its a nice graphite for sure, i'll give the can a shake and try to get a good daylight photo.
anyway, moving on, i've got my head round the back axle and handbrake requirements at least, and a decision has been made, deals have been done, and parts have been ordered!
seeing as the Sud already sits low enough on sports springs and shocks, i wanted to retain the Sud rear axle and brakes if i could, only trouble is, with losing the front inboard brakes i needed to find a way to fit a handbrake back on the rear axle for mot, plus that means i will be keeping it discs all round, rather than going to a 33 rear axle with drums, which i would have done otherwise, but then i'd have to start buying sports suspension for that axle all over again, so it seemed like the best thing to do was the handbrake option.
that was until i priced up Rodger the Bruce's method using the hi-spec calipers with integrated handbrake mechanism, whilst very very nice, they come to nearly £400 with delivery, plus custom adaptor brackets, plus cables etc etc, it would rapidly become a £500 exercise, so i was back to the 33 rear drum axle again, but i'm a bit more determined than that, so more head scratching, chit chatting, and researching eventually came up trumps!
i've just ordered a set of Compbrake R2 calipers with integrated handbrake, from a new place i've just found, TJ Motorsport, Tim and Julie Jones it is, from Wales, as if you didn't guess!
i think it may be a bit of a one off deal, as the Compbrake Site sell them for £130 each, plus shipping, but i found them on ebay of all places, brand new, and contacted the seller, who turned out to be Julie from above, and we settled on a deal of £140 the pair, brand new, delivered!!!
this is them, and they are on their way! yippppeee!
they aren't as pretty as the hispec for sure, but promise to perform very well, as a british built caliper, that have now been taken on as the chosen oe caliper for many VW Audi Skoda group cars, after many problems with their own brakes according to Ian of Compbrake who i had a lengthy chat with about them. (and them bought from someone else! naughty!!)
they have a 38mm high quality steel piston and mechanism, and should be perfect for solid discs such as the Sud, so all i need is to make the adaptor brackets, and fit 33 rearward facing handbrake and cables,