Wilwood Big Brake Installation

Sport Brake setup–a good start
Sport Brake setup–a good start
Remove stock caliper and rotor, add hubcentric spacer
Remove stock caliper and rotor, add hubcentric spacer
Add Caliper Spacer to reposition the caliper on the larger diameter rotor
Add Caliper Spacer to reposition the caliper on the larger diameter rotor
Check-fit Rotor
Check-fit Rotor
Install and properly space Caliper
Install and properly space Caliper
Admire the finished product!
Admire the finished product!
The oversized Wilwood rotor is lighter than the stock Sport rotor
The oversized Wilwood rotor is lighter than the stock Sport rotor
Stock Rotor = 12lbs
Stock Rotor = 12lbs
Big Wilwood Rotor = 8lbs
Big Wilwood Rotor = 8lbs
Stock Caliper = 8.5lbs
Stock Caliper = 8.5lbs
Wilwood Powerlite Four Piston Calipers = 2.5lbs
Wilwood Powerlite Four Piston Calipers = 2.5lbs
Sure looks good…
Sure looks good…
Rear Four Piston Calipers with Integrated E-Brake, a Flyin’ Miata Exclusive
Rear Four Piston Calipers with Integrated E-Brake, a Flyin’ Miata Exclusive
FM’s Purple Caliper Bracket. E-Brake Levers are just in view to the left.
FM’s Purple Caliper Bracket. E-Brake Levers are just in view to the left.

It was a pretty straightforward installation of the Wilwood brakes and rotors today.  One thing I found out about the weight claims I’ve heard–they were wrong.  I’d heard that I could expect a four pound total weight drop.  It turns out that the Big Brake Kit rotor alone is four pounds lighter.  Add that to the six pound caliper savings and we’re talking double digit weight loss per corner!  That is really good news, as the first best type of weight to lose is rotating mass.  The next best is unsprung weight.  We’ve got both.

3 Comments

  • Grant says:

    Will we see any teasers of the car before SEMA? How long will it be before you guys are offering the windshield option?

  • Cord Bauer says:

    Grant–the subscribers to the website have already seen pictures of the car being built today, and more teasers will be sent out prior to the show. Like last year, we’ll probably show the car on the trailer as we go out the Las Vegas.

    The windshield is a big question for a lot of people. We were going to make our own custom windshield, but the Miata fits beautifully and is just too damn easy to make. It will be offered and available in 2014.

  • Eric says:

    40lb weight drop, nice!

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