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Has anyone upgraded their brakes to Baer?

I'd like to install new cross drilled rotors and red 6 pistons calipers as a winter project.

Part numbers or information as to where to buy them would certainly be appreciated. I'm running stock chrome SSR wheels. I've been asking around locally they want me use a template etc. to see if they are available and for fitment.

I'm just trying to avoid reinventing the wheel if someone has done this already.

Thanks, Pat.
 

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Has anyone upgraded their brakes to Baer?

I'd like to install new cross drilled rotors and red 6 pistons calipers as a winter project.

Part numbers or information as to where to buy them would certainly be appreciated. I'm running stock chrome SSR wheels. I've been asking around locally they want me use a template etc. to see if they are available and for fitment.

I'm just trying to avoid reinventing the wheel if someone has done this already.

Thanks, Pat.
Hey, Pat

Which way you go would have to depend on budget and needs.

The Baer or Brembo solution is a 3K project. I'd have to assume much improved braking along with great looks.

Personally, I've been happy with the performance of the stock brakes, and really don't feel I'm ever close to overdriving their capability.

If you want a much less expensive approach with really good looks, $250 for a set of Rotorpros rotors, and $20 for a can of high heat red paint to brush on the calipers will do the job nicely.

Rotorpros drills and slots stock rotors, then zinc coats them and paints the hubs your choice of color. I checked the Rotorpros against stock - same part number.

Changing the wheels helps to show the rotors.:)

I put the rotors on the yellow truck in 04, moved them to the two tone in 06. Seven years on them, and no corrosion on the outer edges. The zinc coating works great. Rotors still look new.

ROTORPROS - Performance Brakes - Brake Pads, Brake Rotors and Brake Kits
 

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I have Baer slotted/drilled & powder coated calipers on my Stang. They look great. They Stop. The parking brake does not hold. I must remember to leave it in gear. Also had to buy a new spare.
If you decide on big brakes make sure the current(or future) wheels will fit over them.
 

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That's my big fear.

Plunking down over 3 large and not getting what I want / need.
Check out the many threads on ss trailblazer site. Many have requested data on actual stopping distance improvements and nothing has ever emerged. The probable reality, they look great, stop ok but little or no perceivable difference to oem.
 

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Nothing like the passage of time to get the data needed. I know this thread is a decade old, but I wanted to answer a question indirectly answered by motortrend in 2013 when they did a Baer big brake kit on a TBSS (in order to keep our hallowed site a great resource). Incidentally, I confirmed with Baer that the TBSS kit works on the SSR And NOrCal SS has some experience putting them on Rs (And also mentioned the OEM 19” front fit. We shal see….

I guess it helps to post the performance data:geek:

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That’s serious stopping power! For perspective, the c8 z51 does 60-0 in 108 feet, and the c7 z51 did it in 107.
 

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Just in case anyone cares…the trailblazer SS kit bolts right up. Kind of. Both trailblazer SS and SSR front rotor shield must be trimmed down to allow the rotor not to to touch.
 

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If anyone needs a justification, there isn’t a really good one…except…Murica!!!, it was mainly for the look. I just couldn’t bring myself to live with caliper covers. I know it’s a terribly expensive mod relative to the performance gain overall. But…
 

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If anyone needs a justification, there isn’t a really good one…except…Murica!!!, it was mainly for the look. I just couldn’t bring myself to live with caliper covers. I know it’s a terribly expensive mod relative to the performance gain overall. But…
Did you try fitting the OEM wheels with the Baer brakes installed? The issue has always seemed to be that you could not get the SSR wheels to clear the front calipers……. Just need to verify.

By the way……. They look great with those wheels.

Mike
 

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Hi Mike. I’m out of state right now, but I’ll snap a photo with the front wheel on and post it here…if it fits.
As I remember, it is the center portion of only the front wheels that runs into the face of the caliper closest to the hub. Be careful you don’t scratch yours. I believe the back wheels are fine.

Thanks for checking

Mike
 
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