Brake upgrade questions

Henry A Harper III hah at
Thu Aug 26 19:05:44 EDT 2004

It still takes several sets of UFO rotors to pay for the cost of a BIRA
upgrade (plus several more if you don't already happen to have all 16" or
17" wheels) so you really can't justify a brake upgrade on economic grounds.
But given that BIRA is the least expensive upgrade option, I joined last
winter and tried to rouse interest on this list for a group buy of UFO-sys2
brackets without too much luck. I had some tax troubles and there was
misunderstanding about the process, so neither I nor anyone else got any
UFO-sys2 brackets. I have been musing about trying again next winter, but
still don't know that I will have that much free cash (since I do need
wheels + tires).

Henry Harper hah at
1991 200 quattro, 120k, still with UFOs
1988 GTI 16v, 242k

> Do you have a fat wallet needing relief, or would you be satisfied with a
> proper UFO system?
> Bernie
> > From: Rbade12 at
> > Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2004 17:24:58 EDT
> > To: 200q20v at
> > Subject: Brake upgrade questions
> >
> > All this rear brake stuff of late, got me to thinking about the them
> > [they're fine after a new boot kit] and the fronts. I have
> UFO's which work
> > well, a
> > bit of a shimmy above 70, but, upon close inspection, the passenger side
> > piston boot had 2 tears [I sealed with RTV] and both rotors are
> probably 10k
> > from
> > the grave [much higher wear on both inners], so.....I've been
> to BIRA and
> > they suggest a pair of Porsche 996 4 piston monobloc calipers mated to
> > Mercedes
> > V12 320mm by 30mm rotors. They claim it's a completely bolt on
> modification
> > [with 16" or larger wheels]. Does anyone have experience with
> this mod, or any
> > other mod that works well? Does anyone know where to acquire
> the parts they
> > recommend ? The way I see it, with new UFO rotors running a
> least $200+ea.
> > [their impending warping included], I'd be better off putting
> the money toward
> > a  solid, conventional system. I plan on keeping the car for
> many years. Any
> > insight you folks could provide is appreciated!!!

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