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Old 05-19-2017, 09:34 PM   #551
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How hard is it to DIY versus buying one of the retrofit ones that go for $900 or so?

EDIT: Actually, I really want to know if the Cardone TL-S brakes are re-manufactured OEM ones or if they are just replicas?
Cardone.com states they are brake remanufactures.. I would assume they are remanufactured OEM ones. Never really heard of a replica brembo brake.

The DIY is a lot of work and if you mess up you are screwed, honestly being a customer who went with the retrofit package ones, I regret nothing for what I paid. My brakes bolted right up, the 5mm off the back was milled to clear perfectly, the powdercoat job was top notch, the shipping time was fantastic and I felt much safer installing them than if I drilled out everything! Including the little 1mm spacer to go behind the rotor to ensure perfect fitment. I think it's worth the price tag and makes the DIY time only a tad bit longer than if you were just replacing brake pads.
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Old 05-21-2017, 01:24 PM   #552
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Cardone.com states they are brake remanufactures.. I would assume they are remanufactured OEM ones. Never really heard of a replica brembo brake.

The DIY is a lot of work and if you mess up you are screwed, honestly being a customer who went with the retrofit package ones, I regret nothing for what I paid. My brakes bolted right up, the 5mm off the back was milled to clear perfectly, the powdercoat job was top notch, the shipping time was fantastic and I felt much safer installing them than if I drilled out everything! Including the little 1mm spacer to go behind the rotor to ensure perfect fitment. I think it's worth the price tag and makes the DIY time only a tad bit longer than if you were just replacing brake pads.
Thanks for the reply man. I appreciate it. I feel like I can definitely do it myself. I'm just a very frugal guy and love to do things on my own. Did you see a big difference once installed in terms of braking power?
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So I finished my car. I have the calipers with stock type s wheels I will upload pics tomorrow.
Did you have to use any spacers? I have my complete set up and just waiting to install.
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Old 05-21-2017, 11:13 PM   #554
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Thanks for the reply man. I appreciate it. I feel like I can definitely do it myself. I'm just a very frugal guy and love to do things on my own. Did you see a big difference once installed in terms of braking power?
Ha in all honestly daily driving no I do not feel a difference in braking power. Under heavy breaking maybe? It's difficult to tell without having two side by side and measuring stopping distances. There's always that placebo effect too when I got behind the wheel after doing it that made me feel like it was superior but I believe that the brakes are huge and heavier that unnoticed the front wheels feeling more planted and steering felt a little heavier if that makes sense.

I don't regret it for a second though. I've heard and read around thatbif you do the steel braided brake lines you may feel more brake response because they won't flex as much. Ultimately they look amazing. I like how the steering feels with them installed. They make me feel like I brake better and they are super easy to change pads on vs oem forsure.
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Thanks for the reply man. I appreciate it. I feel like I can definitely do it myself. I'm just a very frugal guy and love to do things on my own. Did you see a big difference once installed in terms of braking power?
Tires stop the car, brakes stop the wheels/tires. The benefit from this conversion is a lighter caliper for less unsprung weight, 2-piston instead of a sliding caliper design, and the difference you'll feel is heat dissipation which you won't notice in day to day.

In aggressive driving, once the stock calipers reach thermal capacity, braking will be inconsistent.
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Old 05-22-2017, 11:55 PM   #556
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