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hi-spec big rear brake kit for mgf/tf

just looking to see if anyone has bought this kit and wether they are happy with it before i fork out the readies, also would be grateful if anyone knows of alternatives (checked out the vhs kit but i think £340+vat is abit pricey). If some of the members kits are close to fruition i could hold off and buy one of them.
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post #2 of 58 (permalink) Old 13-05-2012, 09:50
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I'd been waiting for a year for someone to actually be able to deliver a big brake kit.

The V.H.S. offering is expensive

Jon Norris has made some in the past but has not been able to deliver.

Those sold on eBay have dissapeared.

When we serviced the F we simply fitted another set of standard - I sold to a hood customer my dimpled & grooved set - of discs & EBC pads.

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Jon Norris has made some in the past but has not been able to deliver.
It wasn't a case of not being able to deliver more a case of legal questions being asked about the legal side in the event of a failure so I decided to give it a miss rather than get involved with future issues of blame

The set on my own car have been declared to my insurance and have now passed at least two MOT's with exceptional braking results over the standard set-up however they will not be produced for sale or the specification given out just encase this could also come back as liability of fault
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It wasn't a case of not being able to deliver more a case of legal questions being asked about the legal side in the event of a failure so I decided to give it a miss rather than get involved with future issues of blame

The set on my own car have been declared to my insurance and have now passed at least two MOT's with exceptional braking results over the standard set-up however they will not be produced for sale or the specification given out just encase this could also come back as liability of fault
Great shame, as there is obviously a demand for them!
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I too have been looking at the VHS kit..

And its on my 'to buy' list..
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just looking to see if anyone has bought this kit and wether they are happy with it before i fork out the readies, also would be grateful if anyone knows of alternatives (checked out the vhs kit but i think £340+vat is abit pricey). If some of the members kits are close to fruition i could hold off and buy one of them.
Was told of another kit using Laguna2 discs but have been unable to trace who developed it
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HiSpec will sell you either the larger discs and brackets to mount the standard calipers or larger disks and a pair of their 4pot calipers with handbrake mech and correct mounting bracket... not cheap though but no more moody calipers.
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Where is Neil of the surrey when you need him?
He was developing a brake kit for standard wheels and callipers, but that seems to have gone quiet.

Peter, why did you go standard, from dimple and grooved with ebc's?
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Where is Neil of the surrey when you need him?
He was developing a brake kit for standard wheels and callipers, but that seems to have gone quiet.

Peter, why did you go standard, from dimple and grooved with ebc's?
Customer drove from South of France (Honestly!) for a Glass Screened hood, MGFMania price is less than HALF the price in France.

He wanted/needed some dimple & grooved brakes - Simon fitted them, and some SS underfloor pipes, to save him carrying them back to France.

As I already had some standard discs we fitted them; MAY still buy BIG BRAKES but my old ones were corroded on the inner side and needed replacing.
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Any link(s) to the Hi spec kit..

Or other kits available
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No links but have PM'd you my email conversation with Alex there that has the prices of both options.
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Try BG Developments, who have 280mm rear floating rotors for the MGF, developed for John Reed Racing (who sadly appears to have disappeared). I have these discs to fit on Project Shed - obviously not tried them yet - but hopefully soon!
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If the rear setup is in good order I can't see why an upgrade would be needed. Mine are just fine. Ok so the disks look a little lost behind the 16 inch wheels.
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If the rear setup is in good order I can't see why an upgrade would be needed. Mine are just fine. Ok so the disks look a little lost behind the 16 inch wheels.
Having tried a reasonably crude brake upgrade, the increase in braking power is unbelievable.

The TF160 is severely underbraked at the rear and the calipers also don't help as they just degrade over time and either don't brake enough or bind on.

I think with 4 pots at the rear, APs at the front and properly set up, it will be like throwing an anchor out the back.

I am a firm believer that you don't need all that braking power day to day, if ever. But, if there is ever one time you need it then it is an investment worth paying.

I would rather look back at the wasted money rather than the broken body of a child wondering why I hadn't done it.

You don't have to be doing daft speeds for you, or others, to benefit from upgraded braking.

If a lorry pulled out 30ft in front of me, I would rather stop in 25ft than 50ft.
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Having tried a reasonably crude brake upgrade, the increase in braking power is unbelievable.

The TF160 is severely underbraked at the rear and the calipers also don't help as they just degrade over time and either don't brake enough or bind on.

I think with 4 pots at the rear, APs at the front and properly set up, it will be like throwing an anchor out the back.

I am a firm believer that you don't need all that braking power day to day, if ever. But, if there is ever one time you need it then it is an investment worth paying.

I would rather look back at the wasted money rather than the broken body of a child wondering why I hadn't done it.

You don't have to be doing daft speeds for you, or others, to benefit from upgraded braking.

If a lorry pulled out 30ft in front of me, I would rather stop in 25ft than 50ft.
Yupp in the words of my last track instructor

BRAKE!! BRAKE !!!! BRAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!! by god you can leave it late to brake in this thing.....lol
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If I was given the choice between an ideal brake setup and a 300bhp engine I would go for the brakes every time.

Saying that, I wouldn't mind both.
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Here's a link to the HiSpec Big Disc Kit.

http://www.hispecbrake.co.uk/Rear_Big_Disc_Kits.html

280mm discs and brackets for under £250 looks like a good deal to me, although still with the original calipers.
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Smilar to the kit I fitted. It gives great braking.

The problem is it retains the weakest point in my opinion, the calipers.

Also, it doesn't allow the use of vented discs which is a shame as the extra heat generated under heavy braking is a lot.

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I wish you guys wouldn't post stuff like this.
SHINY...and IT WORKS!
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I'm toying with making up some brackets to be able to use ZS 180 rear calipers on the back with standard F front discs , my main problem is finding a set Of Zs calipers to play with ( I've had a goof look at the pair I have but there attached to the rear of my Zs )
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