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2001 WS6 Calipers and Rotors

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    2001 WS6 Calipers and Rotors

    Looking for a new set of Calipers and rotors for my trans am Would like to keep the price around $1500 or less any Ideas

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    Stock calipers are really not all that bad. I just upgraded our braking system with Hawk HPS pads, R1 Concepts slotted rotors and Russell braided lines. World of difference!

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    There is a guy on here who is selling full set of blue powder coated calipers for $300 I believe. look at those!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    Stock calipers are really not all that bad. I just upgraded our braking system with Hawk HPS pads, R1 Concepts slotted rotors and Russell braided lines. World of difference!
    I recently took this same advice from Jeff and got 4 cross drilled & slotted rotors, 4 sets of ceramic type pads as a package from Summit Racing Equipment.
    The parts numbers are as follows:
    Front Rotor & Pad Kit #PWR-K1547
    Rear Rotor & Pad Kit #PWR-K1568
    With shipping it cost me $328.93
    The total shipping and handling cost was only $12.95. Keep in mind that was for a total of 30 lbs.
    The brand name is Power Stop. Yes, they are made in China but appear to me to be of very good quality and certainly much more smooth than the factory brakes which only had 12K on them.
    Make sure to follow the 10 minute break in procedure and you'll be impressed.
    Also make sure you purchase synthetic brake grease and and lube all points, especially the pins which will come out very dirty. I agree that the calipers are satisfactory for most uses. PM Jeff and ask him for a picture of the calipers he refinished in the stock color of silver.
    I'm sure I was just dreaming this, but braking with reasonable pressure from, let's say, over 120mph there were no issues, no pedal vibration etc. Thank God it was only a dream. Driving like this on our interstates is considered irresponsible.
    Also Jeff's advice for braided lines from Russel, from Summit as well, will stiffen and firm up your pedal pressure. The stock rubber hoses expand under pressure and make for a softer feel.
    Go for it. You are wise to address the brake issue.
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    Or this:



    Cost me less than $600 but if you don't have 18" or bigger wheels then it won't work so the other route others have mentioned would be a better idea in that case.
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    He's a third option: UMI 93-02 GM F-Body C5 Brake Conversion Kit - With Slotted Rotor [2120B2] - $989.99 : KY SPEED, Performance Parts for Corvette, Camaro, Firebird, GTO, G8, TBSS, Mustang, Challenger, Charger

    C5 conversion kit for just under $1000. Includes hawk pads. I would also do what Jeff did and upgrade to steel braided lines.

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    Thanks guys that helped out alot!!!!!! Now just gotta find new rims and tires

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    I was thinking about upgrading my brakes also,should i start with the hoses first,i already have slotted rotors,i have to get some for the rear now,but how much does a set of braided brake lines cost roughly?

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    That is going to be on my list. Thanks, jeff

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    Note that the orientation on the front brake lines will be different than stock.

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    Even tho I dont need new calipers what would work good with with the rotors and pads you suggested earlier jeff?

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    I am using my stock calipers. No complaints with the rotors and pads -- pulls her down nice at the top of the track and I have zero fade.

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