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Quaality
03-28-2017, 11:31 AM
So I am looking to do brakes for the first time on my A4, but most forum posts are old or about upgrading. I am working on my daily driver and not looking for any serious upgrades at the moment. Not sure how old calipers are but pads and rotors are bad for sure. Is this kit any good?

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/audi-brake-kit-front-rear-a4-quattro-zimmerman-akebono-a4brakekit1

If anyone has any brake kit that would be an upgrade but cost the same or less for new, let me know.


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Seerlah
03-28-2017, 11:39 AM
Decent kit with quality parts. Cheapest upgrade would be TT caliper carriers, A8 rotors, and then stock pads (front semi BBK). I have been running this front setup for a few years now. Cool part is Boxter calipers bolt up to the A8 rotors with adapters from places like Apikol.

Quaality
03-28-2017, 11:53 AM
Decent kit with quality parts. Cheapest upgrade would be TT calipers, A8 rotors, and then stock pads (front semi BBK). I have been running this front setup for a few years now. Cool part is Boxter calipers bolt up to the A8 rotors with adapters from places like Apikol.

What's that cost you in parts?


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Seerlah
03-28-2017, 12:02 PM
Picked mine up locally from a guy parting his car for $150. You will have a difficult time finding kit in that price.

This is the kit I picked up, but mine also came with Hawk HPS pads (basically new): https://www.ecstuning.com/b-assembled-by-ecs-parts/front-big-brake-kit-stage-1-slotted-rotors-312x25/b5a8bbknpaslt/

Then added SS lines front, rear, and swapped in Motul 5.1 fluid with Tyrol Sport bushings. This only accounts for the front, mainly. So then price of the rears are still up in the air. But...you can source things yourself and do it cheaper. For example, TT carriers and A8 rotors on Rock Auto (my current A8 rotors were purchased from here). After that, stock sized pads and rear rotors. Then decide what you want to do afterwards (ie upgraded lines).

thedanplasse
03-28-2017, 12:33 PM
Decent kit with quality parts. Cheapest upgrade would be TT calipers, A8 rotors, and then stock pads (front semi BBK). I have been running this front setup for a few years now. Cool part is Boxter calipers bolt up to the A8 rotors with adapters from places like Apikol.

TT caliper carriers, I believe you need, to run A8 rotors using a stock front caliper. 312mm upgrade. B5 S4 rear calipers...perfect DD brake upgrade. [up]
For the price of the boxter calipers, You can find some 17z kits for around the same price, and its 6pot 330mm upgrade running Mercedes C230sport crossdrilled, and slotted rotors. Really depends if you want over kill, or not. Apikol also makes a bracket for the rear B5S4 calipers that allows you to run a 300mm B6/B7 S4 rear rotor. I'm doing 17z's with the b5s4 rears with the Apikol bracket.

AudiSport12
03-28-2017, 01:13 PM
Stock car? I would just do the "A8 upgrade" from Seerlah's first post using quaality parts. You can go on ebay or somewhere and find used OEM MK1 TT carriers for $100-ish. Then

http://www.rockauto.com/en/cart/

Hopefully that link works.



If not, RockAuto:



2000 AUDI A8 4.2L V8

CENTRIC 12533107 High Carbon Alloy Brake Disc Info

Front; To Chassis # 4D-Y-005 500

$47.79 FOR BOTH: $95.58



2001 AUDI A4 1.8L L4 Turbocharged

CENTRIC 30108400 Premium Ceramic Pads w/Shims and Hardware Info

FitsFront; A4 Base Model; From 2/99
OrFront; A4 Quattro
Or Front; A4 Base Model; 288mm Front Disc

$22.89

Subtotal $118.47






So in all, $250-300ish shipped.



Then, when you need rears, do the B5 S4 upgrade. Literally rotors and calipers bolt right up.

AudiSport12
03-28-2017, 01:25 PM
If you just want a swap and go, the items in the link you posted will be fine.

Seerlah
03-28-2017, 01:28 PM
TT caliper carriers, I believe you need, to run A8 rotors using a stock front caliper. 312mm upgrade. B5 S4 rear calipers...perfect DD brake upgrade. [up]
For the price of the boxter calipers, You can find some 17z kits for around the same price, and its 6pot 330mm upgrade running Mercedes C230sport crossdrilled, and slotted rotors. Really depends if you want over kill, or not. Apikol also makes a bracket for the rear B5S4 calipers that allows you to run a 300mm B6/B7 S4 rear rotor. I'm doing 17z's with the b5s4 rears with the Apikol bracket.

I meant carriers. I'll edit the post. Good catch!

thedanplasse
03-28-2017, 01:45 PM
[;)]

Quaality
03-30-2017, 11:15 AM
Okay, i think for now I'll be doing the swap and go parts from FCP but will keep the upgrade in mind for next summer when new job starts and should have more cash flow for "fun stuff". Still have other maintenance to work on, especially since I found a crack in my intercooler and now have to make decision on if i do stock, 034 (stock mount larger capacity) or front mount

ActiveMonkey
03-30-2017, 07:01 PM
I have the akebono brake pads and cannot recommend them. They are quiet but fade pretty fast. I'd go with some EBC yellow stuff pads or something like that.

Bdkxracer17
03-30-2017, 08:45 PM
I literally just did the a8 upgrade to my 99.5 a4 with ebc usr rotors and centric pads just to see the difference before I bought the yellow stuff pads. Instantly noticed a big difference. I only spent 220 on everything and absolutely love it

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