Project 180: Stage3

180brake1The next thrilling stage of the Project 180SX build. The brake upgrade is the next thing to get a serious look at. There are some big issues that a lot of people oversee when it comes to building these cars. Read on and we shall divulge the details of these issues and the upgrade done to the 180SX.
There is a way to do things and a way not to do them. As a young enthusiast fresh to the intoxicating world that is modified cars, one often falls into one of many traps when building a car. The most common trap is caused by limited funds and a desire to conform to the image of the modded car world at the ti
me. The result is your race spec Honda Civic now has a mean set of HID head lights and a Pod filter fitment which is great for impressing the ladies but the bald front tyres and the leaking brake master cylinder don’t make it into the cool things to do to your car list. The result is a car that a) is very clearly built on limited funds and b) a death trap of a rig terrorising the suburbs with a cannon exhaust greater in diameter then the average household drain pipe.
As you slowly claw your way up the ladder that is credibility in this scene the next big trap is possibly even more dangerous. The acknowledgement that your carby powered corolla or the 3.8 ecotech motor fitted to every Commodore ever made is in fact a boat anchor is defiantly a good start. So wh


at do you do? You put on a slab and some pizza, call your your mates or even go as far as making a facebook event and you coax them into ripping out said boat anchor. This usually takes about a day and once the sauce starts to kick in everyone stands around looking at an empty engine bay convinced mechanicing is not hard and anyone could do it.
You then spend the next six to twelve weekends fitting an SR or RB powered motor into the empty bay and getting it running. Your community o


f qualified spectators are now nowhere to be seen and when it’s finally done some shady corners have been cut, the gear box tunnel looks like a chewed minty from you belting it with a hammer to make the gearbox fit and your new radiator mounts made from book shelf brackets resemble the best that any DIY guy can handle armed with Bunnings finest.
Great now your Car cuts sick, the clutch master has a slow leak so you have to fill it up every two days but who cares, Belrose industrial estate here we come. You have however forgotten one major thing. How are you going to stop that thing. It’s all good and well that you can now smoke every MX6 you come acr


oss. But that brake pedal made of sponge cake needs some attention.
Its more common than not for us to see early model Commodores running Rb25s or Datsuns running SR engines but they often are still running the best 1982 had to offer. Drum brakes at the rear and a front disc the diameter of an English high tea saucer. Its not enough to just slap a motor in and leave the brakes and suspension behind. The fact of the matter is this could be the difference between life and death.
Project 180 was never going to be left behind. The complete R33 Skyline brake set up conversion had already been carried out on this car before we acquired it. (We do have to do it all over again in stage 4 due to the suspension upgrades). The Skyline rear brake set up is fine for this car but now that were rocking a twin turbo Rb26 it was agreed that some serious front brakes were needed.
Our second 180 project car is running a set of Evo 8 brakes on the front and a 300ZX brake master cylinder. This combination means the car pulls up instantly like an obedient K9. We drove this c


ar for a weekend to see how we liked the combination and concluded it was the best option.
The parts were ordered and a few weeks later the 300ZX master and our very own set of EVO8 brake calipers (which were now painted black) and rotors were fitted up. We had some troubles bleeding the system and opted to get the calipers overhauled to ensure everything was functioning as it should. After the overhaul they were bolted back up and we bleed many, many litres of brake fluid through it to get a solid brake pedal. It now pulls up on demand.

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