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Tom.

Mk4 Ibiza Brake upgrades.

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Right. Starting this thread as a bit of a resource for people looking to upgrade the brakes on their car.

First thing to take into account, is that most brake upgrades are designed to fit the hubs found only on the PD130 and PD160 diesels, or 1.8t + 2.0l petrol models.

However, the hubs from the above models, can be retro fitted to lower spec models.

Start off with an upgrade for the lower spec models.

Lucas calipersand 288mm disks, as found on the PD130's and 1.8t FR as standard;

Bare in mind, for this upgrade, you will NEED different hubs. Best bet would be search ebay, or local breakers yards.

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ATE (TT, S3 ect) calipers with 312mm disks;

Great upgrade for those with remapped PD130's/FR 1.8t's. Noticeably better performance than the standard 288's. Actually ran these on my stage 3 PD130 for a good while, with no issues. This upgrade can be done for as little as £200, so great for those on a budget. Best place for sourcing parts; TT Shop, or search forum for sale sections.

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SEAT Sport (AP Racing) calipers and 312mm disks;

Come as a standard Item on UK spec Cupra models (both petrol and diesel), and offer great stopping power. These are a 4 pot caliper, and will cost around £600-800 to retrofit. Watch out whem it comes to wheel clearance though! these are very wide calipers, and wheels that clear them are few and far between.

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KSport 8 pot calipers with 330mm disks;

I believe I am the first, and possibly still the only person to have opted for these on a MK4 Ibiza. KSport are a relatively new company, offering complete uprated brake packages, developed on track, at very competative prices. They come in a range of sizes, starting with 6 pot calipers mated to 286mm disks, right up to monsterous 8pot calipers mated to 400mm disks. The big restriction here, is as with the SEAT Sport calipers, wheel clearance. The largest brakes they offer that will fit under 17" rims, are the 8 pot 330mm kit (pictured below) Price wise, these come in at £800, and having ran them for a good few months, are worth every penny. Ive never felt stopping power quite like it!

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Brembo GT kit;

The below picture actually shows the brake kit on a MK1 Leon, but these have the same hub fitment and PCD as the higher model MK4 Ibiza's.

These are very similar to the AP racing calipers found on the Cupra, but are slightly narrower, allowing a wider range of wheels to clear them. The kit costs around £1000, and is available from various VAG tuning specialists.

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Seat Leon cupra r brembos are also a straight fit.

Bolt right on with 312mm discs and allow a larger wheel choice that the seat sport APs

Or with a little adaptation, can be fitted with lightweight 2 piece 325mm discs.

Depending in the caliper price, this can be a surprisingly cheap conversion.

I done mine for around 500, but I would generally budget about 800

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Got any pictures of yours fella? I'll update first post with it tomorrow.

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I called my guy at TPS today, the BEST price he could give me on a pair of the AP Racing calipers was for a few quid less than £1000!

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wee question, got a 57plate 1.4 sport and really fancy getting rid of the drum brakes at the back, whats the easiest way to go about doing this? oh and can anyone suggest decnt pads and discs for road use for the front? any help would be greatly apprieciated

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Buy my rear beam and calipers, Then you will just need carriers, pads and discs :thumbsup:

linky

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lol. is there alot of work in that? could i not just put the carriers and that on my rear beam? although i like the sound of it if i can get a hold of the other bits

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No, your car isnt designed to have them. So have them you need a rear beam from a higher spec model.

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Might have to send seres a wee email asking how much the rest of the bits would be then see how do able it really is. Thanks t.

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No, your car isnt designed to have them. So have them you need a rear beam from a higher spec model.

Actually, the beams are identical.

You need discs, pads, calipers, carriers, wheel bearings, disc backing plates and handbrake cables.

Then swap all that onto your beam. It's easier to buy a complete beam and fit it though

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so either way its not a driveway job then?

I've swapped a beam on the driveway before. But then again I've also changed a gearbox with the car parked on the kerb and snow running down the gutter as I was lying in it :lol:

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haha. well my mates done his saxo rear beam on the drive i think so i know hed be willing to help if he was payed in some way shape or form lol. how easy is it to change the hand brake cables over? and does changing the beam mean id need diffrent shocks and springs for the back?

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Handbrake cables are simple. No you won't need shocks or springs.

Personally, I'd save yourself time and effort and give the drums a coat of black hammerite

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funny you should say that my dad said exactly the same thing earlier. i would but i despise the site of them lol. the site of thems cikens me lol, ive always hated drums, def summit to look into though

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On my 288mm brakes do i just need the 312on carriers disc and pads read about and a few have said you can use the original 288mm Caliper ?

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Unfortunately you need the calipers as well, there's some slight differences between them

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Cheers Mate Thought i'd best ask first, wonder why some are say are saying that you can use the orgional calliper :thumbsdown:

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I think the golf/a3/octavia/leon have the right calipers where as the ibiza/polo/fabia don't

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I think the golf/a3/octavia/leon have the right calipers where as the ibiza/polo/fabia don't

It depends which calipers your car came with. Some ibizas can use the original calipers

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i haven't a clue pal so just sticking with the safest option and looking for the complete caliper

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i haven't a clue pal so just sticking with the safest option and looking for the complete caliper

If you take photo, I'll tell you if you can use them

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