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Drilled and Grooved Discs

I've ordered some new pf pads for my front wheels and have noticed the discs are quite worn and would need replacing soon. So i thought it might be time to upgrade to some drilled/grooved discs. I don't really do track days but i think they'll look the part behind the wheels anyway.

I've been looking around and there is quite a difference in price between the various manufacturers and suppliers. I was thinking of opting for the Nitrac discs which worked out at £377 for a full set front and rear.

Since then i've seen a set on ebay from seller sportbrakediscs who are selling a set of front (330mm) and rear drilled/grooved discs for £180 inc delivery.

I was just wondering if anyone has any experience of these discs or supplier? It seems cheap at this price so thought this may also translate to lower quality?

Any advice appreciated.
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Re: Drilled and Grooved Discs

Hi Danny

I went to Ned at Autolusso on Friday and got the PF pads, braided hoses and uprated fluid for £330. I am still bedding them in but they are getting better and better all the time. I was surprised how small the contact is between the disc and the pad on the standard considering the size of everything its so small! The PF pads contact is about twice as much and standard discs are the best Ned said for them. I really wished I hadnt of had car tax, £100+ mobile bill and been on my 3rd tank of petrol this week else I would have got some more standard discs on mine (£90 each) because of the smaller contact on the standard pads my discs have obviously only warn there and have a lip on them so needed to get some wear on those discs to even it out which was fun IMO get yourself down to see Ned and get the hoses, fluid and some standard discs. I wouldnt bother with doing the rear either as its not needed


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Re: Drilled and Grooved Discs

I would buy the best quality plain discs - drilled and grooved discs look good but IMO dont really add much in terms of braking performance unless you are very hard on the brakes.....the pads are by far the biggest factor

As already said best spend the money on plain discs, fluid and maybe some braided hoses

GTA Jim - did you notice if the PF pads had chamfered edges to the pads?
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Re: Drilled and Grooved Discs

Are your brakes the 330's or 305's Jim?
I had Brembo drilled discs on my 145 and they looked
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GTA Jim - did you notice if the PF pads had chamfered edges to the pads?
Sorry I carnt remember but if you PM Ned he will let you know

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Are your brakes the 330's or 305's Jim?
I had Brembo drilled discs on my 145 and they looked
Hi Jim, they are 330's. Funny cus when he first looked at my discs he said "how many miles has it done, 60k?" erm no 26K!!! "Oh you like your brakes dont you!" indeed I do Also the pads were discoloured round the edge from the excessive and I had even managed to put a big crack in one of them! ***high five***
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Re: Drilled and Grooved Discs

Thanks for the advice. I think i'll stick with the standard discs then.

I've ordered the PF pads from the states, goodridge braided lines, and dot5.1 fluid. I've also ordered all the parts for the Q2 mod. I'm working offshore at the moment but everything should be waiting at home for me to fit when i get back!

Can't wait to see the difference after they're all fitted!
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Nice one danny The brakes are a bugger to bleed so they tell me, they went round mine and bled them 4 times so hope you get them sorted, glad my ramblings were of some help mate. Q2's are great and after you need a remap
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Re: Drilled and Grooved Discs

I also just had my breaks done at Autolusso, and had previously asked about what was the best discs to upgrade to as mine has the 305's. Ned recommended sticking with standard, so I did. My discs were utterly knackered, so I had the discs, pads, hoses and 5.1 fluid.

The difference was immedeatly noticable, but after a couple of weeks they are working incredibly well. With the 305's the pads are much harsher and I was warned they could squeal, but this is hardly noticable normally.
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Cheers Jim

I've got the use of a mates 4 post lift for the day in a few weeks so hoping to get the Q2 fitted, then brakes done, then oil change/service in the same day. Could be a steep learning curve! I've heard a few people mention that the brakes are a pain.

I hope i manage to get it all finished in time or i'm walking home!

The remap will have to be later. Possibly after I get a supersprint backbox. Still undecided on that at the minute though.
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Re: Drilled and Grooved Discs

Aye well good on ya for having a go! Dont know if you have seen this but here is a very very basic guide and I hope it helps.
http://www.alfaworkshop.co.uk/156-14...erential.shtml

If you are planning for future mods its best to wait until its all finished. I too am after supersprint or possibly a raggazon but carnt really justify it to myself but I will keep trying
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Re: Drilled and Grooved Discs

Brakes are very easy - shouldnt take more than 1-2 hours to change discs, pads, hoses and bleed the brakes.

If you are not changing the discs then would be a bit less time as no need to remove the front calipers.
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I've had a look at that guide jim and it does make it sound easy, that's what tempted me to have a go myself. I just hope it's as straight forward as it looks...............

I like to try and do as much as i can with myself, should give me a better understanding of the car. Besides up in newcastle there doesn't seem to be any alfa specialists who charge anything near reasonable for work like this. After adding up the price of the parts alone for the Q2 it makes ned at auto lusso's fitment a bargain. I just wish i lived nearer and i'd have been straight there!

I'll try and take a few photo's while i'm doing it for anyone who's interested.

Can't see any of the parts for the brakes being too much hassle to fit, as long as i can get the air out
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Re: Drilled and Grooved Discs

Yep it does sound bit too easy just make sure you can put it back together again after dismatling it

I always lurk around watching the mechanics do the work not going to do it myself though, not got the patience!

Take some photos danny I would be interested

Be carefull when cracking open the the bleed nipples on the brakes because one of mine is a bit dodgy and have got to go back soon to get the caliper off and a new one put in
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Re: Drilled and Grooved Discs

errr. yes, that guide makes it sound very straight forward....I may do that in my tea break - not! I'll leave it to the experts!!!
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Re: Drilled and Grooved Discs

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After adding up the price of the parts alone for the Q2 it makes ned at auto lusso's fitment a bargain. I just wish i lived nearer and i'd have been straight there!

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That’s because it is a bargain

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After adding up the price of the parts alone for the Q2 it makes ned at auto lusso's fitment a bargain. I just wish i lived nearer and i'd have been straight there!
That’s because it is a bargain

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