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I noticed that now the 2005 new Roadster come with the brembo pack ($1000 difference) upgrade package :F-you: . Do anyone know that this option can be upgrade onto the 2004 model? I have ask nissan dealer, the parts for the brembo upgrade alone cost $20,000. Includes front and rear brake kits, master cylinder, VDC..etc. That is crazy. Any help? the only thing missing in the roadster is the Big Brembo. :doh:

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I noticed that now the 2005 new Roadster come with the brembo pack ($1000 difference) upgrade package

I'm pretty sure that the Brembos now come standard with the Roadster (ie. no cost extra).

I have ask nissan dealer, the parts for the brembo upgrade alone cost $20,000.

It should not be that much aftermarket ... you get replace the rotors as well as calipers for around $8000 (front and back) and you get something similar (or maybe even better) than what the Track has.

front and rear brake kits, master cylinder, VDC..etc.

lol, they want money for VDC? I'd ask them how much extra for NOT fittting it?
 

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$8-20K for a brake upgrade sounds spastic!!!!!

Why upgrade the brakes unless you are going to track it?

The standard brakes do just as well as the brembo's in normal or spirited driving. I believe there is only 1 or 2 feet difference in stopping distance between the two, the only problem is brake fade but this would only really occur on continous hard braking like track work.

If you really want to throw away cash (you will never recover it when selling) try bringing the Stoptech brakes from the states.
 

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Yeah, why would I want the VDC? I don't particularly want the TCS!

In the end, they're identical to the R34 GT-R brakes, which people have fitted on everything from Silvias to other brands of cars. Its not absolutely necessary to have VDC to use a different set of calipers and rotors for them to work on a Z33.

I want to do a brake upgrade on my car as well, but I think I'll skip the factory Brembos and go for multi-pot AP Racing or Wilwood.
 

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Check out Racebrakes in North Melbourne. They've got a complete front kit sitting there that someone ordered and didn't get installed. It's complete with rotors, lines, 4 piston callipers, installation - THE LOT - $3500.
 

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I phoned them up, the brake kit is just the front and they are only 4 piston calipers on 13" rotors. The mounting plates arent made yet so they need a Zed in melbourne to work on for a while to complete them.

For reference:

Willwood 13" Front and Rear is AU$3623 not imported.
Willwood 14" 6 Pistons Front and 4 Piston Rear AU$4520 not imported.
Grex 14" 6 Piston Fronts AU$3100 not imported.
 

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how about stop tech, are they any good?
 

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From the reviews Ive read of people using them at the track and the support Ive seen them give they sound very good. I believe they are used by some in motorsports over there.

One person did have heating up issues with the 13" kit because he lightened his car which increased his speeds around the course putting more heat through the brakes. They recommended getting the Titanium backing plates to seperate the heat better which would cost a little more, but I doubt most would be able to heat these brakes up as this person did, he must have really been flying. Im not sure the stock Brembos would have performed as well, though Peter and Nathan do use the stock Brembos when they race.

StopTech 14" 4 Piston Calipers Front and Rear AU$5800 Not Imported.
StopTech 14" 4 Piston Calipers Front AU$3336 Not Imported.
StopTech 13" 4 Piston Calipers Front AU$2570 Not Imported.
 

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We are also upgrading the roadster brakes, they are appalling, and even more so with the crappy tyres and understeer so you have to rely on them too much.

We regularly use them hard enough to fade, no more than 2 laps of a race track, and even with some spiritied road driving some times

Personally we are putting R32 GTR brakes on the front since they 1/ bolt straight on and 2/ we had a set in the garage.

Approx cost to buy calipers, discs and pads second hand 500-900.

Or even better, talk to unique autosports in Castle Hill about their Porsche GT3 kits. 6 piston calipers, big discs, brand new. Calipers are 800 per side, discs approx 600.
 

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Rattling like a MOFO!!

Rattling?! You mean like something is loose in there? That does not sound right ... sounds like the pads are not mounted properly in the calipers.
 

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The Racebrakes guy took out the spring clips tat hold the stock pads in place. He said I didn't need them for the ones he installed. Just had a good look at them and the pads are very loose and you can move them around inside the caliper. Every time I drive over a little bump the pads are bouncing around making an noise like " WTF's goin on in my rear end???!!!!!!" :anal:
 

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Doesn't seem like a really big deal for the performance of the brakes. All seems to be workin ok. Just have to put up with that hellatious noise till i get it fixed.
 

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Doesn't seem like a really big deal for the performance of the brakes.

If you're OK with it then it's not a problem. Though, I have the Comp2 pads in the rear as well and there's no rattling noise coming from mine. There's no reason why you can have 'perfromance' and no rattles.

Over the next couple months I will need to get my pads replaced and I'm sure that mine will not leave the workshop rattling.

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The fix might be as simple as taking the pads out and putting them back in with a bit if this grease/cream stuff that they put in there so that they stick to to the caliper.
 

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Are you sure the R32GTR brake are direct bolt on to the 350Z without any modification?
 

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Originally posted by lionking@Apr 22 2005, 05:58 PM
The Racebrakes guy took out the spring clips tat hold the stock pads in place.  He said I didn't need them for the ones he installed.  Just had a good look at them and the pads are very loose


Yeah, when I had my rear DS2500s installed the guy had to bend the spring clips to fit on the pads. He said that the car will run fine without them, but they're there to stop the pads from squealing.

They still squeal anyway, but I'd imagine they would be heaps worse if I didn't have the clips on.
 
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