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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:09 am 
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I went through several sets of the best Wagner rotors on my 98 SSei and would like to avoid that on my 2000 SSEi. I've noticed some upgrades already on the 2000 - 4 disc, larger front rotors?

I'm satisfied with the stopping power, I just don't want to replace rotors every year. Are the new SSEi brakes less prone to probs than the pre-00? (mine are warped right now - just got the car)

After reading a lot of posts on here, I think my two options are simply better rotors and Thermoquiet pads or doing the F body upgrade. From my reading I think that the F body upgrade is simply bolting on larger calipers with more pistons. No modifications necessary? Same size rotors?

Should I put on good rotors and roll forward or go the F body route?


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:53 am 
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Rotors are the same between SLE and SSEi, and the F-body brakes. CTS-V brakes can be refit, but it's a huge pain and really not worth it for DD IMO.

For the calipers, the F-bodies used the same calipers the H-bodies used up until 1998, when the F-bodies went to dual-piston calipers across the board. I picked up a pair of those calipers for 40 bucks at my local u-pull-it, but I mainly got them for cores.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:29 am 
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Will the dual piston caliper from the F body have any effect on heat and rotor warp? I imagine performance would be better, but I'm mainly concerned with longevity and rotor life.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:40 am 
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Yes these are less prone to warping. I'm not aware of any data on whether different calipers make rotors warp differently. If what's on there is fine, leave it, lol.

The next upgrade would be GXP parts, which would upgrade you to 13" rotors, which would help with warping problems. Upgrading to the CTS-V parts requires at least 18" wheels with a good bit of offset....

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 1:04 pm 
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Ok thanks guys. It looks like upgrading to F body brakes probably wouldnt be worth it for my objective. The gxp upgrade is overkill if I have to buy new wheels.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 1:22 pm 
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I'd say get some HD or High Quality rotors and some HD pads all the way around... should improve the braking capability of the car..


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GXP brakes fit under stock 17" wheels. CTS-V brakes need 18's.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 2:35 pm 
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Oops I misunderstood earlier. The CTS-V would be overkill. The GXP might still be an option.

What is needed to put GXP brakes on an SSEI? Bolt on and go?


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Youll need the front rotors, hoses, calipers and caliper brackets. You can use Bonneville or Grand Prix GXP parts as well as some other possibilities that I cant be specific about. Suffice to say, those aluminum 2 piston calipers are used in a lot of GMs.

For the rear its super easy and cheap. Something I would do even if I didnt want to do the front I like a little more rear bias). All you need is the Bonneville GXP rear caliper brackets and rotors. Calipers are the same. You could get the GXP backer plates or bend the outside of yours to not rub on the rotors.

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