Brakes 1st Gen R53 Brake fluid

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    I got my ABS unit from Allmeg a few days ago, that was fast shipping. I plan on installing it this week. The R53 has Suppe Blue brake fluid in it now but I won’t be pushing it hard enough to worry about high temp fluid any more. That’s what the Helmet is for. So does anyone have a brake fluid preference?
    I know this is a little like the dreaded Oil wars!
     
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    If you are going to be changing fluid I'd go with ATE amber, same stuff different color.
     
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    Thanks guys!
     
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    Wow thanks! With those I will never worry about brake fade!!:D
     
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    When I replaced mine, I also had the “Brake Fluid Flush with ABS Cycle” procedure done. This required the MINI to be hooked up to a laptop and the ABS valves cycled and different caliper bled at different times. Lovely BMW system. While this was kinda a pain, I feel it was necessary. The brakes were perfect when finished and I have done 2-3 fluid replacements the old school way since. (But I track my MINI and replace my high temp fluid yearly)
     
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    I will be doing that. The code reader I have will do the ABS cycle. The good part is I will know I got all the air and have fresh fluid.
     
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    Would you please share the make/model of your code reader that works w/ the R53 and has this cycle in it?
     
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    There is NOTHING like an old fart being difficult on here!
     
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    Thanks @colinmini. The R53 is now my every day car, most of the hard driving is saved for the Helmet, it will be getting the high temp fluid.
     
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    Bleeding the ABS unit makes a world of difference and the Foxwell NT510 scanner does a good job. They cost around $150.
     
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    Isn't that how MA was founded? :D

    TYVM. I've put that on my Amazon wish list. I've got a cheapie ODB2 reader that I carry in the boot... this would be a nice upgrade one of these days... maybe once my wallet stops hurting from the clutch / LSD / PS Pump replacement that starts next week.
     
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    You won’t regret it. It’s a great tool right after I bought it I used it to register the battery in my wife’s R56 and my R58. That paid for it.
     

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