Once the calipers are loaded the calipers can be bolted up to the brackets and we can move on to the front of the car.
The original 22 year old front brakes on our FD have seen a little over 100,000 miles and served us well but they’re ready for retirement.
The stock front FD RX-7 rotors (left) compared to the Stoptech rotors (right). Just as with the rear rotors the greater width, diameter, mass and directional orientation of the vanes result in improved cooling and ability to deliver more cooling air over the larger swept area.
Just as in the rear, while the stock 4-piston front calipers are smaller than the Stoptech 4-piston calipers they are almost as heavy as the much larger aluminum Stoptech caliper.
We were lucky, the countersunk phillips head bolts holding the stock rotors on came off easily with a couple blows of the impact screwdriver. The Stoptech rotor hats have provisions for these bolts as well but we’ll be sure and use some anti-seize when reinstalling them.
The front dust shields must also be trimmed or removed. Pulling the hub allows access to bolts securing the shield so we just removed it entirely.
Dust shield removed and front caliper bracket bolted in place.