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Need help deciding on brakes

This is a discussion on Need help deciding on brakes within the Suspension and Handling forums, part of the General Help category; I am ready to upgrade me brake rotor and calipers and need help deciding what to do. I want the ...

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    Need help deciding on brakes

    I am ready to upgrade me brake rotor and calipers and need help deciding what to do. I want the strange brakes due to the savings in weight:

    http://www.bmrfabrication.com/F-bodyBrakes.htm

    But when contacted strange, they recommend they only be used for drag racing. Well, I want to keep my car a street car. It gets driven very little on the street, maybe 2000 miles a year, but still a street car. Does anyone have experience with these brakes on a street car?

    Also, I am interested in the Wilwood brakes.

    Or maybe I should just polish the stock calipers and buy some Baer rotors.

    Help me decide:

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    if cost is not an issue, go Wilwood. . . but my opinion is for our brakes, unless your racing, upgrading stock is sufficient.

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    Well, cost is kind of an issue, but then again, its not if you know what I mean. I don't mind spending the money if its worth it, and the Wilwood brakes really look nice. But I have seen some brake calipers that are just stock, but polished up like in this web page:

    http://formula.bambeezer.com/calipers.htm

    To be honest, they look as good if not alittle better than most aftermarket calipers. But Wilwood brakes do look great also. Still can't decide...although I've almost talked myself out of the Strange Brake option due to streetability issues...

    Also, my 3rd option up there should read "Polish calipers and get some nice slotted rotors" and not Polish Rotors...not enough caffeine in my coffee this morning...
    Last edited by 408WS6; 04-22-2009 at 11:02 AM.

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    id go with polishing your stock calipers and getting a good set of rotors, like baer or brembo. use that left over money somewhere else . . . possibly suspension if you havent already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GULLETT17 View Post
    id go with polishing your stock calipers and getting a good set of rotors, like baer or brembo. use that left over money somewhere else . . . possibly suspension if you havent already.
    yeah, thats what I'm leaning towards..

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    I just did mine last weekend and I got the drilled and slotted Rotoworks rotors and Hawk pads from WS6 store.

    Only ran me $170 for all 4 rotors and $129 for all pads.

    Very happy with them and no noise or dust. They look awesome too. Hope you can see them okay.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BIG GUNS View Post
    I just did mine last weekend and I got the drilled and slotted Rotoworks rotors and Hawk pads from WS6 store.

    Only ran me $170 for all 4 rotors and $129 for all pads.

    Very happy with them and no noise or dust. They look awesome too. Hope you can see them okay.

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    looks good!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BIG GUNS View Post
    I just did mine last weekend and I got the drilled and slotted Rotoworks rotors and Hawk pads from WS6 store.

    Only ran me $170 for all 4 rotors and $129 for all pads.

    Very happy with them and no noise or dust. They look awesome too. Hope you can see them okay.

    Click for full size
    damn those do look good! I was wondering how those discs were. I guess the only difference between them and the Baers is the name. Its one of those cases where you pay out the wazzu just for a name if you buy Baer. If you can get a close-up shot I would greatly appreciate it. They do look good though. I'll check it out...

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    do the CTS-V conversion IMO

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    if you have 18+ rims

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iyyob View Post
    do the CTS-V conversion IMO
    Agreed. As long as your wheels spokes clear the caliper, its an awesome yet very cost effective upgrade. Obviously you would need 18" wheels minimum.
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    The problem is that I also have 15" bogarts that I use for racing. So any brakes requiring rims greater than 15" are out.

    I've made my decision and just ordered a set of drilled/slotted rotors from ws6store just like Big Guns. Then, I'll just polish the calipers. Thanks for the help on my decision!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 408WS6 View Post
    The problem is that I also have 15" bogarts that I use for racing. So any brakes requiring rims greater than 15" are out.

    I've made my decision and just ordered a set of drilled/slotted rotors from ws6store just like Big Guns. Then, I'll just polish the calipers. Thanks for the help on my decision!
    15" wheels will fit over the stock LS1 brakes?? I thought for sure the smallest you could go was 16".

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    Quote Originally Posted by GULLETT17 View Post
    my opinion is for our brakes, unless your racing, upgrading stock is sufficient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wesman View Post
    15" wheels will fit over the stock LS1 brakes?? I thought for sure the smallest you could go was 16".
    They are Bogarts, they were especially designed to fit over stock LS1 brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 408WS6 View Post
    They are Bogarts, they were especially designed to fit over stock LS1 brakes.
    Gotcha, that makes sense then.

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    I would go with C5 Z06 best bang for the buck.. And better than most aftermarket rotors that stay stock size. With the C5 Z06 brakes you get a slightly bigger rotor up front too. If you are not running 15's up front then that would be the deal.

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    i'd go for hawk HPS pads they stoped me from 135 no fade.

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