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    Cool FAO: Ian-Highlander. And anyone else interested in brakes...

    Ok, after last sunday's escapades on Bruntingthorpe airfield's runway, which included me almost taking out Ian's estate because my crappy standard brakes faded after on lap of the track, I knew I had to upgrade them.

    Actually, I'd been planning on it since before I'd even got this car, as I saw a set of 314mm calipers on eBay from Neo Brother's about the time I'd decided I was going to change it. After that it was simply a case of keeping an eye for the discs and pads.

    At least, that was the plan till I saw some 2.8 Elite hubs from a scrappies on eBay, confirmed they were the 292mm vented rears and had them too...

    They would have been fitted earlier but work got in the way, so today I finally got round to it. Was considering doing another time lapse video but I couldn't be bothered, and everyone's seen brakes changed before so I just got on with it...

    Costs involved....

    Front 314mm calipers and carriers: £99, Neo Brothers through eBay
    Front Discs: £45 from a VX dealership through eBay
    Rear 292mm calipers and carriers: £90 from a scrappies through eBay
    Rear disc and pad kit: £48 from a VX dealership through eBay
    Front pads: Splashed out on greenstuff for £80 after the savings made above.

    I got some Hel braided hoses too only to find they suffer from the same problem as the Goodridge ones - someone thinks they're 12mm banjos AND 10mm, and not 12mm all round...

    So I've fitted the rear hoses and will change the fronts when the replacements arrive.

    Total cost: about 420 quid including some dot 5 brake fluid which deseprately needing judging by the colour of it...

    They got a sand down and a coat of paint but luckily the wheels will hide most of it - if you want something done properly, give it to a professional.....

    One of the front disc retaining screws refused to budge and then rounded off, so that was dremelled out and I shall get a new one tomorrow. It's staying on axle stands tonight so no-one can nick it...






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    Those banjo sizes must have been one off **** up my little 4 eyed friend as mine was the first set done as a development set and they were fine, nice work there as usual.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by lizard View Post
    Those banjo sizes must have been one off **** up my little 4 eyed friend as mine was the first set done as a development set and they were fine, nice work there as usual.....
    I'd hoped as you had done the first set they'd be the right size mate, but something's gone wrong somewhere it would seem. Just means more bleeding further down the line...

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    I'll give Ben a call tomorrow and get it sorted...

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    You mean it's safe to go round Brunty with you again sometime now?

    Good work mate, a very worthwhile upgrade

    Wondering if the difference in sizes on the hoses is a preface/facelift thing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian-Highlander View Post
    You mean it's safe to go round Brunty with you again sometime now?

    Good work mate, a very worthwhile upgrade

    Wondering if the difference in sizes on the hoses is a preface/facelift thing?
    Yes, as long as I stay on the outside of you this time instead of having to go up the inside and onto your rear seats...

    The calipers and hoses are the same on the pre/post facelift mate - this has happened eery time I've ordered braided hoses (good ridge/Hel) except when I spoke to one comapny and made sure they changed them before sending them out. With Goodridge the rears were wrong, and with Hel it's the fronts, so god knows what the problem is...

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    Nice work mate, I have got some 314's now thanks to dannysport18, is there any how2's on changing calipers/bleeding brakes?

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    Can you give a link to the brake calipers on Ebay please?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazza4 View Post
    Can you give a link to the brake calipers on Ebay please?
    Check out Neo Brother's ebay page mate, might be the best place to start...

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