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Just got a gtv v6. It's been to Clovertech for a full check up and any little ( and some not so little) issues sorted.
The brakes feel very uninspiring. Is this a gtv trait or worthy of a revisit?
When I say uninspiring I mean about 3/4 inch Tavel before any real effect and having to really stand on them to get real braking?


Any help will be much appreciated?:thumbs:
 

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The brakes are alright its just that the GTV V6 3.0 is too nose heavy with the big engine and overpowered for the 305mm brakes. I will in time buy a complete upgrade kit to 330mm GTA-brakes from Brembo OEM.

I feel the same about my GTV 3.0 V6 (2001) brakes. They brake well but I'll have to brake hard for them to take. And my car is "as new", done no more than 300 miles so nothing wrong with the brakes/pads/calipers.

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The brakes are alright its just that the GTV V6 3.0 is too nose heavy with the big engine and overpowered for the 305mm brakes. I will in time buy a complete upgrade kit to 330mm GTA-brakes from Brembo OEM.

I feel the same about my GTV 3.0 V6 (2001) brakes. They brake well but I'll have to brake hard for them to take. And my car is "as new", done no more than 300 miles so nothing wrong with the brakes/pads/calipers.

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Standard pads on the GTV are a bit crap. Replace them with some decent ones such as Ferodo DS2500 and there's a huge difference. Also worth checking if your brake fluid needs changing too.
 

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Standard pads on the GTV are a bit crap. Replace them with some decent ones such as Ferodo DS2500 and there's a huge difference. Also worth checking if your brake fluid needs changing too.
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Some people have said that the 330 brakes seem wooden & aren't much better if at all, but some that have changed everything, including brake fluid, when converting from 305 to 330 may have experienced an improvement. Maybe if they'd just changed pads & fluid they would've done also?

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agree with you................... i first drove mine it was bordering dangerous, renew the disc and pads and then refresh the old old fluids and you WILL notice difference, I went for £20 mintex rather than the £100+ specialist pads............................. huge transformation
 

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Interestingly I felt the same and changed all four corners discs and pads (Mintex standard and some pattern discs) and the brake fluid. Apart from a slightly firmer pedal, there's no difference at all. The amount of pedal travel and lack of progression in the bite makes me feel it could be the internal seals in the master cylinder or expanding rubber brake lines. Other than that I am clueless.

I can hear the brakes a little most of the time and got that 'warping' vibration not long after fitting them which suggests my calipers are in need of a refurb (i.e. the pads not fully retracting) but none of the brakes are dragging and it passed the MOT :confused:

Might try some better pads :rolleyes:
 

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Upgrading the brakes to Power Alfa (before they went bust) drilled/grooved/vented discs, Ferodo DS2500 pads, Goodridge braided hoses and Dot 5.1 was the first (of many) things I did to my 2002 V6. In hindsight, the pads squealed like a stuck pig for months on end, the near side front hose split after a year and the front discs didn't last much longer... so perhaps it wasn't the best use of a limited budget :rolleyes:

Back in the days of the gtvv6.com forum I always lusted after Davor Pasaric's monster brake conversion on his gorgeous GTV. I think they were something like 380mm discs with six pot calipers lurking behind 18" rims. :wow:
 
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