, unmatched braking performance, and less dustThe Dynamic Noise Absorption (DNA) technology targets and absorbs vibration at the point of contact for less noise
      $16.76
    • (0 reviews)
      # 15701947
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Original Front Brake Pad Set by ATE®. With Shims. Brake pads from ATE, with the best mixture of materials on the market and a consistently quality-conscious production process, offer optimum braking performance....
      OE quality parts from top original equipment and aftermarket manufacturersFast shipping; 1-2 day delivery time regardless of where you’re located
      $38.16
    • (0 reviews)
      # 7746397
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Brake Pad Set by Jurid®. With Shims. Position: Front. Are your brakes making noise? Is your vehicle’s stopping power not what it used to be? Brake repairs are not something that can be put off, but before you...
      OE quality parts from top original equipment and aftermarket manufacturersFast shipping; 1-2 day delivery time regardless of where you’re located
      $39.56
    • (0 reviews)
      # 8623491
      BMW 3-Series 1981, XBG Semi-Metallic Front Brake Pad Set by PBR®. Without Shims. Perfect for extra loads, towing, 4WDs, SUVs, courier vans, taxis, and heavier passenger vehicles that require frequent heavy braking.
      Frequent brakingHigh temperature braking
      $39.38
    • (0 reviews)
      # 92130515
      BMW 320i 1981, Remanufactured Semi-Loaded Brake Caliper by Centric®. Pressure tested and carefully inspected, this caliper ensures safe, leak-free performance while providing a precision fit. The caliper is tumble blasted with...
      Remanufactured to meet the most exacting standards for reliable performance100% pressure tested and inspected to ensure proper operation and fitment
      $35.10 - $41.62
    • (0 reviews)
      # 94051426
      BMW 320i 1981, Remanufactured Unloaded Brake Caliper by A1 Cardone®. Bleeder Screw Size: M7 X 1.0. Inlet Port Size: M10 X 1.0. Piston Material: Metal. Piston Quantity: 2. Piston Size: 48mm (1.89"). Type: without Mounting Bracket....
      100% tested to guarantee proper functionThe finest quality at a great price
      $31.59 - $33.14
    • (0 reviews)
      # 19149848
      BMW 320i 1981, Premium Brake Master Cylinder by Centric®. Manufactured to OE and OES standards, this cylinder easily restores the braking system building the required amount of hydraulic pressure that is necessary for braking a...
      Designed to match OE quality, configuration, and fitmentMeets OE and OES standards and specifications
      $54.89
    • (0 reviews)
      # 17883868
      BMW 320i 1981, Brake Master Cylinder With 4 Outlets by Dorman®. Bore Diameter: 13/16"; Forward Outlet Size: (2) M10 x 1.0; Rearward Outlet Size: (2) M10 x 1.0; without Reservoir; Material: Cast Iron; without Sensor. Includes: 1...
      All rubber components are of high-quality EPDM compound for resistance to glycol-based brake fluidDirect replacement for a proper fit
      $60.67
    • (0 reviews)
      # 94051423
      BMW 320i 1981, Brake Master Cylinder by Cardone®. Primary Port Size: M10 X 1.0. Secondary Port Size: M10 X 1.0. Port Count: 3. Include: Bleeder Kit. CARDONE Select Engineered (CSE) Technology ensures that all master cylinders meet...
      100% tested to guarantee proper functionThe finest quality at a great price
      $32.60 - $53.85
    • (0 reviews)
      # 77531381
      BMW 320i 1981, Brake Master Cylinder by URO Parts®. Material: Cast-Iron. Brake safely and efficiently with URO. This top-notch brake part is right what you need to optimize braking performance and let your vehicle run as it was...
      Top-notch replacement for your malfunctioning factory brake partDesigned to restore the ultimate braking experience
      $56.58
    • (0 reviews)
      # 7835826
      BMW 320i 1981, Brake Master Cylinder by FTE®. Cast Iron. Are your brakes making noise? Is your vehicle’s stopping power not what it used to be? Brake repairs are not something that can be put off, but before you waste your time...
      $148.13
    • (0 reviews)
      # 19151007
      BMW 320i 1981, Premium Rear Drum Brake Shoes by Centric®. To provide excellent fit and reliable performance, these shoes are precision ground. With specially formulated and dyno tested asbestos-free formulation, these brake...
      Premium quality and performancePrecision ground for an exact fit and function
      $23.54
    • (0 reviews)
      # 58314197
      BMW 320i 1981, ThermoQuiet™ Bonded Rear Drum Brake Shoes by Wagner®. These brake shoes will deliver maximum stopping power, quieter braking performance, and long service life. You can rely on the ThermoQuiet Brake Shoes by Wagner...
      Designed to deliver superior stopping powerQuiet operation under any driving conditions
      $24.03
    • (0 reviews)
      # 18328604
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Rear Brake Shoes by Bendix®. These shoes deliver consistent and reliable stopping power while ensuring low noise, heat resistance, and low dust. With precision bonding, these Bendix shoes have the proper lining...
      Designed for a wide range of passenger vehicles and all road conditionsImproved non-asbestos organic lining formulation
      $22.47 - $40.53
    • (0 reviews)
      # 7836111
      BMW 320i 1981, Drum Brake Shoe Set by SBS®. Are your brakes making noise? Is your vehicle’s stopping power not what it used to be? Brake repairs are not something that can be put off, but before you waste your time and gas...
      OE quality parts from top original equipment and aftermarket manufacturersFast shipping; 1-2 day delivery time regardless of where you’re located
      $56.84
    • (0 reviews)
      # 19149281
      BMW 320i 1981, Premium Rear Brake Drum by Centric®. With OE style casting, OE specification mill balancing, and machined finish, this brake drum guarantees factory fit, form, and function for driver confidence behind the wheel. The...
      OE style castingOE specification mill balancing
      $33.93
    • (0 reviews)
      # 19152128
      BMW 320i 1981, Premium Rear Drum Brake Wheel Cylinder by Centric®. This cylinder is a high quality, direct fit OE replacement brake part that includes brass inserts and aluminum castings, where applicable, for leak-free...
      Designed to meet OE specificationsIncludes pistons, cup seals, and dust boots
      $9.32
    • (0 reviews)
      # 17860755
      BMW 320i 1981, Rear Drum Brake Wheel Cylinder by Dorman®. Bore Diameter: 3/4"; Brake Component Inlet Thread Size: M10 x 1; With Bleeder Screw; Material: Cast Iron. Includes: 1 Drum Brake Wheel Cylinder. Installation Hardware Not...
      Made with high quality EPDM rubber cups and boots for long lasting performanceRestores the original Wheel Cylinder’s service life when the bore finish can be adequately surfaced
      $8.23
    • (0 reviews)
      # 15703470
      BMW 3-Series with 19mm Wheels 1981, Wheel Cylinder by ATE®. Are your brakes making noise? Is your vehicle’s stopping power not what it used to be? Brake repairs are not something that can be put off, but before you waste your...
      OE quality parts from top original equipment and aftermarket manufacturersFast shipping; 1-2 day delivery time regardless of where you’re located
      $39.90
    • (0 reviews)
      # 92610851
      BMW 320i 1981, Brake Hose by Centric®. Manufactured under the highest quality standards to meet or exceed OE quality, form, and function, this hose will provide reliable and long-lasting service life. It's designed to be a direct...
      Made of high-quality materialsMatches original equipment parts in quality, configuration, and fitment
      $8.75 - $9.74
    • (0 reviews)
      # 97061990
      BMW 320i 1981, Brake Hydraulic Hose by Dorman®. without Gaskets; without Bracket (Not Required); End Fitting Material: Treated Steel; Hose Material: EPDM Rubber; Jacket Material: Rubber. Includes: 1 Brake Hose. Direct replacement...
      Quality construction ensures strength, chemical and thermal resistance for longer lifeBrake Hoses with banjo end fittings include new copper washers to ensure proper sealing
      $8.63 - $10.64
    • (0 reviews)
      # 112239557
      BMW 320i 1981, Rear Brake Hydraulic Hose by Beck Arnley®. For one hundred years, Beck/Arnley has been providing premium OE quality parts for vehicles. Beginning with motorcycle parts in 1914 and transitioning to import vehicles in...
      OE quality products from top original equipmentTop quality materials
      $12.69 - $15.68
    • (0 reviews)
      # 15701414
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Front Brake Hose by ATE®. Are your brakes making noise? Is your vehicle’s stopping power not what it used to be? Brake repairs are not something that can be put off, but before you waste your time and gas...
      OE quality parts from top original equipment and aftermarket manufacturersFast shipping; 1-2 day delivery time regardless of where you’re located
      $21.07
    • (0 reviews)
      # 7746216
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Booster Vacuum Hose by Cohline®. Note: 1 Meter. Are your brakes making noise? Is your vehicle’s stopping power not what it used to be? Brake repairs are not something that can be put off, but before you waste...
      OE quality parts from top original equipment and aftermarket manufacturersFast shipping; 1-2 day delivery time regardless of where you’re located
      $33.60
    • (0 reviews)
      # 20313468
      BMW 320i With ATE Caliper / With Girling Caliper 1981, Front Caliper Repair Kit by Centric®. Rebuilding a brake caliper can be an economical alternative to buying a new unit. This kit includes new OE spec seal(s) and boot(s) for...
      Saves you money and restores your caliperDesigned to meet OE quality, configuration, and fitment
      $5.26
    • (0 reviews)
      # 19148291
      BMW 320i 1981, Rear Drum Brake Hardware Kit by Centric®. Are you looking for high-quality hardware to complete your brake job? This drum brake hardware kit includes all the parts you need to make the brake system operate properly,...
      Matches original equipment parts in quality, configuration and fitmentManufactured to OE specifications
      $12.61
    • (0 reviews)
      # 20314676
      BMW 320i 1981, Replacement Front Caliper Piston by Centric®. Piston Size: 48mm (1.89"). This caliper piston is manufactured to be just like the OE part that was included with your vehicle, so you can be certain of its functionality...
      Will provide proper performance throughout the lifetime of the caliperMade from premium materials
      $16.29
    • (0 reviews)
      # 52473057
      BMW 320i 1981, Rear Drum Brake Wheel Cylinder by Beck Arnley®. For one hundred years, Beck/Arnley has been providing premium OE quality parts for vehicles. Beginning with motorcycle parts in 1914 and transitioning to import...
      OE quality products from top original equipmentTop quality materials
      $11.82
    • (0 reviews)
      # 20649114
      BMW 320i 1981, Front Brake Pad Sensor by Centric®. This sensor is manufactured under the highest quality standards to effectively monitor and determine the condition of the brake pads. With this sensor, you can make necessary...
      Made of premium quality materialsReady to install
      $5.26
    • (0 reviews)
      # 52473058
      BMW 320i 1981, Front Brake Pad Electronic Wear Sensor by Beck Arnley®. For one hundred years, Beck/Arnley has been providing premium OE quality parts for vehicles. Beginning with motorcycle parts in 1914 and transitioning to import...
      OE quality products from top original equipmentTop quality materials
      $8.20
    • (0 reviews)
      # 77531382
      BMW 320i 1981, Front Disc Brake Pad Wear Sensor by URO Parts®. Brake safely and efficiently with URO. This top-notch brake part is right what you need to optimize braking performance and let your vehicle run as it was meant to be....
      Top-notch replacement for your malfunctioning factory brake partDesigned to restore the ultimate braking experience
      $2.48
    • (0 reviews)
      # 53266636
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Electronic Brake Pad Sensor by Pex®. Position: Front. Are your brakes making noise? Is your vehicle’s stopping power not what it used to be? Brake repairs are not something that can be put off, but before you...
      OE quality parts from top original equipment and aftermarket manufacturersFast shipping; 1-2 day delivery time regardless of where you’re located
      $4.31 - $10.02
    • (0 reviews)
      # 92610855
      BMW 320i 1981, Front Disc Brake Hardware Kit by Centric®. Designed for your specific application, this kit gives you all the parts needed for a disc brake service, except for brake pads and rotors. All items are manufactured under...
      Built to precise specifications in form, fit, and functionEliminates brake noise
      $12.66 - $15.15
    • (0 reviews)
      # 19152709
      BMW 320i 1981, Rear Drum Brake Wheel Cylinder Repair Kit by Centric®. If your wheel cylinder bore is still in good shape, this repair kit is an economical alternative to a new wheel cylinder. It includes the spring, cup seals and...
      Saves you money and restores your wheel cylinderDesigned to meet OE quality, configuration, and fitment
      $11.24
    • (0 reviews)
      # 97076057
      BMW 320i 1981, Front Bleeder Screws by Dorman®. Material: Steel. Save time and money with this alternative to pressure or vacuum equipment. Engineered with a built-in check valve that eliminates the need for specialized equipment,...
      Easy, straightforward and fastStainless, brass and zinc-coated to powerfully resist corrosion and stripping
      $2.45 - $9.95
    • (0 reviews)
      # 45731632
      BMW 320i 1981, Front Brake Hose Locks by Dorman®. Color/Finish: Silver; Material: Carbon Steel. Includes: 4 Brake Hose Locks. Dorman’s Brake Hose Locks are constructed from high-quality materials for a prolonged service life....
      Effectively secures the brake hose to the vehicleCorrosion-resistant for long-lasting durability against harsh road and weather conditions
      $2.60
    • (0 reviews)
      # 97061998
      BMW 320i 1981, Front Disc Brake Hardware Kit by Dorman®. Dorman’s Disc Brake Hardware Kit is constructed from high-quality materials for a prolonged service life. Replacement restores the disc brakes to proper operation, helping...
      Corrosion-resistant for long-lasting durability against harsh road and weather conditionsReplacement prevents uneven braking and brake squeal
      $23.12 - $27.82
    • (0 reviews)
      # 45733111
      BMW 320i With 250mm (9.84") x 40mm (1.57") Brakes 1981, Rear Drum Brake Hardware Kit by Dorman®. Dorman’s Drum Brake Hardware Kits are constructed from high-quality materials for a prolonged service life. Replacement restores the...
      Corrosion-resistant for long-lasting durability against harsh road and weather conditionsReplacement prevents uneven braking
      $20.75
    • (0 reviews)
      # 57772561
      BMW 320i 1981, Brake Master Cylinder Bleeding Tool by Cardone Service Plus®. Casting Material: Plastic. 100% computer testing ensures guaranteed, consistent performance.
      100% tested to guarantee proper functionThe finest quality at a great price
      $17.73
    • (0 reviews)
      # 22731828
      BMW 320i With D174 Brake Pads 1981, Front Brake Bleeder Screw Set by Carlson®. A brake bleeder screw is normally mounted at the highest point on each cylinder or caliper and used to release air and old brake fluid from the brake...
      Releases air and fluid from the brake systemOE fit and function
      $5.64
    • (0 reviews)
      # 77675504
      BMW 320i With D174 Brake Pads 1981, Front Disc Brake Hardware Kit by Carlson®. When you are installing disc brake pads, install new hardware to ensure quiet, dependable braking performance. This kit by Carlson makes a world of...
      OE quality at an affordable priceOE fit and function
      $13.84 - $19.42
    • (0 reviews)
      # 22738551
      BMW 320i With D174 Brake Pads 1981, Front Electronic Pad Wear Sensor by Carlson®. The pad wear sensor will illuminate the brake light on the dash, alerting you that brake pad replacement is required, and allowing enough time to...
      Senses when brake pads wear outOE fit and function
      $9.88
    • (0 reviews)
      # 8787748
      BMW 320i 1981, Rear Brake Bleed Screw Dust Cap by Genuine®. Are your brakes making noise? Is your vehicle’s stopping power not what it used to be? Brake repairs are not something that can be put off, but before you waste your...
      OE quality parts from top original equipment and aftermarket manufacturersFast shipping; 1-2 day delivery time regardless of where you’re located
      $10.93
    • (0 reviews)
      # 7841016
      BMW 320i 1981, Front Caliper Repair Kit by FAG®. Are your brakes making noise? Is your vehicle’s stopping power not what it used to be? Brake repairs are not something that can be put off, but before you waste your time and gas...
      OE quality parts from top original equipment and aftermarket manufacturersFast shipping; 1-2 day delivery time regardless of where you’re located
      $28.15
    • (0 reviews)
      # 7835531
      BMW 320i 1981, Front Brake Bleed Screw by FTE®. For Ventilation Valve. Are your brakes making noise? Is your vehicle’s stopping power not what it used to be? Brake repairs are not something that can be put off, but before you...
      $6.54
    • (0 reviews)
      # 7839151
      BMW 320i 1981, Reservoir Cap Seal by FTE®. Are your brakes making noise? Is your vehicle’s stopping power not what it used to be? Brake repairs are not something that can be put off, but before you waste your time and gas running...
      $3.10
    • (0 reviews)
      # 53905144
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Booster Check Valve by ATE®. Are your brakes making noise? Is your vehicle’s stopping power not what it used to be? Brake repairs are not something that can be put off, but before you waste your time and gas...
      OE quality parts from top original equipment and aftermarket manufacturersFast shipping; 1-2 day delivery time regardless of where you’re located
      $17.30




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