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Big Brake Kits & brake mods...

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    www.stoptech.com .....search products and then 2004 Scion tC.....why they have it as a 2004 i don-t know.....anyway there apparently IS a big brake kit available NOW for the tC......its $1795.....if the pic on that page works for anyone lemme know cuz I couldn-t see it....also what does everyone think of stoptech-s products? Are they worth it?
    Pic doesnt work for me either...I believe Stoptech is credible, not certain though. I know that Rotora has had a kit out for a short time and they are a good company Rotora Big Brake kitI found a little Stoptech info... Here
    Hmmm....the Rotora kit is definitely something to consider as well..........I don-t know a whole lot about braking systems so if anyone can tell any advantages of one of these kits over the other please point them out! baaaaaaaahhh more hours I-ll have to work.....lol
    I decided a big brake kit is not my thing....I read several post on SL regarding brake upgrades and such and figured I would do rotors, pads, lines, and fluid and call it a day...This is what I purchased today...Front RotorsRear RotorsThe set of 4 cost $341(Free shipping, No tax)And...Front pads Rear pads UPDATE: For some reason the rear pads do not work on the tC right now, so I went with some performance axxis pads(the nice ones) SS lines... www.techna-fit.com the tC is not on-line, but just called in. *Noted: the Celica GT-S are spec-d like our cars in case one didnt know**Power Slot purchased the AEM Big Brake Kit product line*http://www.aempower.com/product_brake.asp
    Sin...won-t those rotors only help your brakes to resist fade, say if you autocross?? I don-t see how same size rotors only slotted are going to improve actual stopping distance......that-s what-s important to me.....my face going *SPLAT* on the windshield when I jam on the brakes.. Those rotors are the same size right? Otherwise they-d come w/ equip to relocate the calipers....
    stopping on a dime wouldn-t have it any other way
    I could never see myself spending a min of 1500 dollars for a full brake upgrade....Brakes are not my expertise, so I just did a search over their and found a couple of threads started by -premier- and thought that these mods are what I-m looking for...Hopefully it works out for me...sin
    I had Hawk performance pads on my MR2, they definitely have more bite and reduce fade, but I put them on at the same time as brembo slotted and dimpled rotors
    I would much rather spend approx $350 for some nice rotors @ all 4 corners than $1500 for monster brakes just up front......but will just those rotors/pads provide a decent increase in stopping power? If so, then that-s the way I-d go too
    -bofett5- wrote:
    I would much rather spend approx $350 for some nice rotors @ all 4 corners than $1500 for monster brakes just up front......but will just those rotors/pads provide a decent increase in stopping power? If so, then that-s the way I-d go too
    Definately should knowing what I have read. The brake lines will be the big ticket too. No more squishy pedal when I brake. Stainlesss steel lines compared to stock expanding rubber lines will allow that fluid to get their in a hurry
    How will they help you stop faster? Do you have a link to the material that you said you were reading? $350 > $1500.........lmao...it makes sense!
    -bofett5- wrote:
    How will they help you stop faster? Do you have a link to the material that you said you were reading? $350 > $1500.........lmao...it makes sense!
    View the 2 topics by -premier- and the 1 by -jmack-Brake Topics
    Why not get these instead? Should help w/ lower braking distances even more right?http://www.buybrakes.com/...kes.com/store/29-610Those seem much more worthwile to me......those rotors w/ the hawk pads should stop you pretty quick..........when you guys refer to these SS brake lines......they-re just a small segment of the line which connects to caliper right? The lines running from the master cylinder are METAL already right? They SHOULD be.... :frown:oooo window tinter......lol
    I saw those, but thats over 1000 bucks for just those...I-m sure they-d be great!!!...I spent $620 total for my items and that was enough for me As far as the lines..thats right
    That is alot of money, I was thinking I-d just do the front big brake upgrade rotors and leave the rears alone for now.......would that somehow -unbalance- the car/brakes in any way? 80% stopping force in front is alrdy unbalanced....lol I-m not so much concerned with brake fade as I am w/ stopping LIKE THAT *snaps fingers* lmao
    BBK are a waste of money unless have a lot of power and you do track events where you really put a lot of heat into your brakes.Even then, usually a high performance brake pad will be more than enough for street/track use.Cross-drilled and slotted rotors increase the probability of the rotor developing cracks and you will also have difficulty getting them resurfaced later down the road. Their extra cost doesn-t justify the benefit over normal blanks.You are not going to cook your brakes autocrossing, especially in a 160hp car.The benefit you street users of BBKs are getting are solely visual.Read1Read2Read3Read4
    -Pump- wrote:
    The benefit you street users of BBKs are getting are solely visual.
    All good, valid points Pump. But don-t rule out that some out there are in fact getting them for looks. Also, engine power isn-t the determining factor for how functional your brakes are. How fast you are going is what determines that. If I have had a theoretical 500hp car and was slowing and stopping from a starting point of 70mph, and another car that is 100hp and was doing the same maneuver, both with stock and bbk trials ... the engine hp is not going to make a difference how fast I can slow down. The brakes and tires are.But yes, the more powerful car is going to have higher top speed and therefore make better use of the BBK overall.
    The SSBC big brake kits for the celica gt-s will work on our car.Coporate told my sponser it will work. Just relaying a message for those who want affordable big brake kits.My sponser also gave me a vendor account. So I technically sell them if anyone-s interested.
    -Pump- wrote:
    BBK are a waste of money unless have a lot of power and you do track events where you really put a lot of heat into your brakes.
    Less we forget, most BBK have aluminum hats and have a significant (UNSPRUNG) weight savings over stock rotors
    Aluminum hats are towards the center region of the axle/hub assembly, you still have all that rotor weight towards the outside, which adds unsprung weight and moves it outward, making it more difficult to spin the wheels. It-s equivalent to getting a larger diameter wheel. It-s more difficult for the vehicle to accelerate it, not to mention most BBKs require you to run larger diameter wheels too. So lets see, you-re adding more weight further away from the hub center in the brake rotor assembly and on the wheel. So you-re taking two steps back to take one maybe step forward ( see those articles i posted up). Sure on a 500hp Vette etc. you-re not going to notice those two steps back, but on a 160hp car, you-re going to notice it, and don-t tell me the power increase of adding I/H/E justifies the upgrade. Turbo is another story.
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