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    Wilwood Front Caliper Kit

    I'm creating a thread to talk about these:



    https://wilwood.com/BrakeKits/BrakeK...ord&option=SEI

    I've been very pleased with my Wilwood adjustable proportioning valve and these seem like a logical next step. They are $400 at Summit Racing and elsewhere. They are a bolt on replacement for LX-i's and SE-i's or any other car where you have done an LX-i front brake conversion. The only catch is that you'll need 15" rims minimum to clear them.

    I called Wilwood today and spoke to a normal guy in an office in California. He spoke American English (ie: he wasn't in some foreign call center), was very knowledgeable and very nice. Wilwood is still making these calipers for our cars. More importantly, they are still making pads and spare parts so you can service them. They don't have any plans to stop making the parts and are still making parts for brakes they made 30 years ago. My guess is that even if they stopped making the parts, they would still get you what you needed if you belly-ached loud enough. Better yet, the pads are made on a standardized backing plate (7812), so you can buy pads from anyone who offers that backing plate in a compound you like. I admit that I haven't yet proved that other pads are available though.

    The kit is fairly expensive and replacement pads are between $50-60. That's pricey when you figure you can get pads for as little as $6 on Rock Auto. Nevertheless, these won't perform like $6 pads and having brakes you can service yourself instead of relying on the dwindling stock of remans at the parts store is a comforting notion.

    They don't offer rear calipers, sadly, so I'll have to stock up on remans before they disappear entirely.

    Anyway, these might be a good option if you're in the market for good calipers, but don't want to go to the trouble of a big brake swap or anything.
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    Re: Wilwood Front Caliper Kit

    You know, I always thought they all used the same size rotor but looking into it more, the DX and LX are in fact smaller. Well damn..
    So are the hubs themselves on the LX-i larger or the stock calipers built differently?
    DX/LX rotors are 242mm vs LX-i/SE-i being 262mm
    Would seem odd for honda to build different sized knuckles vs just making the calipers slightly different.
    I guess my question is; are the bolt holes that the caliper bolts to on the knuckle in a different place on the LX-i vs the LX
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    Re: Wilwood Front Caliper Kit

    Digging even more...
    This is the LX model front caliper:
    https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo...sn=424&jsn=424

    This is the LX-i model front caliper:
    https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo...sn=426&jsn=426

    Just eyballing the two you can tell the LX-i has the mounting holes lower vs the LX one from where the guide pins are. There is more distance between the mounting hole and the guide pin on the LX-i caliper. This leads me to think those Wilwoods would actually work on the LX, BUT you would have to switch to an LX-i rotor.
    Originally posted by ShiRen:
    Nice car or not, nobody likes losing a race to an old 4 door Honda.

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    Re: Wilwood Front Caliper Kit

    Fixed calipers are a great up grade they have great pedal feel usually.
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    Re: Wilwood Front Caliper Kit

    Great find!

    Since it works on Civics, they will never really stop making them.

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    Re: Wilwood Front Caliper Kit

    https://www.fastbrakes.com/product_p...140%206163.htm

    If this uses Dynapro's this be a good one. 12.2" rotor.

    I think this kits all you Snooze...fit under 15" rims too. Not a big fan of the Stop Tech stuff but floating rotors 11.6 by 1.1". You aint warping those!

    https://www.fastbrakes.com/product_p...-294-str42.htm
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    Re: Wilwood Front Caliper Kit

    geebus those are expensive!
    Originally posted by ShiRen:
    Nice car or not, nobody likes losing a race to an old 4 door Honda.

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    Re: Wilwood Front Caliper Kit

    Cant imagine what these would feel like. I was able to lock all 4 tires on the highway going 60 the other day. This is with basically stock SEI brakes, original flex lines, and bigger grippier tires.

    It is nice to see an actual upgrade although, instead of some cheap remanufactured old caliper.

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    Re: Wilwood Front Caliper Kit

    well its more about getting rid of heat after multiple hard uses. Snooze warps his rotors alot so hence I think larger rotors would help. Its the reason I went to larger 11.1" rotors I would warp the 10.3" yearly. it also opened up the brake pad selection to every performance brand made for the Integra Type R.
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    Re: Wilwood Front Caliper Kit

    Apparently my pass side one is warped already. May just accelerate the idea of going for these. Would just have to go to an lxi rotor.
    From reading the required wheel size, mine should fit just fine without spacers.
    Originally posted by ShiRen:
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    Re: Wilwood Front Caliper Kit

    im running the 1995 legend gs sedan 2 piston calipers and they stop great

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    Re: Wilwood Front Caliper Kit

    Quote Originally Posted by Oldblueaccord View Post
    https://www.fastbrakes.com/product_p...140%206163.htm

    If this uses Dynapro's this be a good one. 12.2" rotor.

    I think this kits all you Snooze...fit under 15" rims too. Not a big fan of the Stop Tech stuff but floating rotors 11.6 by 1.1". You aint warping those!

    https://www.fastbrakes.com/product_p...-294-str42.htm
    Dang. Good find! I'll definitely be checking those out. That top one shows Wilwood calipers, but comes with different calipers? And the bottom one is if I want to do the ITR brake upgrade? That's filthy sick expensive for brakes. Think I'd rather do the top one and have money left over to do the rears too.
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    Re: Wilwood Front Caliper Kit

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Snooz View Post
    Dang. Good find! I'll definitely be checking those out. That top one shows Wilwood calipers, but comes with different calipers? And the bottom one is if I want to do the ITR brake upgrade? That's filthy sick expensive for brakes. Think I'd rather do the top one and have money left over to do the rears too.

    The second one is all custom parts the rotor is a floating design,bolt on hub deal. The Stop tech calipers are stop techs own make. 1.1" thick rotor is very beefy and the whole trick goes under 15" rims for SCCA racing classes that spec 15" rims only. So the price reflects that. He has this with solid rotors as well to save money. This is probably the kit I would go with since Im still using 15" rims

    The Wilwood Dynapro caliper is there lastest design that I know of compared to the Dynalights that are more of a base caliper. I have always heard the lights are not that stiff a design.

    Either of these kits your pretty much limited to there style brake pads not the factory stock style you can get anywhere.

    He also has some nice kits using the Acura RL caliper. Cheaper and you I would guess you can use off the shelf pads that match a factory stock caliper. I think its the Acura Rl 05 to 12. Not totally fimilar with this setup but a quick search these calipers are all over the internet and seem pretty cheap. they look like 4 piston.

    The Type R rotor and caliper deal after all these years is still a pretty damn good upgrade as far as size,off the shelf parts, and brake pad choices for the D503 pad,and goes under a 15" rim. The only knock is the caliper is floating design not fixed.

    One thing with fixed calipers is there can be xtra noise with the design especially on light braking around town. I have two factory Brembo setups and I dont really have a problem with noise alot is how you use them.
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