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    New Brake Setup Needed

    I need brakes front and rears in the worst possible way. The main purpose of my bird is 50% Sunday driver and 50% drag racing. I am running the stock 16" wheels but would like to put some larger rotors on and don't mind buying new wheels to accommodate them.

    I was hoping someone here could give me a good idea of a quality setup. I don't mind paying money for quality because I find if I buy subpar that I end up paying twice anyhow.

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    Or you could upgrade to c-5 brakes and keep the smaller wheels. I know people in the 10's and lower on stock calipers, what happened?

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    Quote Originally Posted by c5z28 View Post
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    Or you could upgrade to c-5 brakes and keep the smaller wheels. I know people in the 10's and lower on stock calipers, what happened?
    He has 16s the c5 upgrade require 17s so either way he is going to have to get bigger wheels. I would personally do the cts-v swap, I may be biased though. Especially since that's what I am doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98TransAmWs-6 View Post
    He has 16s the c5 upgrade require 17s so either way he is going to have to get bigger wheels. I would personally do the cts-v swap, I may be biased though. Especially since that's what I am doing.
    I wouldn't want to be rollng around on 18's just to make the cts-v's fit for a drag setup. At the time I was running 13's 18's from 16's added .2et to my time. Gone to the track and see people on stock calipers running 9's and 10's, certainly not good for road racing but enough for drag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by c5z28 View Post
    I wouldn't want to be rollng around on 18's just to make the cts-v's fit for a drag setup. At the time I was running 13's 18's from 16's added .2et to my time. Gone to the track and see people on stock calipers running 9's and 10's, certainly not good for road racing but enough for drag.
    All I was saying that if it were me and I was going to have to get new wheels either way(if not sticking with stock calipers) I would get the cts-v brakes, but then again I am setting my car up mostly for autox, but plan on doing some drag. That and if he wants superior braking and larger rotors, the cts-v brakes with z06 rotors would be the way to go. Maybe not if he plans on running drag radials though.
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    I agree for bigger rotors for the twisties

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    If you want a quick up grade you can get a whole c5 upgrade kit right from UMI performance. but there are a couple wheels it wont work with due to backspacing, and its only like 900 bucks or something like that.

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    Braided brake lines should help too.

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    Why not try wilwood they would do a kit that fits I mod alot of them to fit on our holdens down here my drag car has 15s cheap for slicks runs 9 n/a with a Holden v8 In it an has wilwoods pulling it up just make sure to pick a pad that suit your app

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    Quote Originally Posted by 383vxgts View Post
    Why not try wilwood they would do a kit that fits I mod alot of them to fit on our holdens down here my drag car has 15s cheap for slicks runs 9 n/a with a Holden v8 In it an has wilwoods pulling it up just make sure to pick a pad that suit your app
    I am pretty sure the wilwood kit is crazy expensive. I know I have seen it for $3k to me that is outrageous for a brake upgrade kit.

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    They more there than here then we pay around 1000 for a front only four pot set up fits under 16

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    Quote Originally Posted by 383vxgts View Post
    They more there than here then we pay around 1000 for a front only four pot set up fits under 16
    It also depends on what you need the set up for, for drag under 16s are awesome but for autox that doesn't matter so much. I got the cts-v brake set up for under $700.

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