1.75 inch bigger brakes means more torque to stop the car.
Just to say I have bigger brakes than most fieros, also to see the brake rotors filling up the space behind the rims.
My bracket will be a simple bracket to relocate the stock caliper mounting bracket out a full inch and inward by 3/8 inch. As you can see from the drawings on the right (click on for bigger image) I will only need a simple flat 3/8 inch steel plate with 4 holes, 2 of which will be tapped. It will mount to the stock mounting side of the spindle.
Thats 20% more torque at the wheels.
I have measured and checked all the clearances and the GA calipers and planned bracket will fit with the 11.75 inch rotor under the stock 15" GT wheels. This should really fill the space behind the rim and look nice.
I will put up more pictures and details as I start. All I need to start is the OK from the wife.
I have some concern about the strength of the wheel bearings and the increased torque. Even though I can lock up the wheels now, when I am better able to modulate the brakes I will put a lot more stress on the bearings. Ryane Motorsports has always said that the stock bearings will not take the torque of their 12 inch brake upgrade. This troubles me. I plan to eventually get dropped spindles, and at that time I will have a much stronger knuckle and I will no longer worry.
Dispite that concern I am going forward and will be starting this soon.
Wilwood does not sell a hat to the measurements that I want. This means I will have to fabricate my own hat. I would be able to do this if I had a welder and a lathe. I don't so I have come up with a better way to mount the Wilwood rotor that I want on to my car. I will get two stock from rotors and turn them down to 7.75 inch diameter I will then drill the mounting holes for the new rotor into the old rotor. I will then mount the new rotor on the old rotor (now a hub hat combination). I have measured it an I am very luck that it put the rotor at the same increased offset that I need to use the simple bracket mentioned above.
|Hole Type||FAR SIDE I.D.||LUG I.D.||LBS||Part Number|
|.81" (20,6)||11.75" (298,5)||8||7.00" (177,8)||.325||8.34" (211,9)||6.38" (162,0)||8.1||160-0471|