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Old 05-10-2008, 11:29 AM   #1
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aftermarket fron brakes - genuine kit?

I recently added Nicks rear 300mm brake kit to my viggen & I do feel it pull the back down more however I feel the car is out of balance now, not enough bite up front. My front brakes need to be replaced & I am curious if any of you have added a big brake kit up front behind the OEM Viggen rims? I think I would like to upgrade my front brakes but I am not sure which kit (if any) would work with my OEM Viggen rims.


A mustang pulled out infront of me & after slamming on my brakes & the car not stopping close to what my SPG does, I want better brakes....
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Old 05-10-2008, 12:08 PM   #2
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I drove co-saabs 9-3 with the rear brake kit and it stops much better, but you do feel it pull from behind like you describe. Larger 308mm front brake disk and 4pot calipers would work well to even the playing field, but they do cost. Maptun has a 308mm kit and 336mm kit and one larger. The willwood kit uses a 4 pot caliper kit for larger disk and that might work well, they use spacers for 15-16-17" wheels.

The maptun kits reguire 17" for some and 18" wheels for the larger kit.

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Old 05-10-2008, 12:24 PM   #3
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I just did the front brakes on my viggen, up graded from oem pads to high performance pads. Made a big difference in bite and braking.

not sure what your running upfront now, but might want to start with pads and a flush first to see if that helps.
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Old 05-10-2008, 04:06 PM   #4
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I have better pads, they are hawk's street pads. I LOVED the bite of their track pad but they sucked when they were cold. The brakes were just flushed when I put the new rear brake/calipers on as well as a new brake master cylinder

My SPG uses AP Racing's kit, 335mm which I purchased used!! Love to find a AP kit for my Viggen so both cars would use the same bads. I know that will not happen though & they cost way to much new. The genuine kit is more then I want to spend but it seems to be the best alternative since it's quite a bit less then a new AP kit.

I dunno.... thanks
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I had the opportunity to ride in Nick's car with his big brake kit....it was astonishing. The big brake kit he offers is overkill for any street tire application. Your tires will give well before the brakes.
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Old 05-11-2008, 11:49 AM   #6
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I can get the WP pro kits same as fitted to my car. They are rebranded as Map.. Speedparts.. etc.. I chose no logo.

You are correct about tires being the fist stop limitation. Where the big brakes help is in the subsequent stops..
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Old 05-11-2008, 12:09 PM   #7
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Do they fit behind OEM viggen rims?

Yea, tires are definantly the limiting factor but I would rather have to much then not enough
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Old 05-12-2008, 05:54 AM   #8
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Nope not behind Vig rims.. I have drawings of a nice upgrade for the front.. Need to figure out who to make the disks. Not sure about quality from some.
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Old 05-12-2008, 06:04 AM   #9
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i love my brembo kit, but i havnt the slightest idea where to get it, as the caliper brackets have no part number, and brembo doesnt list that they make a saab kit...
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i love my brembo kit, but i havnt the slightest idea where to get it, as the caliper brackets have no part number, and brembo doesnt list that they make a saab kit...
I have a Brembo kit (from Europe) on my Viggen. I had to call Brembo USA to get the part numbers to get replacement rotor-rings. They pointed me to buybrakes.com to buy the replacement parts. They told me that we use the same rotor rings as their Mini kits. I don't know how applicable this is to your car. The brakes work very well though!! I also have the GS 300mm rear brake kit on my car as well, it ends up being a well balanced set of brakes.
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same kit oldzmann

i've been meaning to get new pads and some replacement fancy slotted rotors for it, but i've been too poor/lazy
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here try this link should be just what your after
http://www.neobrothers.co.uk/product...roducts_id=816
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thanks for the info!!

Any guess what the exchange rate is getting it from the neobrothers?

Nick, MTAERO over on TSN uses someone in Michigan for rotors. I do not beleive I have the info anywhere but he would give it to you if needed. He had replacement rotors for his AP Racing brakes (I purchased mine from him) & the place in MI was a fraction of the cost vs AP directly.
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same kit oldzmann

i've been meaning to get new pads and some replacement fancy slotted rotors for it, but i've been too poor/lazy
I have a set of Hawk HPS pads on stand by. After that I think I'll need to replace the rotors...and slotted rotors is an option but wait until you see the price. holy crap, if they didn't work so well I would go back to the standard Viggen brakes.
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yeah, i fully expect $250/piece of them. and honestly, the only reason i'd be doing it is cause they'd look pretty. i think i'll stick whats on there, cause they're in great shape
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thanks for the info!!

Any guess what the exchange rate is getting it from the neobrothers?

Nick, MTAERO over on TSN uses someone in Michigan for rotors. I do not beleive I have the info anywhere but he would give it to you if needed. He had replacement rotors for his AP Racing brakes (I purchased mine from him) & the place in MI was a fraction of the cost vs AP directly.
go on www.xe.com for current rates.
that price includes uk vat at 17.5% as your buying from abroad im guessing you wony ave to pay that so they should be a bit cheaper.
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