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Front brakes - including calipers #1624237
22/08/2018 21:40
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I need to get my front brakes sorted, either by refurbishing the existing calipers or upgrading to something better. I'm happy with 16inch wheels and trying to resist going bigger in terms of both wheels and brakes - looking for options I found this K-Sport brake kit https://www.dcperformance.co.uk/cheap/648497/fiat/k-sport-front-big-brake-kit/fi02-304x28.html so wondered if anyone has any experience of it?

For less money I could get my calipers refurbished and some CL pads - as the car is used for hillclimbs a good performance from cold is ideal but they never get overly hot as there is limited braking and I only do one run (70 seconds if I'm lucky) per hour.

Any thoughts appreciated.


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Re: Front brakes - including calipers [Re: andyps] #1624241
23/08/2018 08:38
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Standard calipers, with the right discs and pads will be fine - no need to spend a small fortune on new calipers.

You just need something that bites at low temperatures. Pagid Blue is my normal "everyday pad" recommendation (ie it doesn't need loads of heat to give good braking)

However, you might want to do some research on CarboTech (XP8 or XP10) - I had some once and they were epic, but they absolutely trashed the cheap discs I was running at the time


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Re: Front brakes - including calipers [Re: andyps] #1624245
23/08/2018 09:45
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Thanks Nigel. Having also posted in the Facebook group and receiving advice there I'm definitely thinking of getting a spare set of calipers I have rebuilt and upgrading pads and fluid, then probably going for the floating discs you've mentioned before as the next upgrade.


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Re: Front brakes - including calipers [Re: andyps] #1624385
26/08/2018 22:51
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Andy i have a set of stripped and rebuilt calipers just placed for sale on alfabook with braided hoses £180 +15 postage finished in red.
Pm me if you want pics etc

Re: Front brakes - including calipers [Re: Benharris24] #1624394
27/08/2018 11:31
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Are they Coupe 20VT calipers Ben? Who did the rebuild?


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Re: Front brakes - including calipers [Re: andyps] #1624406
27/08/2018 17:06
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156 Gta 305s which are the same as coupe 20vts rebuild and painted by an ex alfa specialist
Should be a decent replacement

Re: Front brakes - including calipers [Re: andyps] #1624420
27/08/2018 20:48
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With brembo decals, Alfa Romeo, or blank?


1996 Portofino 20vt & 2000 Pearl White Plus
1985½ & 2016 2017 Fiat 124 Spider + XF Sportbrake
Re: Front brakes - including calipers [Re: andyps] #1624421
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