Porsche Brembo Calipers and STi Rotors

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Porsche Brembo Calipers and STi Rotors

Postby Spectra1 » Thu Aug 04, 2011 12:35 am

I figured I would post up some pics of my front big brake upgrade. It is not finished yet because my 16" rims were to small so I just test fit the set up to see what it looked like. Once my rims arrive I will be able to give more detail on how it feels. I had no problems with the bracket, fit perfect and everything bolted up easily. I also checked the ball joint to rotor clearance and it is pretty close but I have not yet actually taken a good measurement because my engine is not in the car right now so the suspension is not fully loaded.

Bought the custom caliper brackets from gtfourtc.
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Here are some pics of the parts and mounting

DRT WRX STi Rotors
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Rotors compared to stock
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Porsch Brembo Caliper
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Pic of mounting the new steel lines. The Porsche caliper had a hardline mounted here so at first I did not think the celica lines would mate up but they did just fine.
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Had to switch this line over to the other side so the caliper could be bled properly
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New Red Stuff Pads
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Caliper put together and ready to be mounted
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Caliper and Rotor mounted
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I had some pics of the rotor thickness compared to stock but I can find it right now, lets just say there is a huge difference.

Here is the cost break down
2 Porsche Calipers $300 shipped (ebay)
2 DRT STi Slotted Rotors $ 200 (got these on ebay, I did a bunch of reading on other forums and apparently this company makes a pretty good product)
4 Steel brake lines $100 (cant remember where I got these)
Set of front Red Stuff Ceramic break pads $100

Total for front BBK = $700 (not bad for a Brembo 4 pot caliper BBK with massive rotors)
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Re: Porsche Brembo Calipers and STi Rotors

Postby gtfourtc » Mon Aug 08, 2011 2:47 am

That looks pretty sweet, It will be great to see it all together once you get you wheels!! Any plans to repaint with a brembo or
celica logo?

Oh one thing you might check is the clearance between the rotor and the caliper pad pins, the porsche rotor is 28mm and the sti rotor is 30mm so you sit about 1mm closer. I had shaved my rotors to 28mm because they were used, i believe you can also file the pins down if you need more clearance.
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Postby cmonteiro1 » Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:33 pm

Added to "to do" list....

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Postby lumbercis » Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:27 am

Really cool! Let us know how it feels once you have some miles on them.

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Re: Porsche Brembo Calipers and STi Rotors

Postby Spectra1 » Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:36 pm

gtfourtc wrote:That looks pretty sweet, It will be great to see it all together once you get you wheels!! Any plans to repaint with a brembo or
celica logo?


I think I am going to paint them gold with red Brembo logo. A member over on Ctech had some Brembo stencils from his last brake project that he is sending me so it should look pretty good.


Ill for sure post up a review once I get some miles on the set up. Cant wait!
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Postby eric thompson » Tue Sep 06, 2011 3:03 pm

What did you use to center the rotor on the hub. I see a blue spacer there.
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Postby Spectra1 » Thu Sep 08, 2011 11:25 pm

The centering ring was included with the mounting bracket setup I purchased.
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Postby sentraman » Fri Sep 09, 2011 2:29 pm

That looks awesome
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Postby lalojamesliz » Wed Oct 05, 2011 8:51 pm

very nice :) i would like to get the same thing but can this be done with the rear brakes also?
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Postby Spectra1 » Wed Oct 05, 2011 8:55 pm

lalojamesliz wrote:very nice :) i would like to get the same thing but can this be done with the rear brakes also?



Thanks! Unfortunately you cant do this with the rear brakes. Best thing to do with the rears is probably go the st205 route.
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Postby gtfourtc » Fri Oct 07, 2011 12:56 am

hey spectra1, I am about to repaint some STI calipers, have you found a good high heat gold paint? I have been reading the countless forums about the honda inca pearl being the only option to go with as far as matching the original subaru sti gold, however this paint is not going to hold up to any amount of brake heat. So after a few more hours searching for high heat gold i cam across this....

http://forrestpaint.com/index.php?page=hi-temp-paints

i cant remember but it was a Nissan GTR forum that turned me that way and specifically to the copper color and it is supposed to be a great high heat paint match. I should be getting the paint in a couple days and will be testing it out to see if i like it, and i will let you know and post pics of the results.
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Postby toayoztan » Sat Oct 08, 2011 10:19 pm

Looks good,I like this. I'll keep an eye on this as it comes time to upgrade brakes.

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Re: Porsche Brembo Calipers and STi Rotors

Postby Spectra1 » Sat Oct 08, 2011 11:52 pm

gtfourtc wrote:hey spectra1, I am about to repaint some STI calipers, have you found a good high heat gold paint? I have been reading the countless forums about the honda inca pearl being the only option to go with as far as matching the original subaru sti gold, however this paint is not going to hold up to any amount of brake heat. So after a few more hours searching for high heat gold i cam across this....

http://forrestpaint.com/index.php?page=hi-temp-paints

i cant remember but it was a Nissan GTR forum that turned me that way and specifically to the copper color and it is supposed to be a great high heat paint match. I should be getting the paint in a couple days and will be testing it out to see if i like it, and i will let you know and post pics of the results.



Thanks for the info. Let me know how it turns out.
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Re: Porsche Brembo Calipers and STi Rotors

Postby gtfourtc » Fri Nov 04, 2011 5:25 am

here are some pics of the gold painted calipers I just finished up.

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I did base gold from a company called stove bright its their copper color. Then i used honda inca pearl it was a little darker and had more flake in it. I got my inca pearl from expresspaints.com the will mix any paint code you want and i got it formulated for wheel paint to be a bit more durable. It holds up to the heat as well, I baked on the high heat clear at 500 degrees.
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Postby Spectra1 » Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:20 pm

That gold looks really sweat. I changed my plans and now I am just going to paint them silver with a red brembo logo because my wheels that I just bought are gold. The 18s should be in in the next few weeks at which point I can finally get this mod installed.... then I will need to uninstall them for the rest of the winter as my winter wheels are 15s :cry: . Ill post up pics when everything is done. Also anyone else doing this upgrade if you get done before me let me know if I need to file down the calipers pins to fit the new rotors. Also let me know if there is any ball joint clearance issues.

Here is a link to a pic of the new 18s that are going on the car, I just picked them up from pat (that is his back car in the picture).
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