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Just joined the register, got to say, damn good website!. Question is, I want to replace the front brake discs on my 2.0 16v. Has anyone found a good place to get standard discs at a good price, or can you recommend a set of aftermarket discs at a sensible price. Official Alfa dealers are just asking too much. Any help would be welcome.
 
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I recently replaced the brakes and pads on my 2.0 16v. I too couldn't stomach the price of genuine discs and had conflicting stories from different people on the likes of Tarox or Pagid or Red Dot discs.

In the end, I went to Alfashop and managed to replace the discs and pads all round for the price Alfa Romeo wanted for just the front.

There's bound to be other shops out there, but I found them very helpful, quick (next day delivery) and first time you order, you should get a nice little key ring from them too.

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Cheers John,

Will give them a ring. Car is unfortunately in the body shop getting a new door skin after a group of kids broke in with the help of a screwdriver!.

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I wrote an article on here a few months back on fitting new disks, unfortunately just before the change over when the site was down for a while, Its confusing when it comes to front disks. The V6 has 11 inch (284mm i think) disks which to my knowledge only fit the V6, The Older 4 cylinder cars have 10 inch disks which are not to hard to come by. Later 4 cyinder cars and those with the sports pack have 11 inch disks which are not the same as the V6 but are the same as disks for the Fiat Coupe. Ive got these on mine problem is even the alfa dealer wont know what your cars got unless you give them the chasis number of your car. Do this or get the wheel of and measure before you do anything. The 11 inch disks are well expensive like about £95 each at an alfa dealer. I ordered a set advertised for the fiat Coupe from Spares-HQ. Fit perfectly, worked out about half the price of the Alfa parts for these EBC ones with drilled patern. Disks seem fine although not sure if I'd recommend the drilled ones to everyone as I notice a bit of a buzz from them under hard braking and they require more pressure on the pedal to achieve the same braking performance, still they seem settled down a lot better now after putting 2K on them and Id say the braking is more progressive than it was originally and a little less prone to fade, although fade was never a problem I always found the grabby nature of the 155 brakes a bit awkward.
 
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Hi

I have EBC vented discs with Green Stuff pads on the front. The discs are ok, previous cheap discs warped after only 10k!!! However the pads, whilst working very well after warming up, leave a very difficult to remove black dust on the wheels. In fact a normal wash/scrub hasnt shifted the black stuff. I shall have to get serious with it!!!

They were a lot cheaper than the Alfa ones but I cant remember how much
and have survived my usual abuse


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hi wrinx (again!)
sorry to hear you've got hard to shift stuff on your wheels, have you read 'wax lyrical' replies maybe it will help!!
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Hi Raj

yup, bin followin it. I'm a bit loathe to try any proprietary brand wheel cleaner 'cos the alloys are old Lancia 5-spokers that I had powder coated gold (blue car) and I lacquered them with an aerosol so dont know how tough the finish is. Some wheel cleaners are acidic, can any1 advise on this. Gettin a bit bored with them now so might put the origonal dished alloys back on and save a cleaning job


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the wonderwheels stuff is acidic... but it is very good... an idea to try is test it on a bit on the inside if the wheel... if it doesn't werk... it's not very obvious.

i doubt that helps


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cheers, Jason, will give it a go. Gotta get some piccies for the site now I've borrowed a digital camera so need to give her a clean


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1 benefit of the grey speedlines is that you can hardly notice the dust!
 
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Although I don't run an alfa, I have fitted upgraded brakes to lots of vehicles and personally I would reccommend FrenItalia for brakes. They supply genuine Tarox brakes which are superb quality and discs and pads are matched. I fitted some on my car and NEVER experienced brake fade again, they don't squeak and they work straight from cold.
 
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I had been forwarned of the problems with Green dot, dirty compound + need to get them hot.
Thing is the real diference with performance pads is not so much braking power but optimum running temperature. Standard pads are fine when cold. Race pads like REDdot should never be used on the road cos they are designed to run much hotter than youll ever likely to get them in normal use. When cold they are far inferior to standard pads but of course they still work when if you were racing around a twisty track with normal pads youd have smoke billowing from all wheels and naff all brakes left. These Green dots should be as good as standard pads when cold but have a slight advantage when hot but I here conflicting reports.
I saved the cash and just bought the regular EBC pads. Think this is the best option for those not wanting to spend too much. EBC slotted disks and the standard pads. Braking is still good and as I said more progressive than with the standard Alfa disks.
Ive not changed the back disks, these should last a while longer than the front, Im not worying about them much. The brake force on the front about 3 times that generated at the back, not sure about the actual figues.
I think on my recent MOT the front was reading 270
both sides and the back 75 withoutpressing the peddal very hard and the handbrake 100 under a normal tug.
 
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Re: front discs, if you're after straight replacement with same type, I got a pair of Brembo 284mm for about £120, half the price of Alfa ones from a local parts specialist.
 

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from comments by NumanRacing, TAROX seems to be highly recommended. hmm, i' asked the local distributor here in KL, and they are asking RM1100 (about 200 UK Pounds) for the fronts (pads & discs). is the price reasonable? anybody has any opinion about other aftermarket brands?
i've heard that Brembo pads are a little bit soft i.e wears out pretty quick, is this true? what about fitting kevlar pads? ppl are saying kevlar pads do not give out those black stuff on ur rims, anyone knows anything bout this?
 
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