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Old 09-06-12, 19:59
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T4 Post Icon T4 big brake upgrade.

I've never been that impressed with the brakes on my T4 102. After running the standard brakes for a year and getting them to the stage where I had no choice but to replace them I finally pulled my finger out and started to sort out a big brake conversion.

I'm a bit of a caliper collector, so have several different sets of multi piston calipers sat waiting to be fitted to various projects. I decided to fit a set of ATE Power kit calipers as I managed to buy 7 of them as a job lot...lol

I'm told the ATE calipers are similar in dimensions to one of the types of Porsche Brembo's, but I'm yet to confirm that.


I had some carrier brackets fabricated to suit the 345x32mm discs and had the discs modded to suit the T4 front hubs.



I had the brackets made with stand off spacers so I could fit bigger or smaller discs at a later date should I change the wheels etc.
A small cut in was made to the brackets to locate the spacers and take some of the shear load off the bolts.



Here they are bolted up to the T4 hub.


Original discs next to the new set up.


Cheeky pic of the brakes with one of the spare rims sat on top to check clearance.




I'll get them bolted up this week and get some braided hoses made up to suit. I cant wait to try them out.

Paul.

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Old 09-06-12, 20:25
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Default Re: T4 big brake upgrade.

What discs are you useing?
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Old 09-06-12, 20:31
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Default Re: T4 big brake upgrade.

Modified Mercedes ML55 AMG discs.

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Old 09-06-12, 20:35
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Default Re: T4 big brake upgrade.

Very nice indeed!

Am looking at doing this too, have some brembo 4 pots, just need discs!
How are the discs modified?
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Old 09-06-12, 20:40
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Centre spigot need opening up and a hole needs drilling for the disc retaining/locating bolt. Thats all.

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Old 09-06-12, 20:50
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Default Re: T4 big brake upgrade.

Ahhh not too much then.

How easy/hard to do brackets?
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Old 09-06-12, 21:07
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Default Re: T4 big brake upgrade.

Brackets were made on a CNC mill so not exactly simple, but not rocket science either. It was just a matter of measuring it all umpteen times before committing it to metal.
I stuck with steel rather than Aluminium due to it being a heavy van as I wasn't sure about the stress calcs for Alu?? Better safe than sorry.

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Old 09-06-12, 21:40
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If you have a spare pair for the right price then Iam looking

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Default Re: T4 big brake upgrade.

Small update.

Only got a small amount done to the bus. The mix of busy workshop and Sara's shift pattern is taking its toll on my toy time...lol

I managed to get the brakes and ball joints fitted. Just getting some braided hoses made to my spec and I'll be happy.

Test fitted with the 18's off my A4.






It should end up looking like this as the rest of my 19's are off getting painted Red.


As soon as the Clutch is in and it's rolling again I'll update the thread.

Paul.
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Default Re: T4 big brake upgrade.

black diamond do 312 discs of the shelf for t4s so no messing around
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