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Old 11-06-2002, 13:22   #1 (permalink)
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Question Improving Brakes

I have a ED wagon with ABS and I was wondering if anyone has an idea of how to improve the braking performance. The last pad change I used a premium brake pads and that improved the feel and performance a little but I am after something more substantial.

Is there a disc/caliper kit that bolts on or do I just change the discs? Anyone who has changed the discs, what type and brand and how big of an improvement was there? Costs?

Thanks in advance for any help.
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Old 11-06-2002, 16:07   #2 (permalink)
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Put Bendix Ultimates on my AUII XR8 which made about 50% improvement to stopping power.

Then put quality DBA slotted rotors on the front only which made about the same level of improvement again.

Just have to put up with the brake dust which appears very quickly and traces will even end up down the side of the car without heavy braking.

No need to go to bigger discs imo unless your doing regular track work.
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I couldn't remember the type of pad I put in but it is the same, Bendix Ultimates. Like I said, it made an improvement but I am looking for more (I live in the Adelaide Hills) :S:

How much were the new rotors?
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Not sure of exact prices for your car, but DBA Rotors start at around $90 each (plus fitting). I found that I had to ring a couple of brake places and get some quotes - there was a $50 difference between places, and that was without labour! I think even Supercheap Autos do DBA brakes - why not try them if you are going to fit them yourself?
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Old 11-06-2002, 20:55   #5 (permalink)
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EBC Greenstuff pads are bloody good , and cheap...

"This pad features a high Kevlar content formulation resulting in an ultra high performance road pad which is extremely kind to discs. With a friction co-efficient of around 0.46 and high resistance to brake fade (550 C) this pad is a superb upgrade for high performance street cars, high speed freeway use and consecutive heavy braking. "

http://www.apexactive.com/ebc.html - you can get them off this guy , his name is Doug....
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I'll second the Greenstuff as being excellent, they don't make a lot of dust either.

However I wouldn't call them "cheap"- mine were $210 for the fronts.....

http://www.ebcbrakes.com.au/
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umm i paid $140 for the fronts on an AUII XR VCT......

i do know the guy tho....
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Thanks for the info.
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sloted all round soft pads brake mint make the mags dirty but.
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