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Re: Re: Re: Brake upgrade? 8 pistons on 14" rotors and 4 pistons on 13" rotors not

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Haha thanks, I'm going with a Stoptech set up with 4 piston 15 inch rotor up front and 4 piston 14 inch rotor in the rear...[:)]

There comes a point to which brake upgrades no longer benefit the car - the point at which the tires cannot maintain braking traction. I doubt that the Stop-Tech's will add any effectiveness, but they will look pretty.

I am very well aware of this situation and I would like to thank you for bringing it up. I am doing this for the sole reason that this is going to be a show car and I wanted something "a little bigger" I knoe how good these brakes are. They more then enough but as for show I wanted something a little more "flashy" if that makes sense.
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post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-14-2003, 07:09 AM
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I read that the brakes could be upgraded. As good as the stockers are, they were designed for easy and cheap replacement. The advantage of going with the Brembo's is that it will lighten up the unsprung weight. The Stockers I believe are steel whereas the upgraded Brembos are aluminum.
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I read that the brakes could be upgraded. As good as the stockers are, they were designed for easy and cheap replacement. The advantage of going with the Brembo's is that it will lighten up the unsprung weight. The Stockers I believe are steel whereas the upgraded Brembos are aluminum.
I dunno about "cheap" as every brake job will now be a dealer visit so that they can use the Star Diag to deactivate the SBC before changing the pads...

With what dealers quote to make simple configuration changes with the computers... I shudder to think what they're gonna charge for a pad change.

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Stock E55 brakes calipers[i]are[/i] Brembos IIRC. For that matter, so are StopTech. Stop...


Stock E55 brakes calipersare Brembos IIRC. For that matter, so are StopTech. Stoptech is not a caliper manufacturer like Wilwood, ATE, or Brembo.
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They are Brembo calipers but are heavier and less expensive than their aftermaket product


After several calls to Brembo I was able to reach one of their engineers who told me that the AMG contracted with Brembo to supply a caliper that was big and had lots of pistons but was also fairly inexpensive. For more performance he recommended their upgrade kit with 2 piece rotors, better pads and lightweight calipers. As far as ability to staop the car, he didn't know if just switching the caliper would make any difference except the reduction in unsprung weight.
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