And here they are, the upgrade results.
Everything was done according to the above mentioned guide.
- Brembos with disks from the 20VT (€ 50 and a couple of beers, from a friend of a friend)
- Rebuild kit (£ 71,54 from https://caprisport.co.uk/p/fiat-tur...ld-kit-complete-with-seal-kit-2-calipers
- Steering rods, inner and outer ends ( £ 99,60 from https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/152129223801
- Hub carriers (€ 60 and a couple of beers, from a friend of a friend)
- Stainless steel braided hose, both front and rear (€ 96,50 from https://pt.helperformance.com/?___store=auto_pt_en
- 20VT LE wheels (£ 245,00 from ebay)
- Ferodo DS2500, both front and rear (€ 264,00 from https://www.oemperformance.com/home/
All the costs in pounds include the delivery costs to Portugal, which are a little bit high.
Now, what matters:
I first drove the car just after the wheel alignment. In my way home, with no time and space for the pad bedding, the only thoughts were to the money I spent...
The only positive point was the steering which I felt more precise.
Next day, first int the morning, skipping breakfast, I went for the pad bedding task. After some smoke, I got some good indicators, so it was time for breakfast.
Back to business, pads and disks look good, so it was time to validate the money spent. I used a road that I know well, with few traffic and less then few police...
First rounds, not pushing very hard. Very steady behaviour, the steering confirms the first impression and the breaking just ok. Time to lunch.
No luck for the second round. It starts raining (yes, sometimes it happens in Portugal). As my tyres are not at their best shape, I decide to stay home.
Day two, after lunch with dry road. Driving to the "test road" I found the DS2500 are better in cold than I expected (or the Brembos are making the difference?). Driving at my best in an opened road, I really noted the difference for the "old" breaks. Steady behaviour, the feeling that I can break a few meters later and the steering more precise. Ah, yes, the more I break the better it breaks...
So, the first thougth/conclusion is that the car is indeed better than before but to be true:
- I am not sure of the importance of the DS2500
- I am not sure of the state of the old breaking system and also the state of steering.
I have to say that to be sure of the validity of the upgrade, I should have first checked the old systems and try the DS2500.
So, the only thing that I am sure is that the car is even more beautiful than before. The improvement of the breaking power is a fact but not sure of what is the grade of the Brembo effect on it.
I'll post more news as I feel more comfortable with the car. I will also try to compare brakes with my son's Type R.
In the meantime, I would like to thank all the people in the Forum who. that directly or not, helped me on this task.