UFO conversion options

Tom Mullane tmullane at snet.net
Thu Sep 26 10:24:26 EDT 2002

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Since, unfortunately, going to 17" wheels is not an option for me, this beg=
s the question:  Is there a system (like the 2 Bennett) that is an improvem=
ent to UFO's AND fits under 16" wheels, or is it better to simply stay with=
 the UFO's?  If I stay with UFO's, it will be with new rotors and rebuilt c=

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: QSHIPQ at aol.com
  To: b.m.benz at prodigy.net ; tmullane at snet.net
  Cc: 200q20v at audifans.com
  Sent: Thursday, September 26, 2002 8:50 AM
  Subject: Re: UFO conversion options

  I might add a couple things about that Bernie.  Audi knew these brakes ju=
st plain sucked (all "toleration" opinions so noted), and did one of their =
infamous (if the customer bitches loud enough) replacements.  Unfortunately=
, they replaced them with another set of brakes that creates another set of=
 problems, but at least the service items were cheaper.

  WRT rust, UFO's and G60's rust inside the cooling fins, which is a "criti=
cal area" in terms of service life.  If I were sitting with UFO's and they =
needed service/replacement, I'd take them by the cad plating shop before in=
stall.  I did this with a couple sets of G60 rotors, and the cooling fins s=
tayed quite unobstructed for a couple years.

  One could argue that the UFO's are good brakes, I might add "in search of=
 a smaller chassis".  I've done just about every mod to my own type 44 (inc=
luding big reds), and I can say without question, the *BEST* mod is the bra=
kes.  All the others compliment them (including the 17in wheels), but the l=
evel of performance, even in day to day driving is phenomenal.

  So straight back to the bang for buck argument.  If someone is looking to=
 swap "over" to G60's, the parts cost at least half the price of just conve=
rting the UFO to a big red setup.  That would be my suggestion, I'm not a f=
an of G60's or UFO's in the type 44.  I don't even like the G60 conversion =
in my urq....

  My .02

  Type 44tqw mit big reds
  RS2URQ project (G60 converted - for now)
  '83 URQ G60 converted
  '87 4runner turbo (4piston fixed caliper from the factory - nice:)
  In a message dated 9/25/02 11:08:46 PM Central Daylight Time, b.m.benz at pr=
odigy.net writes:

  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 =
  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 justificatio=
n ,
  except brainwash!  It may take you a few hours and no $ to insure that yo=
  UFOs are in good shape, but then these upgrade people need your financial
  support.  A thin wallet feels SO good!  Your decision.



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