Originally Posted by armand du toit
The Wildcat branch doesn't have any mounting brackets on it for a shield, although I do think the original shield will fit over the branch. In fact, I didn't think to ask SAC to reuse the heat shield when I had the branch fitted. Maybe in their opinion it is actually not required.
But when I visited Signorelli Motors (Alfa "specialists") here in Pretoria to have the issue with the temp gauge sorted, the guys there suggested I have a heat shield fitted for in their experience the bare branch tends to make the plastic radiator brittle and more prone to crack. This kind of made sense to me so I made myself a heat shield that works quite well. However, if I knew this earlier I rather would have asked SAC to make a plan and reuse the original heat shield which in my opinion should not be to difficult. Maybe someone else on this forum could also share their opinion whether the heat shield is required.
So if I understand you correctly you kept the original brake calipers on your 145. Unfortunately I had my 145's front discs, pads and rear pads replaced with stock part just a while ago. Currently my better half drives the 145 and she is very light on the brakes, so it will be a while before I will need to replace the brakes again. However, my 166 is a bit heavier on brakes so I will surely visit Powerbrake to see what they offer.
Thanks for your reply and the links, will check it out!
I think the heat shield is always a good idea... I shall speak to SAC and find out more about the WildCat branch and complete exhuast system ( in terms of what exactly they remove ) I have to come up there next month, so will look at doing it the same time.
You are correct about keeping the standard calipers, the brakes on these cars are really impressive as they are. So, by simply changing the discs and pads ( and only the front, apparently these cars have about a 90:10 brake bias. the rears do hardly any work ) it makes a nice difference.
I must add, the service I got from Powerbrake was excellent. I would highly recommend them, in your case with your 166, I am sure they could put something interesting together for you. I am sure it would improve the brakes by atleast 10- 15 %
Hi Guys, I've also put Powerbrake pro-streets in with the ferodo DS pad they supplied in the kit. As mentioned it worked out the same price (even cheaper) than the agents price. I'm loving the rotors (discs) but I don't think ferodo is the best - they are quite hard wearing - the disks suffer IMO. I'm gonna try EBC green stuff next time. Available from quartermile
My next step is to get braided hoses also from Powerbrake and some decent brake fluid from them - its time for a fluid change anyway.
PS: Still have std calipers - I think the benefit / (price+effort) is low.
Totally agree about improving the calipers being worth while or not, I don't think it is. If one looks at the newer cars, and compares the braking time and distance, you would be very impressed by the 145 with its improved discs and pads. In some cases, they are far better.
They supplied me with something different to the Ferodo ds pads... I was actually looking into getting some of those pads. Now that you say they not to great, I might just look at getting the EBC greenstuff. I didn't know we could get them here...