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I've got some questions about the stages they offer.

1.) What size rotors are in the stage 2 kit?

2.) Does Stoptech plan on offering a caliper upgrade and larger rotor upgrade (to 14" if the rotors are 13") for the stage 3 kit?

I think this was a very smart idea on how to get customers that don't have 2800+ to drop on a big-brake kit.
 

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D'oh...found the rotor size...OEM size (which is 12" right?).

Sure would be nice if Stoptech would make a kit that came with taller rotors....and one that had calipers. (NOT a BBK...this would just be so you could upgrade a little at a time).
 

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I've decided to just get a BBK...do fronts first. And then the rear kit later.

Wilwood, Brembo GT, or Stoptech is the question now though...
 

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If you are going to do a BBK, I would go with StopTech. I am sure all the makers do some testing, but StopTech publishes there testing and makes it really clear what they do. For example, they do J-turn testing, endurance testing, stopping distance, and many other tests. They really do find the perfect setup (caliper type and rotor size) for every car.

Speaking of which, if you do a front-only BBK, then you need to take some precautions with the rear brakes. Stoptech and many others know that the front-only BBK will transfer more braking force to the rear rotors. This is by design, but it causes the rear pads to burn up much faster, especially if they are stock. Member Enthuz (Bruce) torched a set of Carbotech Panthers on the rear in one track session because of his front-only Stoptech kit. Later, he found out how to reduce this issue. First, run a better than stock pad in the rear. Second, they burn up because of heat. Removing the heat/dust shield from the rear rotors will help to control the heat, extend pad life, and it has no side-effects.

As for the staged upgrades, they are great. A caliper upgrade would be nice but the cost would likely be similar to a BBK. You could always get a StopTech stage 2 kit and buy a set of used track model Brembo calipers. However, you would have to buy the track model Stage 2 kit and the new calipers at the same time. Or at least, you would have to mount them at the same time. You cannot run the regular Stage 2 rotors with the track model Brembo calipers. The rotors are different sizes.
 

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Peptid speaks the truth. My upgrade to a StopTech BBK has created the confidence in braking that I need to tackle the track. Nick, who races for NASA and installed my brakes, removed only a portion of the rear heatshield to accomodate the BBK. He also has me upgrade to a racing pad (that squeal unmercifully if not hot enough) for track events.

I would say that I've seen Stop Tech's in front mixed with Brembo's in back at track events. But I have no clue if those driver's upgraded their pads before hand.

I will say that at the March event a BMW lost brakes, flipped over the tire wall and crushed the roof in and a 350Z cooked it's OEM's and another set of pads in two days. They didn't lose control but they didn't have brakes to go home on.

Good luck. My kit is 13"....and worth every penny spent.
 

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peptibond, I am going to do rear BBK too...just going to do the front first.

Pam, thanks.
 
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