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    Just bought a set of 3.2 gsi rear brakes, will the dust shields be ok or will i need the set that fits the gsi ones, at the moment i have standard rear brakes on a facelift sri, thanks.

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    Pretty sure you need to cut a bit off of your ones to fit them. Someone else will confirm

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    IMO if your updating the rears you should do the fronts so you don't up set the braking balance.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    done the fronts and had to cut some out of them so its probably the same,am i right.

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    You could just bin them, one of mine just squeeks!
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    make sure you tell your insurance - they will need to know.

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    When I uprated my standard SRi brakes to full 314/292 set up I kept the original dust shields with no modification required, apart from pushing them back slightly to stop rubbing on the discs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david.aka.judas View Post
    make sure you tell your insurance - they will need to know.
    And if you don't tell them, they will never, ever, ever find out, under any plausible circumstance. lol

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    okay until you had what I had....

    314mm brakes, braided hoses, had a bump, they took it to my VX bodyshop and he knew that the 314's weren't fitted to a 2.2 direct...?

    I just got a quote and braided lines made no difference to the premium but at least they are aware.

    if you use the online form on money supermarket you can play with the modifications list, there's sections for badges...lol

    there's even one for a blueprinted engine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david.aka.judas View Post
    okay until you had what I had....

    314mm brakes, braided hoses, had a bump, they took it to my VX bodyshop and he knew that the 314's weren't fitted to a 2.2 direct...?

    I just got a quote and braided lines made no difference to the premium but at least they are aware.

    if you use the online form on money supermarket you can play with the modifications list, there's sections for badges...lol

    there's even one for a blueprinted engine.
    Fair enough, but let me counter that:

    1) A bodyshop technician (not a mechanic from the service dept) knows has all the brake sizes of all Vauxhall's in his head and knows what size the 2.2 should come with?? The parts department won't even know that - you ask a parts guy for a 285mm brake disc, he isn't going to say "Right you must have a Vectra-C with a 4 cylinder engine but not the 2.0T". Instead he's going to say "285? I need to know the car and engine size before I can look up the brake size, Sir". It's very surprising that someone who doesn't work on/or fit brakes for a job knows disk or caliper sizes. Remember, there aren't any Vectra dealers, there are Vauxhall dealers, and across the whole Vauxhall range, past and present, there are dozens of different brake disk and caliper sizes.

    2) Even if the remarkably-clued-up bodyshop technician does spot that the caliper is bigger than it should be, it's not in the bodyshop's interest to point it out to the insurer and get the claim thrown out - they don't get paid if they don't do the repair. I have some experience of this from working in a claims dept a while ago. I got suspicious that a Mercedes owner who was reporting an accident had a personalised reg no. with AMG in it, so I phoned the Mercedes bodyshop he'd already taken the car to and asked them to tell me if the car had any AMG bodykit on it. The bodyshop foreman spent 10 minutes giving me the run around, from "I don't know what AMG is" to "How am I supposed to know what bits the car came with as standard when new?"

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