Sunday, January 16, 2011

What Endless Brakes?


Pic 1: Endless 6 pot brakes clearance

Yes I can't wait for those lovely Endless 6 pot brakes to be installed into the ER34!!


Two days ago, I try-fitted in the Endless 6 pot but was utterly disappointed that there is a clearance issue. Between the caliper and the inner wheel, there's just about 2mm of clearance. The clearance is so close that even the wheel balancing counter-weighs couldn't pass through the gap. Yes it's that small. With the balancing counter-weighs removed, even the residue two-way tape underneath touches the caliper as the wheel is spun around.


Pic 2: It will hit on the balancing counter-weighs at the bottom left of the picture

A couple of guys said it's ok as long as the caliper does not touch any part of the wheel as it turns, but me being a little bit more careful gave it a hard thought and conjure out some worst case scenarios. I was thinking of:-

- Wheel flex under hard load (eg. while cornering) could have physical impact with the calipers
- A bent wheel (if I hit a massive pot hole) could also have physical impact with the calipers
- If a pebble/stone gets lodged between the caliper and the wheel, the inner wheel would have been scratched to kingdom come.
- etc.....

All of these thoughts made me realise that I cannot be driving with full confidence with these in my head. It is just not worth it to be thinking of the what-ifs while driving enthusiastically.

I do know the problem is due to my wheel design which is a Work Emotion XD-9 but changing to a new wheel now is not the solution. I tried-fitted in a Volk Racing TE37 and it has ample clearance. So much that a kid could be swimming in between! Well ok, I exaggerated a little bit but you get the picture.

Due to the above fears, I have decided not to mount on the Endless 6 pot brakes. It's totally sad as I was looking forward to having some good uprated braking power. Plus it's like my dream set of brakes. Sob! So I guess these brakes would be up for sale if there's any interested parties out there. :(


Pic 3: Newly skimmed Project Mu SCR Pro rotors

Well because I can't get those lovely Endless brakes in, I've decided to uhm ..... 're-new' my current brakes. I had the Project Mu SCR Pro rotors skimmed a wee bit and also changed to new Endless Super Street - S-sports brake pads (EP230 SSS). These are rated to 500 degrees which would be sufficient for fast road usage.


Pic 4: Endless Super Street - S-sports brake pads (EP230 SSS)


Pic 5: Endless Super Street - S-sports brake pads (EP230 SSS)

16 comments:

  1. wouldve been an awesome upgrade!

    at least the nissan calipers are in endless blue! one can only dream! :\

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  2. Finally! Simply awesome. Love it.

    btw, Happy New Year, E.J.

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  3. Oh shoot! Was too excited that I commented without reading the entire post. Pardon the comment before.

    What are you going to do with the brakes now? Straight to changing tyres?

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  4. Zul, yeah such a shame. Stock calipers same colour but way different. LOL

    J.Y 元, Happy New Year to you too. Might just sell off the brakes unless a cheap set of GOOD wheels in the right offset came my way.

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  5. Don't worry soon you'll be fitting that Endless, a hunch from me :)

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  6. Since its ur dream brakes, I feel you should keep it. Or you might regret selling it off :)

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  7. Fir, well I tell myself I will sell it off if the offer meets my minimum expectation else will rather keep it. :P

    Anonymous, yeah I know I will regret if it's gone but if it's not doing anything in the store room, I might as well free up some cash flow.

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  8. EJ,

    Just get another set of rims with diff offset. It might clear it

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  9. Andrew, rotor surface area is important. Reducing it is like downgrading the awesome brakes. :P

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  10. Bro,

    Not really true. Most calipers are usable over a range of diameters and I'm pretty sure the Endless kit didn't come with rotors of min diameter. Just 1cm smaller diameter should do the trick and clear your rims nicely.

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  11. Hi bro. Not referring to the calipers but with the reduced friction area with a smaller rotor.

    But just out of curiousity, will the brackets have to be redone with a smaller rotor?

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  12. Hi Bro,

    Yes the brackets will have to be redone.

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  13. Yeah, that's why it's not an option for me. Don't want to make brackets which will cost me on top of purchasing a new set of rotors.

    With that cost on hand, might as well channel it to another set of wheels.

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  14. A pretty nice upgrade. wanted to have the same brakes for my car. Anyways, how much did it cost?

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