UFO conversion options

Bernie Benz b.m.benz at prodigy.net
Wed Sep 25 21:59:47 EDT 2002


If the pads only make contact with the rotors in a 1" center stripe of the
2.5"+/- width of the pad, most likely the LOL didn't know what the brake
pedel was for.  Rust will not accumulate in the critical areas when they are
used as intended.  I'm not a heavy brake user, in fact, I will use engine
braking as much as possible in everyday driving of the Sierras.  But they
will stop these heavy cars when called upon.  What is this "its only a
matter of time before things start to pulse and shimmy"?  No justification ,
except brainwash!  It may take you a few hours and no $ to insure that your
UFOs are in good shape, but then these upgrade people need your financial
support.  A thin wallet feels SO good!  Your decision.


> From: "Tom Mullane" <tmullane at snet.net>
> Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2002 21:03:01 -0400
> To: <200q20v at audifans.com>
> Subject: RE:  UFO conversion options
> Thanks for input, everyone!
> It looks like my options are limited if I want to stay with 16" wheels
> and retain to ability to revert to UFO's (both of which I'd like to do,
> given the weather and road quality in New England).
> I think I will look into the Movit stuff further; looks interesting.
> The 2Bennett system with the 993tt calipers is an option if I ditch the
> UFO's for good.  I agree with Taka that Wildwoods might not be the best
> option in the northeast; I want to stay any from extra maintenance.
> Bernie, the reason for the interest in a swap is that the rotors are
> somewhat rusted, and the pads only make contact with a 1" strip down the
> center of the rotors.  This has not been a problem yet, but I'm sure it
> is only a matter of time before things start to pulse and shimmy.  To an
> extent, I agree with the "if it ain't broke..." philosophy, but I am
> much more a proponent of the "while you're there" philosophy.  When it
> does break, I replace it, and other wear items I encounter during the
> repair.  I this due to my belief that, with a fleet of 5 vehicles to
> maintain (not counting Mom and Dad and favors for friends), I would
> rather spend cash up front to replace than to have to do a job twice.
> If I do pads, I generally do rotors, if I do struts, I do strut
> bearings, if I change one muffler, I do the whole exhaust from the cat
> back, etc.  The extra cost is worth it to me in piece of mind, and I can
> justify the expense by the colossal amount of money I save over sending
> the car to a shop.
> Tom
> From: "Tom Mullane" <tmullane at snet.net>
> To: <200q20v at audifans.com>
> Subject: UFO conversion options
> Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2002 09:45:22 -0400
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> Hello All,
> I would like to upgrade the UFO's on my 200.  Nothing too radical, the
> car =
> is basically stock with only an IA stage III chip.  I would also like to
> re=
> tain the ability to refit the original UFO's for winter tire use or in
> case=
> I sell the car (I may upgrade to an S car, and would plan on taking the
> br=
> akes with me.  I would like to run 16" wheels with the larger brakes.
> Anyon=
> e have any ideas?
> My apologies on re-hashing an old topic, but conversations with a few
> vendo=
> rs and a search of the archives have only added to my confusion.
> Several p=
> eople have told me that the strut housings must be changed to s type.
> Thanks.
> Tom Mullane
> Hartford, CT
> 91 200Q
> 99 A6Q
> Various others...
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