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Which brakes?

My GTV is due for new discs and pads all round. I have been quoted a couple of hundred per axle but have read the How To guides on here have decided to do it myself.

What discs and pads does anyone recommend? I'm looking at Brembo discs and pads (about 145 for front and rear discs and pads from ECP with Alfa owner discount). Mainly because I have heard of them. Any suggestions welcome cheers.
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Ferodo for the brake pads, either ds2500 or the next grade down.

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Ferodo for the brake pads, either ds2500 or the next grade down.
Cheers. Will these work well with any discs? Where is a good place to get them? Thanks.
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Yep they'll work with an brand of disc. Try the usual places for them ebspares, alfaworkshop, alfa shop, autolusso, alfaholics.

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I'm not even sure the brembo discs are the best option, but I'll let someone else comment on that. What size are the discs that you have at the moment?

Also I would recommend getting braided hoses for a better feel under foot.

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I'm not even sure the brembo discs are the best option, but I'll let someone else comment on that. What size are the discs that you have at the moment?

Also I would recommend getting braided hoses for a better feel under foot.
Currently got standard TS brakes whatever size they are. I was only looking at the Brembo discs and pads as they are a known brand and reasonably priced. ECP also stock Pagid discs which I have never heard of but that people have mentioned on here as being good.

Had a quick look at the Ferodo pads and they are coming in at over 100 just for the front. Are they that good?

I have read comments on here (can't find the thread) and opinion was split over braided hoses. Some liked them, some didn't.
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I suppose it comes down to the way you drive for the pads, if you go for the grade below the ds2500 I think they are considered an excellent pads for all situations below track use.

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I've never taken Alfie on the track so I am just after brakes and discs for normal road use, well driving a GTV the way it is meant to be driven
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was in same position myself on brakes

purchased some performance friction Z from autoLuusso they rate them extremely highly.................. yet to be fitted but i will report back. very reasonable too if they are as described, redstuff and DS2500 were around 130 and these were 100

Performance Friction - Z-Rated 305mm Front Brake Pads - Autolusso New Alfa Romeo Parts
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I will be changing my pads and disc over shortly and have always been fond of Mintex 1144 or DS2500 pads. It will however be good to hear your opinions on the performance friction Z pads.
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Performance frictions pads are awesome and not as dusty as would of expected. Had them on the GTA and would buy them again for my next car

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Yes i guess Autolusso has so many opportunities to review brake pads and have such a depth of experience i thought that there recommendation was worthy of my interest

i am so fed up of the wooden and dead feel of the std brakes i thought i needed to go to something a little more high end rather than my usual mid range choices, They also said that as the rear doesso little it was not worth putting high end pads in the rear
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Had a look on the Autolusso site and they only seem to have the performance friction pads for the V6. I'm sure someone will let me know if I am wrong.

Obviously my budget is limited but I do want something decent that will stop the car. Given what Brad said about the rear brakes doing very little, would I be better off with cheap rear discs and pads then spend more on the front? ECP do rear discs for less than a tenner each. What are the next pads down from Ferodo DS2500s? Any recommendations for front discs!

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The next pad down from the competition ds2500 is the ds performance. I've just looked on demon tweaks website for you.

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Cheers, just had a look. They are the favourites at the moment.
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Will do but probably won't be doing the work till August when I've got a few days off work... Just in case something goes wrong so I've got time to fix it. Last time I worked a car was over 15 years ago!

Discs and pads thus year and hopefully braided hoses next year (along with painted calipers if I can get cheap ones to refurb).

Cheers everyone for the advice.
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Has anyone used MTEC discs? I was surfing the web looking for cheap Ferodo performance pads and came across their website; 175 for all four discs and Mintex pads with a choice of grooved/dimpled/cross drilled etc.
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A word of warning with Performance Friction Pads. Awful when cold and squeal ( but work well when warm). GTV brakes are basically sh*t considering the performance of the car. Haven't identified where the weak link is, but there is something going on. Upgraded to PF pads, braided hoses and blue racing fluid, and now they can be deemed as 'acceptable' but by no means confidence inspiring.
I've got a 166 TS too and the brakes are brilliant so it's not an Alfa thing !
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They also said that as the rear doesso little it was not worth putting high end pads in the rear
I've heard this so many times. Put different pads on the rear and you will ruin the brake balance. The design engineers set the brake balance by having different size disks plus different size pads front to rear, as long as you use the same compound pads front & rear you will preserve the designed brake balance.
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Had a look on the Autolusso site and they only seem to have the performance friction pads for the V6. I'm sure someone will let me know if I am wrong.

Obviously my budget is limited but I do want something decent that will stop the car. Given what Brad said about the rear brakes doing very little, would I be better off with cheap rear discs and pads then spend more on the front? ECP do rear discs for less than a tenner each. What are the next pads down from Ferodo DS2500s? Any recommendations for front discs!

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Here you go, best brake pads money can buy

Performance Friction - Front Brake Pads Standard 147 / 156 / GT - Autolusso New Alfa Romeo Parts

I will get the listing to include GTV & Spider

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Here you go, best brake pads money can buy

Performance Friction - Front Brake Pads Standard 147 / 156 / GT - Autolusso New Alfa Romeo Parts

I will get the listing to include GTV & Spider

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Cheers Ned, what about on the back and what discs do you recommend?
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Cheers Ned, what about on the back and what discs do you recommend?
Brand of disc does not really make any difference same goes for the rear discs and pads

Stopping power comes from the quality of the front pads

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Brand of disc does not really make any difference same goes for the rear discs and pads

Stopping power comes from the quality of the front pads

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Thanks again Ned.
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Thanks again Ned.
Hi Nellytheroc,

I recently changed the discs and pads on my Spider. Fitted Mtec grooved and dimpled on the front with standard pads, (can't remember the brand, they were in the book of the car when I bought it), and standard discs at the back with Mintex pads.

Brakes are a lot better now which I put down to a good strip and clean together with the Mtec discs on the front. Next time I change pads on the front I will go for something more exotic to see what improvement they bring.

Don't doubt that Ned is right about stopping power being in the quality of the front pads fitted. My experience of Mtec front discs though is that they do make a difference.
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