Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: South Australia
Re: xp coupe restore
I have heaps to say on this issue, Ill try and jam as much as possible into the one post. (as im new I dont know if this is bad policy, so please let me know if I have annoyed anyone) Ill say more in another post if you need more info :) ..
I am going through the dilemma of exactly what to do regarding brakes etc for my XP utility..
I've seen some CRS components, there really good. I have their dropped spindles in my ute.(well its sitting next to the old girl in the shed to be installed at the same time as my new engine..)
If you get the CRS dropped spindles, ask if you can get the HQ drum brake versions, then a shop called Rod Tech here in Adelaide, can supply you with a set of VT hubs which you can run VT brakes on. This is pretty cool.
I didnt do this though because some people say the CRS kit ruins your suspesion geometry and that the only way to go is the RRS kits. But then the RRS kit is 4K (plus extras) while the CRS kit is about 1K (all up and on the road).
So far I have decided to stick with the CRS dropped spindle kit (cost me ~400 of a mate) also I have a CRS HQ-WB spindle to XF falcon disk conversion, to give bigger disks and keep my stud pattern (this uses HQ-WB PBR calipers)
So although I have heard the CRS kit has limitations, I dont care and the extra cost/effort/feedback of the RRS kit just didnt make sense to me at this stage. (I know they are really good, but I cant afford that..)
Maybe once I drive the car around with the CRS kit for 6 months and decide its bad, you guys might find a whole heap of stuff on ebay :) and then I'll buy an RRS kit :) haha..
I also have a CRS rack an pinion kit, but am reluctant to fit this due to road worthyness as Im not sure if thats modding the car a little bit too much..
Regarding your booster, she wont fit on your fire wall unless you go notching your shock towers, which then requires a RRS suspension kit. So the only way to go is with a remote booster like a VH40. I bought mine on Ebay fully rebuilt for 299 (including delivery). This seems expensive, but an unrestored ones go for $80 and it costs around $240 at power brakes in North Adelaide to rebuild a booster, so really 299 was cheap for me.
If you do choose to notch your shock towers, I believe you can then fit a big big engine in that engine bay, but why bother, you have the 302, and that is already too much engine for such a light car :)
One point to note: In my state I cannot install an injected 302 into my XP. They'll let me run a supercharged 2v headed injected 200 (without inspection!!!), but not an injected 302.. Its nuts.., but if your long term goal was to fit an injected inlet onto your block (which would be suuuuper cool) then maybe you need to look into this now during your planning stage and speak to a RTA approved engineer.