Front brake upgrade options ?

stevec

Member
Hi all. Does Anyone know if bigger calipers(if so how much bigger and which ones) can be retrofitted to original hubs to increase stopping performance? Or do the hubs have to be swapped?
Thanks Steve
 

spike

Well-Known Member
As you probably know, unlike most of VAG car range which have bolt on caliper mounting brackets, the A2 hubs incorporate integral caliper mounting brackets which are part of the casting.
This means none of the normal caliper upgrades work on the A2 without changing the hubs.

Wonder if the German A2oc has any more info

Cheers Spike
 

audifan

A2OC Donor
Just fit high performance pads. Discs will wear quicker with the better pads so would fit new performance pads and good discs.
 

Jeff Sutcliffe

A2OC Donor
Just fit high performance pads. Discs will wear quicker with the better pads so would fit new performance pads and good discs.
Or, assuming you don't need better brakes to avoid boiling the fluid or brake fade during rally stages, perhaps you could consider looking further ahead whilst driving and anticipating the need to reduce your speed or to stop. That's always worked for me (and I've been driving since I could, and did, legally drive at 130mph in the UK!)
 

stevec

Member
Having a standard tdi 75 i find the brakes adequate, but look pants when you have 17" wheels fitted! Big wheels itsy bitsy brake disc etc. As the A2 brakes are 256mm on front, i remember from my mk1/mk2 golf days that everyone was retrofitting corrado g60 280mm front calipers and still managing to fit 15" wheels.
 

Jeff Sutcliffe

A2OC Donor
Having a standard tdi 75 i find the brakes adequate, but look pants when you have 17" wheels fitted! Big wheels itsy bitsy brake disc etc. As the A2 brakes are 256mm on front, i remember from my mk1/mk2 golf days that everyone was retrofitting corrado g60 280mm front calipers and still managing to fit 15" wheels.
If it's only for the sake of appearance, perhaps something like Kleen Wheels, a disk intended to fit on the hub to protect your alloys from brake dust, would do the trick. They hide the discs and calipers and save on cleaning.
 

stevec

Member
If it's only for the sake of appearance, perhaps something like Kleen Wheels, a disk intended to fit on the hub to protect your alloys from brake dust, would do the trick. They hide the discs and calipers and save on cleaning.
I have seen these on cars when they first came out. Got to say I'm not a fan. If i were to do something then it has to be done right.
Steve
 

audifan

A2OC Donor
I remember @steaman posted some pics of his FSI brakes. High performance Greenstuff pads and better discs. Try giving him a shout for more info.
Here is one of his pictures.

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rosscanning

A2OC Donor
Hi all. Does Anyone know if bigger calipers(if so how much bigger and which ones) can be retrofitted to original hubs to increase stopping performance? Or do the hubs have to be swapped?
Thanks Steve
Fabia vrs brake setup is fantastic steve. Even with standard non performance discs and pads the stopping power was perfect. Cost overall was around £200 that included new bearings.
Picture below is 288mm discs behind 16” alloys which fills the empty space
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Versus 256mm
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I had to revert back to standard as bearings were fitted incorrectly (lesson learned) use correct bearing tool Gen2.
Also another good modification is to change brake pipes to braided ones that improved looks and pedal feel.
If you do buy some vrs hubs and 288mm discs weren’t big enough you can then upgrade to TT brakes 312mm all you need iCallipers & carriers as they fit onto hubs.

Thanks
Ross
 

Edwrai

Member
Fabia vrs brake setup is fantastic steve. Even with standard non performance discs and pads the stopping power was perfect. Cost overall was around £200 that included new bearings.
Picture below is 288mm discs behind 16” alloys which fills the empty space
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Versus 256mm View attachment 64877

I had to revert back to standard as bearings were fitted incorrectly (lesson learned) use correct bearing tool Gen2.
Also another good modification is to change brake pipes to braided ones that improved looks and pedal feel.
If you do buy some vrs hubs and 288mm discs weren’t big enough you can then upgrade to TT brakes 312mm all you need iCallipers & carriers as they fit onto hubs.

Thanks
Ross
This is very interesting, do you know what the tears would need to upgrade? As these look tiny with larger alloys on


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rosscanning

A2OC Donor
This is very interesting, do you know what the tears would need to upgrade? As these look tiny with larger alloys on


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Not sure what you mean buddy “ do you know what the tears would need to upgrade “
Im looking forward to getting some new bearings to refit them.
 

rosscanning

A2OC Donor
Thought you meant rears If you have discs i read a while back a small bracket has to be fabricated to mount a bigger calliper and discs like 256mm
 
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