honestly, I dont need this stopping power on this car.
But I just wanted something special, and to shut the people up who mock my wheels. I love the AC's , and I'm no OEM freak to certain lengths so now there's no point in contemplating Turbines :d ( which I DO have btw)
I'm not sure if tthis is better than AP or MovIt, but I just like the fact they are monobloc, and the pads are cheaper than the Pagid Yellow. Also, with the detachable center, I can try different compound rotors , AP also do ceramics etc . The setup is made in a way that I can change BOTH pads AND rotors without disassembling the caliper.
With these thigns, its easy to make the bracket, but to think it up and "" R & D "" is different. I also used skinless blue steel , which is hard to come by, since they are linear mounted its crucial that the bracket it 100% square, something that is impossible to guarantee with normal steel unless its machined. I'm working on alloy brackets, but those have to be a lot bigger to be equally strong. The fitment of all parts is pretty tight, I have about 1,5mm clearance in the rim on the caliper, and 1mm clearance of the rotor hat bolts to the pad. M-parallels will hit the caliper, as will BBS LM.
Porsche uses Brembo brakes, the ones off a 996 Turbo or normal 997 4-pots etc are all good and many for sale. Don't forget that rebuilding them will set you back another hundred if the pistons are ok. I wouldnt buy the Alfa Romeo GTA / Subaru Impreza/ Nissa 350Z brembo's as those are waste-basket stuff from Brembo.
A lot of people went for the 4-piston 911 calipers, I'd get them from the 993 or newer, 964's wont help you on E34's. MAybe for the rear.
One of the cheapest, fire-and-forget brake solutions is E31 Brembo's, which are still available from main dealers in the US at normal prices. This alloy caliper weighs less than the E32 S 320mm rotor-calipers and the 345er floaters and is cheaper to run.
Don't get me wrong , the floaters are a great setup, but they weigh more than my CGT calipers and the rotors in 345 weigh more than my AP's in 360 or 365. Plus the best pads are € 200 a set and harder to come by, rotors are easily warped even on the Ring especially on heavy road cars and will set you back € 200 a piece IIRC. This way, I drop 2K at once and a lot of work, but the residual value will be good ( clients keep asking me to do a set) and running cost lower.
Also, this setup can be transferred in an hour onto our M535i driftcar, in case we want to use that for some heavy, jap-beating drifting once the Hartge engine is in. Slam the E34 and E28 on the hoist, use the calipers over the weekend and then reverse it. 2 hour job, so my invested money and time is spread over 2 cars.
If anyone ever needs reasoning to spend cash on cars, give me a shout. I'll hook you up with stupid reasons