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    Howdy,

    OK, I got Capri 2.8i front struts (245 vented) with 5 stud billet hub conversions.

    The calipers hit the hub as it's a lot thicker than stock. Already sent them back and had them trimmed back but the calipers still don't friggin go on.

    I'm right outta cash so need to resolve this as economically as poss and put monster brakes on after the recession! :****er:

    I don't want to talk to the hub supplier again, just want to move on.
    So having the hubs tweaked again (by them) aint an option.
    Although there is still an awful lot of metal there.

    The Tech question is what 'upgrade' will give the best braking?

    I'm looking at swapping out the calipers for 4 pot W*lwoods.
    They look slimmer and don't obviously have the single large central piston each side
    (which the stock does and it's that that's hitting the hub)

    OR

    Get a large disk conversion to 280mm which retains the stock calipers and a simple bracket shifts the caliper out that extra 20mm

    So, will 4 pot calipers on 245 discs OR 2 pot calipers on 280 discs (more leverage alledgedly) work better?

    cheers
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    I've found the only people that really know what they're talking about is Caprisport - Google 'em...


    They're a club so you'll have to join - not mega dear though TBH...

    But be warned Neil doesn't suffer fools gladly - he's a clever bloke that's worked out the most cost effective way of using standard - ish components

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    There is always the M16 princess caliper option with a widening hit (make it yourself).

    They are 4 pot and both can be bought on ebay, direct fit and allow vented discs too

    [I]'m doing the same as you, I ended up buying a wilwood set up at great expense (for various reasons) from Peter LLoyd rallying. Again, incredably knowledgeable and helpful, google and give him a bell

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    iv read that volvo 4 pot s fit but they never tell you which volvo to get them of, out of interest what are the struts on, i ask because im collecting bits/ ideas for a cortina project

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    Hi, the struts/clip are on a MKII Consul.

    My build up thingy...

    https://www.rodsnsods.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=658



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    have you used all capri stuff x member etc

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    ive manufactured numerous brake conversions and billet hubs, HA viva, cortina and even some jap stuff. if you want the hubs modifying let me know, i can take them down as small as i make mine (i know they are safe as they were properly stress tested) the other calliper option is the later ford sliding caliper, it only has 1 piston so will clear the hub no problem, we use these on the viva conversion and it works well with capri vented disks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevie.t View Post
    iv read that volvo 4 pot s fit but they never tell you which volvo to get them of, out of interest what are the struts on, i ask because im collecting bits/ ideas for a cortina project
    Depends on caliper mounting bolt pitch, I think the Volvos would fit Mk2/3 (from memory) but they certainly don't fit in place of M16 calipers ( like Capris etc ) ,got the tear stained T shirt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kapri View Post
    Depends on caliper mounting bolt pitch, I think the Volvos would fit Mk2/3 (from memory) but they certainly don't fit in place of M16 calipers ( like Capris etc ) ,got the tear stained T shirt.
    car'nt comment on this, this is what iv read in classic ford, from memory they have fitted volvo to capri but whats involved im not to sure, if you have tried it and got the t shirt perhaps theres more to it

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    Dont know if it helps but i have used princess m16 4 pot calipers with a spacer kit , with vented , cross drilled disks brough from ( rally designs )
    fit up to cortina mk 5 hubs 257mm disks.
    Products meeting the search criteria


    Product Name+ Price Buy Now
    Austin Princess 4-Pot Fast Road Pads £16.76
    Austin Princess 4-Pot M1144 Fast Road Pads £34.51
    Princess 257mm Discs - Escort Princess 4-Pot Conversion Plain £34.75
    Princess 257mm Discs - Escort Princess 4-Pot Conversion X-Drille £49.75
    Princess 4-Pot Caliper Spacer Kit £24.50
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    HOPE THIS HELPS.

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