Project V8 RX-7: Wheel, Brake and Tire 3 PART MEGAPOST! Part 2 – Stoptech Big Brake Kitdd

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installing stoptech trophy big brake kit fd rx-7

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.

installing stoptech trophy big brake kit fd rx-7

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.

installing stoptech trophy big brake kit fd rx-7

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.

installing stoptech trophy big brake kit fd rx-7

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.

installing stoptech trophy big brake kit fd rx-7

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.

installing stoptech trophy big brake kit fd rx-7

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.

installing stoptech trophy big brake kit fd rx-7

Dust shield removed and front caliper bracket bolted in place.

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