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    Default 314mm Brakes Fitted

    Well, the weather was reasonable today and I didn't have anything particularly pressing to do, so finally stopped procrastinating and fitted the 314mm disks, pads and calipers I bought last month for my wife's Signum.

    No pics (sorry) but I'm sure you've all seen much prettier installations by now from other members, as I decided to leave the calipers unpainted. I was in two minds whether to paint them or not, but as they're vitually brand new and didn't need a clean-up, I decided the standard metal-look would be more discrete.

    More useful than pics, I'll instead share tips for those of you who undertake this in the future. Get a looooong bar to use as an extension for your ratchet when trying to undo the caliper retaining bolts. I had an 8 foot scaffold pole and it worked a treat.

    Also have a backup for essential tools - I had a Draper 100-piece socket set that I've had for 10-12 years, and the Halfords 150-piece set I bought a month ago has been fairly redundant until now as I always use the Draper; but after 2 pieces of the Draper broke during this job, the Halfords set was invaluable.

    I wasn't looking forward to disconnecting the brake hose from the old caliper and was expecting brake fluid to come pouring out, but clamping the brake hose worked fine. I found it useful to have a bucket under the wheel arch and let the old caliper fall into that along with what little brake fluid came out, and then used the same bucket when bleeding the brakes.

    Bleeding the brakes afterwards, using an Eezibleed kit was simplicity itself, which was a pleasant surprise, as I'd last used one of those kits over a decade ago when none of the pieces would seal properly and brake fluid went everywhere. The reliability of the Eezibleed kit seems to have improved so no such drama this time.

    End result - even before the brakes have started to bed-in, I can feel that they have more power, and thankfully no soft brake pedal dramas or bulging brake hoses.

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    you know the rules lol


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    Lol at big rich!!

    this is somethin i wanna do to my car, due to the fact that the standard brakes are complete and utter plop!

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    Agreed, whoever thought fitting brakes smaller than an Astra on the Vectra was a good idea needs shot. 285mm fronts are not adequate even at moderate speed with 4-up and luggage.

    I've seen me travelling a fair distance longer than I would have liked even with the brake pedal to the floor, just not enough braking force for 1.4t of car and another 4 fatbodies plus fatbodies luggage.

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    Nice work mate, they only get better as they bed in!

    Very good upgrade IMO, well worth the money.

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    Great stuff mate. I need to fit my 314s too so will probably do this in a couple of weeks. Cheers for the tips. Anything you think of let us know lol! How much was the eezibleed kit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by big rich View Post
    you know the rules lol


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    The 314mm brake upgrade is a rare beast now!Took me an age to find mine Steve at LMF said that they are no longer available and he sell's to the Saab dealers like parts for saabsso good luck getting yours.

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    well done mate but get out there and take some pics

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    I'm more interested in the 302mm upgrade on the front and the turbo ventilated rears, think the 314's might be too dear/difficult to get.

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