I finally decided to up-grade the brakes on my 159 2.4 ti
The discs and pads were pretty much at the end of their life all round and I was keen to have matching discs & pads front and rear which seemed to limit my options. I was hoping to simply up-grade to Drilled Brembo's but discovered they only listed drilled discs for the front. Why would they do that
Anyway, after 'several' conversations with Philip and Paul from Alfashop (thanks guys for your help and top notch service)
I found that Tarox did matching front & rears (albeit only in their Sport Japan range - which are drilled and slotted). Having used Tarox products before, I was confident they would be a quality product. Alfashop ordered them direct from Italy. They were with me within 3 days
I then looked at pads and I opted for a set of Ferodo DS Performance pads (which come with brake wear indicators). They are a little less aggressive than DS2500 which I hope will suit me better for normal road driving. Thanks again Alfashop
Here's a top tip: The caliper pins on the nearside came out with two taps of a hammer and drift (and an overnight squirt of plus gas in the end of the pin holes). However, the offside pin was a different story. It would not budge
After considering my options (scrapping the b****y car and buying another came to my mind a couple of times) I reached for the angle grinder. Grinding the caliper pin in half saw the end nearest to me (road facing side of the caliper) come out by my finger tips
The other end took a couple of taps with the hammer & drift to pop out. Don't know why I didn't get the grinder out sooner!
My local Alfa franchise came to the rescue with a set of dust shields for the front calipers; one of them had a tiny split in it - I think due the fact that the existing pads (maybe the original factory fitted pads) were dry fitted and so the dust shield had stuck to the pad. I called Desira parts in Bury St Edmunds (Tim) at 4.00pm. He had to order the dust shields on an overnight. They were on my doorstep at 8.30am the following morning. Amazing service
Apart from the rear discs which are an unbelievably tight fit to the hub; to the point where I thought they were the wrong discs (more phone calls to Alfashop). A gentle tap with a huge hammer got them to fit in the end (rubber handle part of the hammer I hasten to add).
A quick brake bleed and all was well.
First impressions? Difficult to say as I'm still bedding them in but I'm confident they'll be a massive improvement over standard. Maybe I'll report back in a couple of weeks?
Anyway, here's a few pics: