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I've been doing even more reading up on brakes - result being I've ordered some R53 JCW / R56S calipers/hangers, nitrac disks and carbotech pads - should arrive in the next 2-3 weeks, fingers crossed before the 22nd so I can fit them before the track evening :unsure: I'd love a bbk but at this stage I think I'd be better off buying a set of NS-2R's and a few more track days for the difference :cool:

Meanwhile I've got the front off the car to look at some brake ducting and positioning an IR sensor to do some testing with. I also noticed some corrosion on my hard brake lines to the front brakes so I've ordered some pipe, flaring kit, etc. to sort that out! Don't want to be worrying about that going pop.

Other than that I'm about 60% of the way through the Hobo thread :geek: and making space in the garage. On the up-side I found my old beer fridge while tidying so that'll come in handy in this heat!
 

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Good job on getting your first track day in, glad to see the car behaved well.

I’m also looking into brakes and fancy some 4pots, the Budweg JCW style brakes look like great value and I am also swaying towards these.

Just need to factor wheel clearance into what you decide to go for.

Edit : Scrap that, somehow missed your last post.

I’d be interested to know swayed your decision on the brakes in the end?
 

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I’d be interested to know swayed your decision on the brakes in the end?
A couple of things really - I saw more posts about the 4 pots overheating that the R56S ones with melting dust seals being particularly mentioned, and they would be around £250 more expensive factoring in the discs and pads. I'm also considering running 16's later on and It'd restrict choice on that as they're pretty big. Refurb costs are likely to be lower too but that's a minor thing really.

It wasn't an easy decision though! It may be more people are pushing the 4 pots harder than the R56S brakes so that may account for the extra complaints of overheating.

I do prefer the look of the bigger calipers!
 

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Latest spotted issue: corroded pipe into the clutch slave cylinder. Pipe and cylinder ordered :rolleyes:

Brake pipes to the rear seem fine though so that's something!
 

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Good spot, clutch slave cylinder problems look to be the on trend thing in the project threads at the moment haha

Thanks for your feedback on the brakes, definitely makes sense to go with the R56s ones particularly if you’ll be swapping to a smaller wheel later down the line and don’t want to restrict your choices too much.

Got some second hand Budwegs on the way, they came up on eBay so saw it as a sign!
 

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Yeah the slave cylinder thing seems to be catching! If only I'd been sent the new one I ordered rather than a washer pump :LOL: but I'm sure I'll get it in time to fit it when I need to. I won't be able to get the car back on the road until the new pipe for the brakes turns up, and that's not been dispatched yet. Seems to make sense to do all the hydraulic stuff at once.

I'm sure the 4 pots will be great! Did well to spot those I don't expect they come up that often.

Tomorrow I should get some metalwork delivered so I can start playing with brake ducts soon.
 

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What I assumed would be a simple slave cylinder swap has not been so far!

Top bolt came out fine, but the bottom bolt sheared in half about 10mm from the head of the bolt. When I finally levered the old cylinder off the peg of the bolt, I soaked it over a couple of days and tried using a screwdriver in a slot dremelled into it but no joy. Ended up drilling it out, drill bit broke 95% of the way through and in trying to get that out ended up shearing half the bracket off the gearbox case itself.



So I've disassembled my old slave cylinder and bolted the broken bit to it, used that as a clamp and refitted it with some JB Weld which will hopefully do the job - I'll also make a bracket to go around the cylinder between the 2 bolts to strengthen it more.



Hopefully fitting the new pipe and cylinder, then bleeding the system will not kick me in the teeth as well! Definitely glad I'm doing it though - I only had to move the old pipe and cylinder about 20mm and the pipe started leaking.
 

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I've decided to make up a bracket to connect to this nearby bit of the gearbox casing, which already has a depression in the casting for an M8-ish hole



Figure then the bit I've had to JB weld will not be under as much stress.

Track day next week I'm thinking it's unlikely I'll get the new brakes on even if they do arrive by the weekend - if I can get at worst a fluid change and best some cooling I'll be happy
 

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I think that's the location the repair brackets use anyway? Usually a plate and threaded bar with several nuts to hold the slave away, maybe forget the alloy part for now unless you can weld it or something....
 

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Some progress of sorts - I've fixed the clutch slave cylinder (fingers crossed) with a proper replacement bracket and gear changes are OK now (they never have been great - clutch and SMF is on the cards in the future).

I never made it to the track day in August - annoying as it looked like there were 3 other R53's there which would've been fun! It was taking me up to 45 seconds to get a gear from a standstill so I decided to leave it and not risk damaging the 'box for the sake of 2 hours around a track. It turned out the bracket I had made had loosened off, but I'd already decided a more substantial one was required!

I've now got a new windscreen and an MOT booked so in a couple of weeks I should have a full ticket and be able to get on with fitting the new front brakes :D
 
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