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    cts-v brake mod

    I have been thinking about doing the cts-v brake mod and was wondering if it is really worth it and can you do it to both the front and rear? I know it has been done to the front. One other thing anyone know a place that does powder coating and how much it costs?

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    I heard it's pretty simple, and there was an article in GMHTP a few months ago with some really detailed steps. The only problem I foresee for me is that you need 18" wheels up front to make them fit, and I really like my 17" wheels, so I went with the C5 brake upgrade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98TransAmWs-6 View Post
    I have been thinking about doing the cts-v brake mod and was wondering if it is really worth it and can you do it to both the front and rear? I know it has been done to the front. One other thing anyone know a place that does powder coating and how much it costs?
    You can only install the CTS-V brakes on the front, the rears are totally different and will not bolt up.

    Here's my thread on how to do it:

    CTS-V Install w/ pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wesman View Post
    You can only install the CTS-V brakes on the front, the rears are totally different and will not bolt up.

    Here's my thread on how to do it:

    CTS-V Install w/ pics
    Thanks, is there any brake upgrade that I can do to the back? It will look weird with big rotors and cts-v calipers just up front and stock sized rotors and calipers in the back
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    Quote Originally Posted by 98TransAmWs-6 View Post
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    Thanks, is there any brake upgrade that I can do to the back? It will look weird with big rotors and cts-v calipers just up front and stock sized rotors and calipers in the back
    You can do big brake kit front and back but it'll cost you more.

    I've seen guys put on C6Z06 big brakes on 4th gen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 98TransAmWs-6 View Post
    Thanks, is there any brake upgrade that I can do to the back? It will look weird with big rotors and cts-v calipers just up front and stock sized rotors and calipers in the back
    IMO, not really. I think it looks fine, but then again, I'm a car guy and I know that the fronts do a large majority of the stopping power. I'm not saying rear brakes don't matter, but I wouldn't waste money upgrading them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ls1camino View Post
    IMO, not really. I think it looks fine, but then again, I'm a car guy and I know that the fronts do a large majority of the stopping power. I'm not saying rear brakes don't matter, but I wouldn't waste money upgrading them.
    I know rear brakes don't do as much when it comes to stopping but I want to upgrade them for looks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98TransAmWs-6 View Post
    I know rear brakes don't do as much when it comes to stopping but I want to upgrade them for looks.
    Are you ever going to run drag wheels? If you do, the stock calipers need to be ground down, no telling what will have to be done with bigger calipers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ls1camino View Post
    IMO, not really. I think it looks fine, but then again, I'm a car guy and I know that the fronts do a large majority of the stopping power. I'm not saying rear brakes don't matter, but I wouldn't waste money upgrading them.
    Quote Originally Posted by ls1camino View Post
    Are you ever going to run drag wheels? If you do, the stock calipers need to be ground down, no telling what will have to be done with bigger calipers.
    No I don't plan on running drag radials.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98TransAmWs-6 View Post
    Thanks, is there any brake upgrade that I can do to the back? It will look weird with big rotors and cts-v calipers just up front and stock sized rotors and calipers in the back
    The stock rear brakes on our cars are already quite large as is. They use 12" vented rotors with PBR calipers, which is an excellent setup.

    With the front 14" rotors and 4 pistons calipers it looks quite balanced actually.

    If you just want the looks, you'll have to buy an aftermarket kit of some kind that will probably run you a few grand. Some people have had success using the C6 Z06 rear brakes (as was mentioned) but it requires a custom bracket from Kore3, the calipers, pads, and hardware are very expensive, you may have pad knockback issues, and they will not match at all if you do CTS-V brakes up front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wesman View Post
    The stock rear brakes on our cars are already quite large as is. They use 12" vented rotors with PBR calipers, which is an excellent setup.

    With the front 14" rotors and 4 pistons calipers it looks quite balanced actually.

    If you just want the looks, you'll have to buy an aftermarket kit of some kind that will probably run you a few grand. Some people have had success using the C6 Z06 rear brakes (as was mentioned) but it requires a custom bracket from Kore3, the calipers, pads, and hardware are very expensive, you may have pad knockback issues, and they will not match at all if you do CTS-V brakes up front.
    Well if it actually does look balanced I'll leave the rears alone except for getting stainless steel brake lines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 98TransAmWs-6 View Post
    Well if it actually does look balanced I'll leave the rears alone except for getting stainless steel brake lines.
    Good idea...makes a world of difference, trust me

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