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    Is it hard to change front brakes from 302's to 314's? What i mean is it a straight swap around or do i need to change hubs etc!

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    No fella u don't need to change the hubs but you gotta have the carriers
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    What are the benefits of upgradign brakes? The limiting factor on my car is normally the friction between the tyres and the road, not the grip of the caliper on the disc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keith1983 View Post
    What are the benefits of upgradign brakes? The limiting factor on my car is normally the friction between the tyres and the road, not the grip of the caliper on the disc.
    i think abs may have something to do with it m8 lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrk View Post
    i think abs may have something to do with it m8 lol
    But ABS kicks in when you you lose traction on the road and kick in, going on that you only ever need brakes powerful enough to lock the wheel up and the ABS will do the rest. Therefore there is no benefit to bigger brakes beyond that?

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    Usual benefits that u stop quicker lol, the bigger disc and pads make it stop quicker.....

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    bigger brakes shorten braking distances fella and the oe stuff like on the vectra cdti's are pretty poor tbh and can be improved upon
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    Thanks guys, been offered a set and as previous members have said basically bigger breaks = better controlled breaking = shorter stopping distance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keith1983 View Post
    But ABS kicks in when you you lose traction on the road and kick in, going on that you only ever need brakes powerful enough to lock the wheel up and the ABS will do the rest. Therefore there is no benefit to bigger brakes beyond that?
    Less brake fade, Better brake pedal, sharper response from brakes.

    You must have terrible tyres or a fault with the abs system to lock your wheels in the dry at speeds.

    As for the 314's go for it, you won't regret it. Are you considering the 292mm rear upgrade too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by keith1983 View Post
    But ABS kicks in when you you lose traction on the road and kick in, going on that you only ever need brakes powerful enough to lock the wheel up and the ABS will do the rest. Therefore there is no benefit to bigger brakes beyond that?
    You never heard people say with bigger brakes you can brake later and harder.

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