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Old 04-07-2008, 01:45 PM
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Default Altima/Maxima Brake Upgrades...

This section is in DESPERATE need of some activity. Come on people, it's the 240, the most popular Nissan chassis today, let's get some content.


Anyway, a while back I was taking the old OEM calipers off the Altima to put those along with my old 4-lug Altima discs on the 240, since that seems to be a cheap brake upgrade. Upon taking the Altima caliper off and getting ready to put it on the 240 I noticed something: they're the same caliper.

This intrigued me because I'm always reading that the upgrade goes as such: Maxima calipers, Altima rotors, on a 240. Well I know for a fact that the Altima and Maxima use the same caliper (up front anyway), but looking over the 240 caliper it also is the exact same. Same shape, design, piston size, etc. I checked out Autozone.com and cross-referenced part numbers and sure enough, they are the same (ex. Beck Arnley/Brake Caliper/Front, 3 MO Warranty, all have part #076-0807 or 076-0808 for left and right).

The only difference is the carrier (caliper bracket) on the Altimas and Maximas is larger in order to clear the 11" rotor. So, if you're going for the relatively cheap 11" disc brake upgrade, forget buying new calipers and just get the caliper bracket from an Altima or Maxima at a boneyard somewhere, it'll be a lot cheaper than paying for the same caliper. Or better yet, buy a real big brake kit
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Intresting to note this! With that said, to me this would be just as good as a Q45 setup, but even cheaper. I absolutly believe that Q45 setups are a waste of time, especially with how cheap you can go Z32 30mm!
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but "real" big brake kits would be overkill for most people.
just simply upgrading from the stock 10"er to the altima 11" disc would work beautifully.
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^you're definitely right. I smoke my brakes a lot less with the 11"ers than I did with the paltry 10"ers. And they're really about perfect size for auto-x too, as I hope you find out! ;)

Ace - I agree, for the price of Z32 calipers I think Q45's are a waste. Actually, I think the Altima/Maxima upgrade is kind of a waste too unless you just need new rotors and can shell out the extra $10 or whatever for the brackets.
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At the going price of Z32 fronts, I don't regret buying them one bit.

I went with the 26mm fronts because the guy had just rebuilt them and didn't need them anymore.

Now, I have a full Z32 e-brake and 5-lug assembly just chilling in the garage waiting for my new wheels next month.

So, I figured with the new brake and wheel upgrade, might as well swap out all the cheap stuff with track tested/proven parts.

Parts currently in garage:

Z32 E-Brake assembly(full)
Z32 rear 5-lug
JIC FLTA-2 Coilovers
Nismo Motor/Tranny mounts
Jonnie Fraz power brace
Project Mu B-Force pads(fronts/rears)
Circuit Sports rotors(fronts/rears)
Cusco strut bars(flat/newer style, front/rear)
Z32 rear conversion lines
180sx OEM Sideskirts

Parts on order:

Work VS-XX, Fully Polished - 17x9 +5, 17x10 +19
Federal 595's - 215/45 fronts, 235/40 rears
Circuit Sports 5-lug front hubs
SPL RUCA's
Circuit Sports traction rods
Godspeed sway bars
Sub-frame spacers
Z32 BMC
Xenon front lip
180sx rear valance

What's on my car already that I'm keeping:
Z32 26mm fronts
Tein tie rods/ends
Secchii tension rods
PDM Racing control arms
Megan rear lower toe arms

It's definitely going to feel like a whole new car again.

Oh, and having a high paying job also kicks ass.

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I am with you man, I just got in today my 300zx swap. I picked up a set of front and rear alumninum Z32 knuckles with rotors/hubs/calipers included for $350, which isn't bad I don't think since it means I now have a full Z32 brake upgrade (26mm's), 5-lug, lightweight rear aluminum knuckles and rotors/ebrake setup, sans the cables of course.

I just need the cables, some SS lines and some rear Z32 struts. I actually think I'm going to go ahead and buy some Tokcio front and rear struts, S13 fronts and Z32 rears, since they're cheap. I have a set of wheels I can use, but I need tires too. Lol I also have my non-HICAS subframe sitting there collecting dust, waiting for the money for these other parts so I can do it all at once.
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Definitely. Its getting really expensive now, but its all worth it. I still have the other shell to build as well.

I have fun doing this which makes it all worth while.
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Nice to see you guys kicking it up a notch!

PS CrimsonRocket: Your wheels are hotness in a bottle. They fit my car well too, if you ever decide to part with them ;)
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This section is rising thanks for making this thread
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Custom steel rear 11.4" b13 brackets and z31 U.S. spec non turbo 84-86 brake rotors is an option when you don't want to switch bolt patterns

12.2" wilwoods 4 piston setup w/ 2 piece rotors


total cost for this setup is about..

1000 for the front
300 for the rear

now you can use a proportioning valve but that really won't do much and if you have an abs system, you'll eff it up.
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Have you ever tried the brembo and akebono brake calipers, they said they work amazing with nissan
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