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Alright so I have a base Z and I really like the calipers that the Z with the Sport package has. Is there any difference performance wise in the Sport

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Old 06-24-2011, 08:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question sport calipers vs. base calipers

Alright so I have a base Z and I really like the calipers that the Z with the Sport package has. Is there any difference performance wise in the Sport brakes/calipers and Base brakes/calipers?

If I want the look that the Sport Z has with its brakes/calipers, do I need to completely change my brakes and then get the large calipers?

Thanks in advanced.


p.s. i know there's these plastic Brembo caliper covers but those look horrible in my opinion lol i don't want sh!tty things put on my car
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Old 06-24-2011, 09:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Here's an excellent thread to answer your question.

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This is what you will need to get: Z1 Akebono Sport Brake Upgrade Package
You can also browse the used section and pick up a used set if you want.
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I went from base brakes to sport brakes and I feel they are defiantly a couple steps up. But don't expect leaps and bounds either. You will have to buy a complete kit and Z1 hands down has the best pricing on these with several great options. They can also get you in touch with Mike here on the forums who powder coats to get that nice custom look. I hope to have my done next month.

If you have any other questions I'll be glad to help. I can even install them if you'd like.
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I went from base brakes to sport brakes and I feel they are defiantly a couple steps up. But don't expect leaps and bounds either. You will have to buy a complete kit and Z1 hands down has the best pricing on these with several great options. They can also get you in touch with Mike here on the forums who powder coats to get that nice custom look. I hope to have my done next month.

If you have any other questions I'll be glad to help. I can even install them if you'd like.
cool! thanks man. ill have to check out Z1 for sure then
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I went from base brakes to sport brakes and I feel they are defiantly a couple steps up. But don't expect leaps and bounds either. You will have to buy a complete kit and Z1 hands down has the best pricing on these with several great options. They can also get you in touch with Mike here on the forums who powder coats to get that nice custom look. I hope to have my done next month.

If you have any other questions I'll be glad to help. I can even install them if you'd like.
That is exactly the type of review I was looking for, I have heard nothing but good things about the Akebonos especially in sporting street use. Did you also get the stainless brake lines as well? They apparently make a big difference in improving the somewhat dull pedal feel of the Akebonos.
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That is exactly the type of review I was looking for, I have heard nothing but good things about the Akebonos especially in sporting street use. Did you also get the stainless brake lines as well? They apparently make a big difference in improving the somewhat dull pedal feel of the Akebonos.
Yes I also bought the SS lines from Z1, highly recommend any type of SS lines. I mostly feel better pedal feel when I'm on them hard. Plus you can always get better pads at the same time.

Now there cluth line you will defiantly feel better clutch pedal feel all the time
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Yes I also bought the SS lines from Z1, highly recommend any type of SS lines. I mostly feel better pedal feel when I'm on them hard. Plus you can always get better pads at the same time.

Now there cluth line you will defiantly feel better clutch pedal feel all the time
That's great to know, I will hopefully go this route too within the next year if I can snag a good deal on some Akebonos. The clutch fluid line is something I am very interested in, especially once I install Esfourteen's clutch helper spring. Thanks Spohn.
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That's great to know, I will hopefully go this route too within the next year if I can snag a good deal on some Akebonos. The clutch fluid line is something I am very interested in, especially once I install Esfourteen's clutch helper spring. Thanks Spohn.
I need to read more up on the clutch helper spring. I've been overlooking this thread for some time.
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You will really feel the difference when doing things like going from 120mph to 60mph, etc... the 80 to 0 stops you lose a few feet and will notice fade when beating on the brakes consistantly. But nissan standard brakes are hard to fade with good pads. So ur not losing with base. But you still have better brakes in the akebono pkg. It just depends on what you do with your Z.
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You will really feel the difference when doing things like going from 120mph to 60mph, etc... the 80 to 0 stops you lose a few feet and will notice fade when beating on the brakes consistantly. But nissan standard brakes are hard to fade with good pads. So ur not losing with base. But you still have better brakes in the akebono pkg. It just depends on what you do with your Z.
Parts Needed (Upgrading from base Brakes to Sports?)

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What Parts are needed when Upgrading anybody?? :Help:

I Bought
1. Rotors
2. Brake Calipers
3. Brake Pads

anything missing for my tech??

I had base Brakes and im upgrading to Sports package Brakes
370z ?????

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Parts Needed (Upgrading from base Brakes to Sports?)

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What Parts are needed when Upgrading anybody?? :Help:

I Bought
1. Rotors
2. Brake Calipers
3. Brake Pads

anything missing for my tech??

I had base Brakes and im upgrading to Sports package Brakes
370z ?????
Should of just bought a kit. There's bolts for the calipers, brackets for The rear brake lines, hardlines for the calipers, and did you get all the shimes, pins, and cotter keys that assist for the pads to work properly? Also are you upgrading to SS lines? Not sure if all of this comes with the calipers or not. But you wouldn't have to worry if Z1 put together the kit.
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Has anyone powder coated their base calipers? Wanted to know if it was worth spending $1,600 on the Akebono's rather than just powder coating for around $300
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Save $300 and just use high temps paint from autozone. It's a sipmle task, check YouTube for guides. Personally I would leave them alone. Anyone who knows cars could tell they're base brakes no matter what color you make them.
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I have a base Z, the first thing I did was I ordered the sport brake upgrade from Z1 cost around 2k. Night and day difference love them.
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