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    Vehicle : Vectra

    Trim : SRi

    Engine : Z20NET

    Year : 04

    Default Porsche brakes on my Vec?

    I'm thinking about combining the VXR discs which IIRC are 345mm with some Porsche Boxter S 4 pot callipers, I'm only thinking of this as I've spotted these callipers for sale somewhere, VXR discs shouldn't be too hard to obtain, I know I'd need adaptors and calliper brackets made up which again isn't too much of a trouble, plus the hose adaptors, or braided jobbies, wheels would need to be bigger than my current 17's but other than that, would there be any other real issues?

    I know there are alot of mechanical minded people floating about on here and I'd really appreciate the opinions,

    They don't HAVE to be Porsche brakes but I really fancy the idea of 4 pot brakes seeing as the wheels I'm looking at getting are 20" and would show them off nicely! and thought the Porsche ones would be a nice little feature as well as the added performance and looks, the thing is I'm not wanting to spend an absolute fortune, unfortunately
    I don't have money trees growing in the back garden like Spoons & Andy etc

    I'm just looking for the easiest solution to this, I've recently priced up a kit from Rimstyle, the Hispec monster 4 kit, which comprises of:

    Billet 4 piston callipers (In a choice of colours)
    Mounting brackets
    335mm Discs either grooved or drilled (or a combination of both for an extra £50)
    Mounting bells for discs (In a choice of colours)
    Fitting kit (i.e bolts etc.)
    Braided hoses
    EBC green stuff pads
    rear discs to match design of fronts

    That lot came to £1164.00 + they had a 0% interest free finance option, was so tempted to just go for that, get it on finance and be done with it, but a few pals have talked me out of it for now and have advised I explore other routes that could save me some big cash against that price, it was one pal who advised that I go for the VXR discs and get some callipers off something big and have the adaptors and brackets made up to match,

    Anyway, sorry for the really long post, I just wanted to be as thorough as possible to show what avenues I'vee explored thus far.

    Kev

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    Sorry if this sounds thick....

    If you were considering spending over £1100 on non-standard brakes that may quite possibly prove a nightmare to fit, why not just go for the whole VXR setup - discs, calipers, the works?

    I assume the calipers would bolt straight on in the same way the 314mm GSi upgrade do.

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    HiSpec are good kits when fitted, but sometimes getting them to fit is a PITA!

    Personally for that I would have a word with Tony @ VXRPC and see if he can do you a good discount on the Alcon 4 Pot calipers and 330mm discs supplied.



    They work a treat

    Same as fitted to my Astra.

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    Ah yes, I remember seeing these before, they look awesome mate! Will all the necessary brackets etc be supplied with that kit, also do all of those callipers have the 888 logo on them? And has anyone else off her had this Alcon kit fitted?

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    But also, I'm not really wanting to spend that much on brakes, Just briefly looking at the VXRPC website you're looking at £1590.00 fitted, I'm guessing that even if they took the labour charge for fitting off, it still won't be less that £1000.00

    I'm wanting 4 pots & bigger discs (and I know this is going to sound like a cliche') but I don't want that mega price tag that comes along with it, I'm not on an amazing salary, so I can't just splash out on things like that, as I said above, if I was going to spend that much I would just buy the Hispec kit as the company that supplies them offer interest free finance for 12 months I.E £97.00 per month if you break it up evenly, which I could easily afford, hence they'd be easily obtainable, unlike the 888 ones which I'd have to pull the cash out for there and then, I'm in no way disputing that the 888's are a cracking setup but unfortunately they come with a price tag to match, in this thread I'm trying to generate ways and means to get the same performance brakes at a lesser cost

    I have however given "Tony" @ VXRPC the benefit of the doubt, I've called and lest a message for him to call me back as there was no answer

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    Worth a call trust me, 100+ Astra owners have these fitted and love them.

    They come complete with all bits needed.

    They will still be around £1300 at a rough guess though we will see.

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    Well, couldn't speak to Tony, spoke to some other guy who said the only kit they do for the Vectra is a 6 pot kit,

    it's completely overkill for what I want anyway and @ £1950.00 fitted I'm afraid they can keep it, back to the drawing board I guess

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    On what grounds have you discounted the 314mm upgrade? Thats around £300 from LMF, it might do you as a stopgap until you decide what final setup you want.....

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    There doesn't seem any point in forking out for an extra 6mm on the diameter of the discs mate, it's a 3.2 so it already has 308mm's on

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev_A View Post
    There doesn't seem any point in forking out for an extra 6mm on the diameter of the discs mate, it's a 3.2 so it already has 308mm's on
    I think you'll find it has 314mm on it already.

    Edit: Unless yours was one of the very first 3.2 V6s - which it will be being a 2002 - in which case it will have 302mm.

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