I had my eyes on the AEM Big rotor kit that keeps the oe caliper. Would that be a bad choice since they are both slotted and drilled? I'm doing more show than racing, but it's still a summer daily driver.
as some people have already said...it's basically an aesthetic mod.
you don't really stop much shorter, but you won't stop longer either. it's pretty much an aesthetic mod. one thing the kit DOES do though is decrease brake fade...and does it very well. for the first 80% of pressure applied, it is greater than stock. that means when trying to slow down (but not completely stop) you will stop faster with the same amount of pressure applied on the brakes than in the stock setup. so it FEELS like your stopping distance is shortened because you can FEEL how well the brakes are slowing you down initially. and the last 20% of stopping pressure is less than stock, so that the stopping distance is shortened enough to justify the price. hopefully you got what i mean by this..if not feel free to shoot me a PM and i'll try explaining it better
but to give AEM
credit though...you don't WANT a big-brake kit that makes you stop much shorter. the reason is that because the big-brake kit only deals with the front-rotors. meanwhile, the rear rotors are untouched. as i said earlier about the first 80% being greater than stock--what do you think the rear is doing?? NOTHING AT ALL. this is because the rear brakes are designed to only give so much pressure to avoid swerving when you brake..but since the front brakes are now stopping harder the rears are basically just sitting there--which puts more stopping requirements on the front brakes (big brakes). this added strain on the front means the front brakes stop slower than they would have...which evens the playing feild with the stock brakes.
but anyway, in anything less than a total stop--big brake kits are decent. but it doesnt take a genius to figure out that total stopping distance is the only real thing that matters in braking.
Thanks for the explanation I learn something new everyday.
All or most big brake kits for the Celica are for the front only. New 4 pistons or above calipers (if you can get custom), rotors, pads, SS brake lines, and brake fluid. Those same companies will sell you a better rear pad and rotor or even an upgrade caliper in the rear if need be (not that I ever heard of that for a Celica). They will figure in the whole front/rear and front to rear brake bias and come up with something that will work.
is a big rotor kit that doesn't do anything, but add weight, relocate the stock caliper, and give good looks.
I will almost write that stock pads and stock rotors with SS brake lines and better fluid will give the same results or better.
Just upgrading the pads and or rotors is more than enough and possibly overkill. The SS brake lines will help knockout the fade and so will the brake fluid. A great addition to any brake system.
I have heard, and I don't know if it's true, that most true big brake upgrades like TRD
, Stoptech, Brembo, etc. will actually make you lose time 0-60 and the 1/4 mile or HP.
Like you said previously Speed4TheNeed, tires also make a very important part of braking.