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I have a 2013 3.8 Grand touring w/o brembo brakes. I was thing about getting a big brake kit. Which should I get? Then next year I was hoping to get a turbo kit so I want to make sure the car stops. Not sure if I want the brembo brake kit because of needing to step up to 19" rims for the larger caliper brakes. Also not sure if to pay that much for a kit when to others are $1000 less. Any help will be nice.
 

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I have a 2013 3.8 Grand touring w/o brembo brakes. I was thing about getting a big brake kit. Which should I get? Then next year I was hoping to get a turbo kit so I want to make sure the car stops. Not sure if I want the brembo brake kit because of needing to step up to 19" rims for the larger caliper brakes. Also not sure if to pay that much for a kit when to others are $1000 less. Any help will be nice.
I have Brembos and 18" rims though not OE rims. As I understand it the OE 18" rims will fit over the Brembos.
 

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from looking at photos from a loooong while ago, IIRC the 18" OE wheels just barely fit. From what I can remember, the back part of the spokes was mighty close the the side of the caliper (BK1 18" wheels I believe).
So, if it doesn't clear, pretty sure you get the clearance with some 5mm wheel spacers.
 

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R1 concepts

R1 offers you the best options of what you want, made specifically for your car. It is not a mere off the shelf. You are able to ask for 18 or 19 or even 20 fitment. 4 or 6 piston, the greatest choicees of any of the big brake kits. Check it out. They have exaclty what you need and want.
 

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I have a 2013 3.8 Grand touring w/o brembo brakes. I was thing about getting a big brake kit. Which should I get? Then next year I was hoping to get a turbo kit so I want to make sure the car stops. Not sure if I want the brembo brake kit because of needing to step up to 19" rims for the larger caliper brakes. Also not sure if to pay that much for a kit when to others are $1000 less. Any help will be nice.
What do you want them for?

The stock genesis brembo brakes are ok, but they're really nothing special. As a style piece I recommend them. And they are substantially better than the base brakes. I've seen them second hand for as little as $700.

The R1 Concepts Forged BBK looks good, but there's no performance driving data. They are a reputable company based near where I live and they have excellent customer service aaand everything I've purchased from them has been as advertised and of decent to excellent quality.

That's all to say that I'm certain they'll work as road car brakes. I'm certain that, design considerations aside, they'll be well built units. I'm certain you'll get good service from R1 if you have a problem. However, once you spec them out on their website, you'll find they cost nearly as much as a stoptech trophy kit, which is a high performance specification and as a company, they have a considerable amount of experience and feedback/reviews from actual racers.

Brembo probably has the best components you can buy, but they're astonishingly expensive, and they don't sell a matching rear axle upgrade kit.:dunno:

So, if you want max performance and you're ok with blah styling, go with stoptech.

If you just want flashy brakes that work and make your car look very spiffy(honestly R1's stuff has great combo potential), go with R1. It's possible they're even great performance if you spec them right. But really, nobody knows.

I remember I called R1 for a quote once on a 6 piston front and 4 piston rear setup with anodized everything and floating rotors and specified stainless pistons over their standard aluminum(which would be a mistake to use) and the price was a little over $5k. If you shop around for a stoptech trophy kit you can get it well under $6k. Food for thought, anyway.
 

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I am a 2014 boosted 3.8 and I have the Brembo Big Brake kit on my fronts and OE Brembo on rears (no real reason to spend the money for the rears). I have 19" Volk G50 rims and no clearance issues. The kit is not cheap.
 

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I was looking for something that looked better then my red painted calipers. Was wanting something with better stopping power then the standard calipers. I was looking at the Stoptech big brake kit. I also saw one one of the threads someone said something about wilwood calipers. Maybe one day adding a turbo so would like to have the stopping power for all the extra ponies.

Thanks for you advice.
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I am a 2014 boosted 3.8 and I have the Brembo Big Brake kit on my fronts and OE Brembo on rears (no real reason to spend the money for the rears). I have 19" Volk G50 rims and no clearance issues. The kit is not cheap.


I have the OEM rims and it won't work with the Brembo big brake kits. I just did get some 19" rims for my summer tires but dont want to change my winter rims and tires just yet.
 

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If you go OE brembos for the rear and aftermarket for the front, you can put in a brake proportioning valve to get the correct braking force/ratio.
 

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I am a 2014 boosted 3.8 and I have the Brembo Big Brake kit on my fronts and OE Brembo on rears (no real reason to spend the money for the rears). I have 19" Volk G50 rims and no clearance issues. The kit is not cheap.
Curious, how have the fronts been? I recently realized the rear calipers on the Coupes were a brembo motorsports spec. They're actually quite superior to the stock fronts. If anything, It's our rear pads and rotors that would benefit from upgrades.

Also, given the GC's weight distribution, I would think just doing the fronts with the brembo GTS setup would work pretty well. Really interested in your opinions pro and con.

I was looking for something that looked better then my red painted calipers. Was wanting something with better stopping power then the standard calipers. I was looking at the Stoptech big brake kit. I also saw one one of the threads someone said something about wilwood calipers. Maybe one day adding a turbo so would like to have the stopping power for all the extra ponies.

Thanks for you advice.
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Hey, no problem, what else are boards for? As to the wilwoods, honestly I hear way too much negative stuff about them. It seems that half the people love them and half hate them. And for multiple reasons. Not the least of which being their proprietary pad shapes which limits how many manufacturers make pads that fit. They seem well made and I can attest that they are very light. Lighter than the stoptechs definitely. They also don't offer floating rotors in the GC kits, which sucks. On the style side, while their designs are pretty humdrum, they do offer custom near-pantone range colors for the calipers.
 

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This Near Xmas I will be gifting myself the R1 big kit for 19 inch wheels. 6 piston front/4 piston rear. With the expected discounts of those days it will be around 3,500 $. Great performance and NOBODY beats their looks.

Remember father Guido Sarduci said: "It is better to look good, than to feel good !" LOL.

80 % of you F-ckers have no idea what I just said. LOL
 

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This Near Xmas I will be gifting myself the R1 big kit for 19 inch wheels. 6 piston front/4 piston rear. With the expected discounts of those days it will be around 3,500 $. Great performance and NOBODY beats their looks.

Remember father Guido Sarduci said: "It is better to look good, than to fell good !" LOL.

80 % of you F-ckers have no idea what I just said. LOL
Guido Sarduci and Rosana Rosana Danna....back when Saturday Night Live was funny....i miss those days.
 

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I am a 2014 boosted 3.8 and I have the Brembo Big Brake kit on my fronts and OE Brembo on rears (no real reason to spend the money for the rears). I have 19" Volk G50 rims and no clearance issues. The kit is not cheap.
Curious, how have the fronts been? I recently realized the rear calipers on the Coupes were a brembo motorsports spec. They're actually quite superior to the stock fronts. If anything, It's our rear pads and rotors that would benefit from upgrades.

Also, given the GC's weight distribution, I would think just doing the fronts with the brembo GTS setup would work pretty well. Really interested in your opinions pro and con.
There is a great stopping difference as well as handling in the corners. I have also upgraded my rear rotors and stainless braided lines around.

Cons...the price. Lol

If they are good enough for Porsche...
 

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There is a great stopping difference as well as handling in the corners. I have also upgraded my rear rotors and stainless braided lines around.

Cons...the price. Lol

If they are good enough for Porsche...
What did you upgrade the rear rotors to? I honestly can't find much I'd call worthy. Just looks like there's no point.


+6 on the SS braided lines. Of all the mods I ve ever done to any car this one is totally noticable, pedal pressure. Instant bite, big brake kits or not.
Agreed.
 

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Spend your money on BOOST, cold air intake, injectors, ECU, performance tires, brake rotors, brake pads, springs, shocks, sway bars and exhaust. Performance suspension let’s you lower the car which is an easy way to lower the car’s center of gravity. Quality brake rotors and pads will stop your car quickly.

Always, always, always deactivate the “traction control” system every time you start the car.

I daily drive a 2012 Gencoupe 2.0t R-Spec with all of the above mentioned mods except mine is BOost which is soon to be rectified. ? ?
 
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