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Fast Brakes? Brake Upgrade

Discussion in 'Wheels / Suspension / Tires / Brakes' started by m90polk, Sep 12, 2008.

  1. m90polk

    m90polk Member

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    I don't know if anyone has heard of or used a FastBrakes brake kit up grade. Anyways I was looking at purchasing their upgrade kit which upgrades to 11" rotors and 4 piston calipers all for under $700 which is a pretty good deal. But I was wondering if anyone has used their products or has any positive or negative feedback regarding this company, just trying to do some research before I spend that much.

    Link to their site---> FastBrakes - Upgrade your brakes - Big brake kits - Improve your braking
     
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    I have their over sized kit on my car... It uses a vw corrado rotor and a gsr caliber with a adaptor to move the caliper out... I really kit tell a difference other than looks... But what you are getting is way different than mine... You should feel a huge difference and I have talked with the guy that ownes fast brakes... Super guy... I would buy from them
     
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    Do you know what type of setup he is running and on what type of car?Also what is the primary use of the car?
     
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    Are your wheels going to fit over 11 inch rotors?
     
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    No my stock ones won't..currently got them 13's on it now but i was looking to purchase this brake kit over the winter and then purchase some 15" slipstreams and install it all for the summer...smallest the kit will fit is 14x7 wheels according to the site.
     
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    maybe it would be cheaper to try and adapt a bigger OEM brake to your car.

    ive got eclipse GSX two-pot calipers up front (276mm) and GVR4 discs in the back (260mm). i think total cost was about $600 for the upgrade, but then i upgraded to 4x114 hubs as well :)
     
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    What do you mean by brake, the caliper itself or the rotor and caliper???....the kit upgrades to 11" rotors and 4 piston calipers which is pretty good
     
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    calipers/rotors/pads dee.
     
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    Yeah i see what your saying about just getting some other manufacturers brake setup and upgrade the brakes that way....but for not much more than you spent I can get something specific for my car, brand new and has all the necessary hardware included to install it....that is what is really pushing me to want this kit because of the price and what you get a similar willowood kit or brembo is well over $1k:rolleyes:.... I'm surprised more people haven't found out about this kit and used it.
     
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    A lot of people know about Fastbrake's kits. They had a lot of attention a couple of years ago. The Fastbrake kits are pretty much Wilwood setups pieced together.

    It doesn't get as much attention now because people are doing the "Honda BBK" which consists of piecing calipers and rotors from other cars.

    ie. For my car(10.3" rotors stock..I'm using 91 EX knuckles), I could go 11" by just switching to Prelude VTEC/Accord Wagon calipers and redrilling the rotors to 4x100 pattern.
     
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    think maintenance too. how much are those rotors and pads going to cost to replace?
     
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    That seems kinda steep but you also have to think about the performance that they can deliver when you need them the most....when I spend money on my car if it is for something that will make it better I don't mind spending extra for quality and performance
     
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    In terms of performance, I believe the pads are about the same size as the ITR's or even smaller. What you're really after with the Wilwood kit is the 4-piston calipers. I believe there was some issues with it warping or something like that a while back but don't know if it got fixed. A lot of people seem to prefer the Nissin/Spoon 4-piston calipers though...but of course they cost a lot. Stoptech's are pretty nice too but they too cost a lot.

    Also, what car is this going in? When looking for performance, you have to look at it as an overall package. Buying the "best" of one component, which may not work well with another, would probably mean less performance than if you were to just change the pads. It's like running 13" 6-piston brakes but also using 195/60-14 all-season tires.
     
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    It's going to be going on a 1990 hatchback and i'll be running some Axis OG series 15"x8" wheels (don't know exactly which ones as of yet) and it will be a 205/50-15 tire....the rear brakes would stay as drums if i were to get this setup because there would be no necessity in converting those to disc if almost 90% weight transfer is to the front wheels when stopping
     
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    i read that article in honda tuning magazine a couple years back...always wanted to try it.
     
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    The point of disc is not braking power, but cooling. IIRC drums have more braking power than discs.

    What type of racing are you doing? Larger brakes will slow you down in straight line/drag racing(larger rotor=more weight/inertia), and added unsprung weight... but make up in road course where brake overheating/fading is an issue.

    Most of the Honda race cars usually have just upgraded pads, stainless steel brake lines, and grippy tires,
     
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    It's for auto-x.....right now I just have 9.75" (stock size) drilled and slotted rotors up front and some green stuff pads, they are definietly a huge improvement over the stock disc which tended to get brake fade quite a bit. I'm just looking to see if I can improve my braking capabilities over the setup that I currently have.
     
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    for autox i would swap out to some brembo blank rotors and hawk haps pads. you would be good to go with minimal cost.
     
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    Yeah thats true but it's pretty much the same setup I have now anyways, I'm probably just better off keeping what I got....doesn't seem like too many people are in favor of the big brake kit, an thats why I posted to see if it's worth it or not
     
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    the only reasons i swapped up were because the GSX/GVR4 brakes were the same as the early EVO ones.
     
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