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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-22-2013, 06:55 AM Thread Starter
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Question About Upgrading Front Brakes

So it's almost time to replace my front pads and rotors, and I got to thinking. If, for whatever reason, I decide to upgrade my calipers pads and discs to something a little beefier, (say, Brembo) will I run a greater risk of brake lock up on my non ABS car? I tend to be a little harder on my brakes than the average motorist, so this would be a major concern, as I really hate when inertia takes control of my car (he's a real crappy driver!) Thanks.

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You are not gonna need brembos (brembros as blackbalt calls it) unless you're running a lot of power or you're on a road course. Stainless lines, slotted rotors, hawk pads are a great combination and will have a small chance of locking up

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Brembos might not fit inside your existing rims. Just go for high end rotors (they have anti rust treatment)(they still rust but slower) and a good set of "Adaptive One" with new stainless guides. Clean and lub everything to specs and you'll have great brakes.

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Good advice, writing that down, thanks!

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The brembo brakes really don't provide any more braking force than the stock lsj brakes. They are much more resistant to fade than the stock brakes.
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It also won't do any good to upgrade to a BBK unless you're running decently wider rims/rubber than what the car came with stock, to put that braking power down and actually notice a difference you need a larger contact patch.

If there are other GM calipers that have more pistons than your stock calipers that will fit your car, that would be a good upgrade. And as others have said get yourself a good set of pads. If you do go with slotted rotors, just make sure the slots are the same direction on both sides of the rotor, otherwise most shops will not turn them for you should they get warped.

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Brembos might not fit inside your existing rims. Just go for high end rotors (they have anti rust treatment)(they still rust but slower) and a good set of "Adaptive One" with new stainless guides. Clean and lub everything to specs and you'll have great brakes.
this. I have those pads and some nice ebc rotors and they treat me very well.

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i'm confused.
you're talking about selling your car, but you're still upgrading it!
MAKE UP YOUR MIND!!! :P


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i'm confused.
you're talking about selling your car, but you're still upgrading it!
MAKE UP YOUR MIND!!! :P
Ha, I'm at a proverbial fork in the road and I can go either way. Cut my losses and sell the car or ride out the wave to the great scrapheap in the sky. Gotta do it as safely as possible if I go down that route lol

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I wouldn't worry about upgrading brakes unless your dead serious about pushing power. Im not talking about Header, Intake, and Exhaust combo, more like laying down another 100hp and tq to your car. Otherwise, just get better brake pads if daily driven.

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