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12-11-2003, 04:14 PM #21
Just be careful of caliper width.
Lower offset wheels won't fit. The guys in Japan used a high offset.
I looked into a 14" Wilwood setup. The Billet calipers are narrow, but
too square for a MK2 wheel.Jim
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12-11-2003, 04:25 PM #22
the 15's i have have plenty of padding. they actually clear the hub by alot more then my enkei's. i theink this will work for the blue car when i put the 15's on it. i still want the bbk for the black car. the enkei's dont have as much clearance.
12-11-2003, 05:18 PM #23
This is all very interesting! Methinks I'll be scouring the import yards for a set of R32 brakes. And considering I'm doing a 5-stud conversion (using MS65 Crown hubs) I won't even have to re-drill the rotors. Sweet!
Good info Frank.
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12-11-2003, 08:03 PM #24
12-11-2003, 10:11 PM #25
Hmm, I was also thinking of the MS65 hub upgrade down the track, would be interesting do see what rotors are available in the DBA catalog, how much bigger in overall rotor height do you reckon would be available?GA61 Celica XX - The little ant that could.
12-11-2003, 10:36 PM #26
Easier to do this....
1, Mount the Z32 caliper on the MK2 strut. It fits so perfect it's scary. Even the stock MK2 mounting bolts have the exact same thread pattern and length needed.
2. Buy discs in 11" diamter from AP Racing (280x25), Coleman (11X1) or Wilwood (11X.81). Again a perfect diameter fit for the stock Z32 caliper and pads fitted to the MK2.
3. Fabricate two hats that are flat with a large center hole for the hub center, four holes (100x4) for mounting it to the hub and finally the outer holes to mount the disc. Yes there are VW discs, but the hat is just a little too tall and you will need to machine the inside of the hub and VW disc.
4. Fabricate four shims shaped like the pads because you are using a narrower discs than the stock Z32. The thickness of the shims depends on the disc width used.
5. Use a 1" adapter and mount wheels that are the appropriate offset, because the caliper is incredibly wide. Or find wheels with a thick hub center (like these http://ca.geocities.com/mk2supra1985/wheels ) . Notice on the Japanese web site they used adapters as well.
I posted a picture of the shims I made.
My 16" to 17" wheel conversion is the reason I said it goes hand in hand with another project I did. I already have the adapters. Easy to find wheels if you use the right adapter.
I wanted to do the least amount of machining possible. The shims are easy to make, the hats are the only thing that may cost you money at a machine shop. These parts never wear, so you never have to replace them. Every other part (pads and discs) is easy to buy and replace. The less we take off (machine) the less strength we give up in the stock parts.
That's why I didn't go the route of using the stock Z32 rotors. Remember the stock hubs have no races so if they wear early you will have to resurface the new ones before installing them. An adapter is needed to hold the caliper and still an adapter for mounting the wheel. The discs need to be redrilled (with both bolt patterns on the discs there may be balancing issues).
I will post everything I do once I complete the project.
I will be trying the stock MK2 wheel and tyre setup with a 1" adapter on a MK2 to see just how it fits. If remember correctly the wheel did go around the big caliper... just.
There are so many variations on completing this project. That's why I didn't want to say anything till it was figured out.
12-12-2003, 12:05 AM #27
FYI I just learned that R33/R34 Skyline calipers are a similar size to the R32 items but they're constructed from alloy as opposed to cast iron, so obviously they're much lighter and also dissipate heat better. Anyone considering this upgrade should try to get their hands on R33 or R34 calipers if possible.
12-12-2003, 12:59 AM #28FYI I just learned that R33/R34 Skyline calipers are a similar size to the R32 items but they're constructed from alloy as opposed to cast iron, so obviously they're much lighter and also disapate heat better.
I have one of the aluminum styles. Here is a great link for more on 300zx calipers.
These calipers are identical fitment as some Infinities and other Nissans such as the Skyline R32.
The reason I chose to work with these calipers over any Toyota 4 pistons was the mount pattern. As I stated before the mount hole placement is exactly the same as the MK2s. The bolt size, length and thread pattern is exactly the same also. This makes mounting them easy, no adapter. The bonus is the caliper mount hieght is perfect for 280mm (11") discs, right down to the 2" pad to disc surface.
Make sure the R33/34 calipers have the same measurements as the ones I used. Do you need more measurements?
I just went out and tried the stock 14" Ptype wheels with a 1" adapter and the caliper, no way. 15" and bigger, try the wheels first.
I still prefer to fabricate a custom hat over machining the face of the hub. Better to leave what's there if possible to try and keep the strength up.
Once I get the discs I will fabricate some hats and post the dimensions.
12-12-2003, 04:32 AM #29
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Very interesting rsdeo!
I guess theres more than one way to skin a cat huh? I actually like the idea of using the ap disks with fabbed hats.
BTW...about the wheel adapter... I read on the japanese website that the 1" adapter was temporary. It was only for the +24mm BBS RS's that he had until he got those -5mm works' that you see there on the home page.
Karaki: about the 40mm RCA....they were a one off item. And the coilovers are custom shortened strut cases with some kind of spring perch and threaded sleeve kinda like on this ae86 strut casing from techno toy tuning.
He's using tokico HTS struts for an AE86 with a 25mm strut tube spacer, and some 9kg 230mm springs with an inner diameter of 75mm.
In the rear he's using normal stroke TRD shocks for an AE86. With some 7kg springs.
Im not to sure on how this setup is working for him though. It doesnt really say.Frank.
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12-12-2003, 08:01 AM #30
I like the AP Racing discs as well, they are just hard to get over here on this side of the pond. The fact that they are 5mm thicker than the stock MK2 discs will greatly help dissipate heat. Instead of just making the diameter larger why not do a bit of both?
I guess then I will stick to the Wilwoods. I can get those pretty easily from a place in Niagara Falls NY.
My idea for mounting the discs is not the best, but will work. As I stated a few times before I was trying to do this conversion at the lowest cost possible. Less fabrication means less cost.BTW...about the wheel adapter... I read on the japanese website that the 1" adapter was temporary. It was only for the +24mm BBS RS's that he had until he got those -5mm works' that you see there on the home page.
Wait a minute the caliper from the Z32 look the same as the ones in the images on the site. You will notice that the outside face lines up to the edge of the studs also. Any wheel mounted without an adapter will need a thick center pad for them also.He's using tokico HTS struts for an AE86 with a 25mm strut tube spacer, and some 9kg 230mm springs with an inner diameter of 75mm.
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