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Sorry if this has been covered, need to replace my front brake discs. When I bought my car it had new original discs and pads, I was quite happy with the breaking power. Has anyone fitted grooved Brembos, am wondering whether to spend a few quid more on uprated discs or is this not worth it unless I buy bigger calipers or have a track to race on?

Would be interested to know what other owners have done.
 

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If you're thinking of fitting drilled and/or grooved discs then take a look at the MTEC ones. They get very good reviews and are a fraction of the cost of Brembos or EBC equivalents. Cheapest place to get them is eBay. I fitted some to mine in August last year...

 

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I also had a 145 Cloverleaf and thought the brakes needed uprating, if your disks are fine then keep with them and go for the following links :)

Ferodo DS2500 pads, awesome stopping power :D
Ferodo DS2500 Brake Pads for Alfa Romeo - larkspeed.com

Braided hoses.

Alfa Romeo Shop - Tuning, Styling, Fanartikel und Modellautos - Alfa 145 und Alfa 146 Stahlflex Sport Bremsschluche Stahlflex-Bremsschlauch-Satz 42852-4 / 42852-6

Uprated brake fluid.
Thanks BB, I wish i could afford £130 pads.
 

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If you're thinking of fitting drilled and/or grooved discs then take a look at the MTEC ones. They get very good reviews and are a fraction of the cost of Brembos or EBC equivalents. Cheapest place to get them is eBay. I fitted some to mine in August last year...

Thanks, They look pornographic. Can you buy them direct from MTEC.What sort of cost did you pay? My brake hoses have all been replaced a year ago, should I leave them or go for Braided?
 

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agree with mtec option

Have fitted Mtec to my GTV, went for the black coating upgrade.

Too many years of being frustrated with corrosion forming on the non-wear surfaces. More than happy with results. Life yet to be confirmed. but great (relatively) low cost alternative.
 

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The previous owner fitted the drilled and groved disks on mine and braking is very good. Need to do pads soon but disks will Defo go again and theyve had abuse! Lol
 

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Grooved / drilled discs looks nice. However won't help you to increase stopping power in any way. Moreover wearing of pads is faster with them. Standard Brembo discs are more then enough and they should not rust either. Invest more in the pads.
 

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Can you buy them direct from MTEC.What sort of cost did you pay? My brake hoses have all been replaced a year ago, should I leave them or go for Braided?
I paid £110 delivered for all 4 discs. If you're only buying the fronts then they were selling for ~£65 delivered when I got mine. I went for the standard (non-coated) ones. I got them from MTEC but through their eBay store which was about ~£10 cheaper than direct from the MTEC website.

I just put standard Mintex pads in mine (~£24 for the fronts from Camskill) and they're absolutely fine with good braking capabilities on the road (I don't track the car) although I haven't checked the wear since I fitted them.

While grooved/drilled discs will accelerate pad wear, the slots help to keep the pad faces deglazed so they retain optimum braking performance and both the slots and holes allow any build up of gases between the pad face and disc to escape which helps to reduce brake fade.
 

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Thanks Everyone i get the picture, I was happy with original brembos too, although the mtec and mintex pads seems a great value for the money.I've decided as the 145 has lasted me over 4 years I'm going to spray her and get some brakes to treat her.
 

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I paid £110 delivered for all 4 discs. If you're only buying the fronts then they were selling for ~£65 delivered when I got mine. I went for the standard (non-coated) ones. I got them from MTEC but through their eBay store which was about ~£10 cheaper than direct from the MTEC website.

I just put standard Mintex pads in mine (~£24 for the fronts from Camskill) and they're absolutely fine with good braking capabilities on the road (I don't track the car) although I haven't checked the wear since I fitted them.

While grooved/drilled discs will accelerate pad wear, the slots help to keep the pad faces deglazed so they retain optimum braking performance and both the slots and holes allow any build up of gases between the pad face and disc to escape which helps to reduce brake fade.
The price is amazing. If Evo has a good experience go for it.
 

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The price is amazing. If Evo has a good experience go for it.
Well compared to EBC or Brembo grooved/drilled discs which cost more than £150 just for the front discs alone, I think the MTEC ones are very good value for money indeed. That coupled with good reviews from people on the internet who've fitted them to their cars give them a gold seal of approval in my books. I also put new rear pads in mine too (again standard mintex ones that cost £15) so all in all I paid £150 for a complete new set of uprated discs and new pads which I've been more than happy with :D

If you can afford better pads then it can only make things even better so stick some in if you have the additional funds available :)
 
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