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    New brakes fitted

    Here is todays mod,

    Old original GSi 308mm brakes after 92k. Disks are at least 8mm thinner than a new set, really badly grooved



    Old 308mm and new 322mm together



    New ones fitted from my Astra VXR only done about 1000 miles



    And here with the wheel on



    Changed the brakefluid all round then took it for a long fast drive and the outcome......................... feels exactly the same as the originals with the huge wear on them. Just goes to show that a small disk increase with the same crappy slider piston arrangement makes no noiticeable difference. Also goes to show that even though the original disks are very worn they are still capable of working as designed, no warps or overheating on them. Just a shame I destroyed them getting them off. Will put a new set of original disks on then ebay the VXR ones I think
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    how much would you be wanting for the vxr ones?

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    That's interesting. I was seriously considering getting Courtenay to fit the VXR brake upgrade at a cost of about £690! Don't think I will bother then if that's the case! Uprated pads it is then..
    - 2004 Vauxhall Zafira GSi - Silver, work in progress..
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    Interesting, I too was thinking of upgrading. Are the VXR brakes a straight fit, or did you need to modify anything? Out of interest, what sory of price would you be looking for the VXR brakes?

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    If I sell I will ebay gents, these will go for top cash and I really need it at the moment, bus has gone through 2 amm in a week and the eml came on again today, getting really pi$$ed off with this car atm
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    ive put vxr brakes on the zaf and my van found the stopping power much better and less fade when used in anger

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    perhaps your old brakes were knackered in the first place. Mine feel no different at all. Really unimpressed with them so far. Not saying that they are rubbish just that the standard ones feel the same to me
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    I take it they are the standard plain discs and pads though. Thinking about it the Courtenay upgrade includes grooved discs and updated pads, so that should make a fair improvement over standard..
    - 2004 Vauxhall Zafira GSi - Silver, work in progress..
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    i have the courtenay grooved vxr disc option and i can say i have a huge increase in braking (my old discs were also in fully working condition). i priced up the parts from the stealer and it was more expensive than buying from courtenay.

    must be the added grooves making the difference which is to be expected

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    yep, must be the pads and disks then. Makes you think that it may be better to get the uprated pads and disks for the 308mm setup rather than splashing out for calipers and flexi hoses as well
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