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Old 04-03-2008, 10:53 AM   #1
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Recommendation on Upgraded Brakes

So i was driving home from work the other day and i was boostin pretty hard and my brakes seem not to work so well cause there stock obviously and i was going to upgrade them real soon cause i cant stand bad brakes and so i was wondering what kinda aftermarket brake setups you guys have and i was wondering if you recommend me on what kind of brake setup i should do, i was looking at gs's big brake kit for the rear? if i get that would that help out alot since its 400+ dollers lol. but uhh what would guys think i should get for my rear/front. i was looking at GS and i see the brembo rotors are those any good? i know brembo is a good brand for brakes but i dont seem any reviews on it so i bet no one really bought those.. so yeah let me know guys thank you.

http://www.genuinesaab.com/catalog/p...products_id=71

http://www.genuinesaab.com/catalog/p...products_id=70

Are the rotors from GS Any good

http://www.genuinesaab.com/catalog/p...roducts_id=409
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What kind of car do you drive?

Pads make a lot of difference.
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Old 04-03-2008, 10:59 AM   #3
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To me it sounds like he needs to flush the fluid and replace the pads.

You aren't going to get any additional braking power from upgrading rotors unless you get a big brake kit (which is probably not needed here).
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To me it sounds like he needs to flush the fluid and replace the pads.

You aren't going to get any additional braking power from upgrading rotors unless you get a big brake kit (which is probably not needed here).
Agreed. I installed better pads in conjunction with a complete brake flush. Very helpful in reducing the fade.
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alright i understand so what kind of pads would you recommend?

http://www.genuinesaab.com/catalog/p...roducts_id=253

are these any good?
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Agreed. I installed better pads in conjunction with a complete brake flush. Very helpful in reducing the fade.
if you drive a 900 you would need Aftermarket Rims to get the big break kit. they stock wheels don't fit around the big brakes. Plus i will agree that unless your rotors are shot (like mine are) no need to replace them. Better pads, lines, and a flush should take care of you for a lot less than the cost of all new rotors.

Also on the Brembos, i am going to be getting new rotors and doing the full brake job and Nick told me that they are great and for the price worth it. the drilled rotors really don't do that much more unless y ou really want the look.

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i acutally have a 1999 93


what kind of rotors u getting?

link?

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if its not a viggen, get brembo blanks, and i love hawk hps pads, some of the best pad ive ever run.



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where can i get those saabkid?
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i acutally have a 1999 93


what kind of rotors u getting?

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Rear Rotors Brembo

Front Brembo Rotor

Rear Pads

Front Pads

Total is $324 and with the flush would defintely help you out. Again unless your rotors are shot no need to replace them. Nick said that those Brembos are great and that really the slotted ones aren't needed if you are trying to stay on a budget.
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Good Look

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whats the difference between slotted and unslotted?

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is that a set of 4? if so it might be worth it to get those instead. either way plenty of inexpensive ways to go brought to you by GS..
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That is a set for the front - as noted on the page. It would include 4 pads, 2 for each caliper. But no, not a set for all 4 wheels.
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dang man i think ima pick those up. lol....
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whats the difference between slotted and unslotted?

Slots.


SRSLY.....


They're mainly for looks, but can help keep a "new" pad surface if you do repeated hard stops...but will wear slightly faster.

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slotted rotors can wear pads faster, but in theory help keep the pads from glazing.

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ill probably get slotted to look cool lol..
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The slots are there to vent the gasses that the pads release when heated. Those gasses form a cushion and "lubricate" the pad surface. Same thing as the air cushion setups on some engine machining equipment. Cross drilling has the same effect, but that reduces the ability of the rotor to spread absorb and spread heat. It also makes them more prone to crack.
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Slots/holes were effective with older organic brake compounds, which did actually create a gas layer...but brake pad gassing hasn't happened since the 70s.
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