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Old 21-09-2010   #16
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re: Fiat 500 Brake Disc Upgrade

Is there any Fiats with larger brakes which could be used? One with similar offsets and mounting for calipers?

The ePer is not much help, I did have a quick look.

The reason for suggesting is on the old pug 306, 406 brembos with 3ltr xantia discs could be used to great effect. (had to change wheels though)
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re: Fiat 500 Brake Disc Upgrade

I've done a little over 51000 miles in a 1.4 including dozens of trackdays with many hour and a half plus sessions non stop, 3 nurburgring trips over multiple days and a weekend at Spa. I'm generally quite heavy on brakes too so I've done some experimentation over a two year period. If you want to upgrade your brake performance and you don't want to spend silly money do this:

- Change front discs to EBC turbo groove (quite reasonable value)
- Change front pads to Ferodo 2500 (nope, not cheap but not brembo money either)
- Have the fluid completely flushed through with Castrol SRF (yes, it's expensive at £50 a litre but its worth it)

This is the best combination in terms of value for money. Optionally fit some stainless steel lines.

It took me about half a dozen brake changes to work this out. When I say changes I mean pads, discs, fluids.

Ignore the rear brakes. If you're leaning on them hard enough to be thinking about upgrades then you're leaning on them enough that the real force is happening up front. Stuffing about with the rear isn't worth the hassle. Both EBC greens and Ferodo will ship you pads for the rear that don't fit anyway. They're the right shape but the wrong thickness pads. Don't throw your money away. Just get some solid discs and Pagid rear pads if you need to replace them. But only if you need to replace them. Pagid rear pads and discs will run you about £50. Again, only when needed, the rear doesn't do that much of the braking.
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You are also assuming that the master cylinder is the same size. And we all know what assumption is don't we.....
I am assuming that the Brembo website is accurate...
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I am assuming that the Brembo website is accurate...
Q. And what is assumption??????

A. The mother of all **** ups.
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Q. And what is assumption??????

A. The mother of all **** ups.
To be fair though, this is Brembo and if the info was wrong it would have been changed by now.
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Q. And what is assumption??????

A. The mother of all **** ups.


So your saying the Brembo website is wrong? Don't understand what your saying?
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So your saying the Brembo website is wrong? Don't understand what your saying?
No, I'm saying double check before you do anything.

A simple call to a Fiat dealers parts dept would probably tell you if the master cyls are the same.
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Hi guys, I have a Fiat 500 1.2 2007 and i am thinking if i can upgrade the current breaking system to 1.4 system. is this possible ? just the caliper will fit to 1.2? what else i need to do it?

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Hi jimboo and a very warm welcome

I've seen some thread revivals in my time, but to revive a thread last posted in six years ago, has to be a record! Still, I'm sure someone will be along to help.

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Hi jimboo and a very warm welcome

I've seen some thread revivals in my time, but to revive a thread last posted in six years ago, has to be a record! Still, I'm sure someone will be along to help.

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hi all, just joined, and I want to ask a question, probably been asked many times over the years, I have a 500 1.2 2009, I have been looking at the front callipers and discs. will the Abarth callipers with there carriers, just bolt on with the matching discs (284 mm) dia ?. or do I need more parts to match it all up, any help and info would be great.
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Re: 1.2 upgrade front brakes to abarth

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re: Fiat 500 Brake Disc Upgrade

hi there jimboo, I have just found this post ,and I am asking the question, will the Abarth calipers ,with there carriers and discs bolt on to my 500 1.2, or do I need more parts ?
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hi there jimboo, I have just found this post ,and I am asking the question, will the Abarth calipers ,with there carriers and discs bolt on to my 500 1.2, or do I need more parts ?


Donít put bigger brakes on a 1.2. They will only make your car slower, I donít mean that in a jokey sense either.
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Re: 1.2 upgrade front brakes to abarth

Hi Orac, and welcome to the forum.

I see you've found this old thread on the subject - well done for finding it after all this time!

Pay particular attention to this post; the writer used a 1.4 extensively for trackday work and is well placed to comment from experience on what works, and what doesn't.

Also what exactly are you trying to achieve? For normal road use, the standard 500 brakes work just fine.
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