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    Great idea! Great thread! Im looking forward to seeing how this turns out.

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    While you're at it, see if the rear rotors from the Fiat Turbo Coupe are bigger than ours, and use them in the rear with our stock calipers and custom brackets. I'll bet that's what the Tarox large rear brake kit at TMC is. I believe the rear rotors are 305s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajkirton View Post
    Just did a quick ebay search for "porsche calipers" and it brought up 996 caliper set for 379 buy it now. Those stock rotors can be had for around 200. Looking at making some brackets and having a kit for around 600 to 800......seems very doable.
    The wilwood kit isnt that much more and its lighter weight 6 piston caliper and 2piece rotor. The whole setup will weight the same as the stock setup vs adding more weight with heavy ass brembos and single piece rotors and all the leg work is done for you already. With such a light car, weight changes make a bigger difference than if it was heavier. I applaude your efforts though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ophidia31 View Post
    The wilwood kit isnt that much more and its lighter weight 6 piston caliper and 2piece rotor. The whole setup will weight the same as the stock setup vs adding more weight with heavy ass brembos and single piece rotors and all the leg work is done for you already. With such a light car, weight changes make a bigger difference than if it was heavier. I applaude your efforts though.
    The wilwoods actually weight less than the oem. The Wilwood caliper and rotor combined are roughly equal to the oem rotor by itself. The rear rotors are not that much lighter due to being vented vs solid oem, but the Wilwood caliper more than makes up for it weighing about half that of the stock caliper.
    Another benefit, all the adapters and brake hoses/lines are already made and ready to go.

    The Porsche brakes idea is awesome and I love one off custom stuff! Back in the day we used to machine to rotors off stock Fiero brakes (yes, I said..FIERO) and then press the "hub" that was left over into the larger diameter Pontiac Grand am GT brake rotors! Grind down the caliper mounts and install the grand am caliper as well. the Talk about crazy! Then we'd use the master cylinder off a full size Chevy blazer. Not as exotic as Brembos off a Porsche, but pretty cool for a bunch of guys in the 80's until the Miatas and those damn Honda S2000's started showing up at the track.
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    My goal really is tu use the stock rotor. I am just giving ideas for the bigger brake crowd.

    I have had many sets of wilwoods on previous race cars. They are wonderful calipers but i have split a few in the past and like the bulletproof build of the brembo caliper.

    I have a few calls into wilwood for a brake upgrade on the stock or stock sized rotor.
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    Wilwood has address the splitting issue and have redesigned the caliper to include a brace that connects both halves of the caliper.

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    Awesome. Thats good to know.
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    The one big problem with willwoods is that they don't have all weather boots so they don't tolerate cold/salty road weather at all (unless you somehow enjoy greasing your brakes every few weeks).

    thats why they arnt used much in Canada as much as brembos. A few willwood's have the option for weather boots, but most don't.

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