View Full Version : Front brake upgrade _ How to

07-28-2013, 05:59 PM
Installed my Abarth Brembo kit today. Overall pretty straight forward.

Tools needed:
12mm socket
11mm open end wrench
Needle nose pliers
19mm socket
10mm socket
14mm open end

Suggested tools to make job easier:
Impact gun
Torque wrench
Vacuum brake bleeder

1) Lift car and remove front wheels
2) Remove two brake rotor retaining pins (12mm socket)
3) Remove spring clip holding brake line and grommet (needle nose pliers)
4) Remove hard brake line fitting (11mm wrench, I capped it with a vacuum tube and a bolt in one end. A vacuum cap would be much better)
5) Remove 2 caliper attachment bolts (19mm socket, here's where the impact gun comes in handy)
6) Remove brake line clip holding line to the body (needle nose pliers)
7) Pull the entire assembly off in one piece
8) Remove 3 bolts holding on dust shield (10mm socket, dust shield needs to be removed to fit the larger rotors)
9) Clean hub






07-28-2013, 06:16 PM
Installing the new brakes is pretty much the reverse.

The new Brembo's came with pads that have wear indicators in them (the Euro cars have this feature). This was not needed, so I removed the clip and cut off the line.

1) Install the 2 disc rotor retaining pins (Torque to 12 NM, I also temporarely screwed in hand tight, the wheel bolts, to make sure everyrthing lined up)
2) Install new lines on calipers (14mm wrench)
3) Install new calipers (use blue Loctite and torque to 105 NM)
4) Install new flex line and insert clip to hold to body and spring clip

The new set up is slightly lighter in weight, despite adding an inch to the brake rotor diameter.
The stock calipers weigh 12.6 lbs, and the rotor is 13 lbs.
The Brembo caliper is only 9.8 lbs (amazing, since it's so massive looking. The rotor is 13.8 lbs, so a 2 lb saving per corner, and it's unsprung weight.






07-28-2013, 06:18 PM
Now I just have to bleed the brakes, unfortunately I have plans for dinner, so it will have to wait. A review of the performance will come later.
Anyone wanting the old rotors, calipers, and flex lines check out the classified section of the forum.

Robert Nixon
07-28-2013, 09:04 PM
Very cool, thanks for all the photos.

07-28-2013, 09:19 PM
Sticky worthy, thanks for the write-up.

07-28-2013, 10:00 PM
Sexy. How much did it set you back?

07-28-2013, 10:14 PM
Just under $2K with shipping from the UK. Ordered them from TMC.

07-28-2013, 11:21 PM
What made you go with brembo instead of wilwood? Seem to be similar in quality but wilwood is in the us and a little cheaper. Just curious. Nice upgrade regardless.!

07-28-2013, 11:39 PM
The Brembo kit is the OEM Fiat one, and I just liked the idea of that.

07-29-2013, 04:35 PM
Is it just me of does the Brembo kit look like it has more rotor area than the wilwood kit?
in the picture is "appears" to be a "bigger" brake kit..