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Lemans/Lanos 288mm brake upgrade - How To

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Lemans/Lanos 288mm brake upgrade - How To

Postby GsiTurbo » Sun Jun 27, 2004 5:43 am

A little while ago I was writing some interesting information about the possible brake upgrades for the Lanos/Lemans. One of the options, besides the swap from a company like Willwood, was the 288mm upgrade from Opel Vectra B V6.

After some research and some good tips from Stef, this is whats required for the conversion:

- at least 15" wheels
- 2 Saab 900S 96-97 front calipers with mounting brackets
- 2 288X25mm rotors. They need to be redrilled to a 4-bolt pattern, and a hub insert pressed in
- proper tools incl brake bleeder kit, if assistant is not available
- 1l of DOT4 brake fluid

I am not going to describe the removal of the old wheels, just the assembly

Basic difference between the stock 256mm rotors, and the Saab ones.
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Installation

1. Once the old brakes have been removed, clean the hub mating surface. This is critical, as the disc no longer seats on the uddge of the hub, but on the entire surface. This is why the center insert is required to fit over the hub, and keep the rotor in place. It simply must be clean.

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2. Do a test fit of the rotors and use the wheel bolts to hold it in place. At this point, bent back the original rotor dust shield. Otherwise it will scrape againg the rotor surface.

3. Install the caliper mounting bracket. Use a snug-fit washer if you are upgrading Lemans, as the bolt head is round. In Lanos, this is not a problem as the swap does use the factory bolts too.

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I had to get the Pagid mettalic pads, which is very well known in Europe. Hopefully someone from the other side of the pond will jump in, and perhaps provide some feedback of these pads.

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4. Install the outer pad (remove the backing tape from the 3M applied to the outside pad. Not the correct position of the low-pad warning tab.

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5. Insert the inside pad onto the piston. Apply some brake lube to the front side of the caliper.

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6. Clean and lubricate the caliper sliders. Also clean and repack the rubber bushings. If they are cracked, they will need to be replaced. Use brake lubricant only. Regular grease will contaminate the pads and kill the brakes.

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7. Insert the sliders into the bushings
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8. Place the brake calipers in place and tighten the slider bolts. Reattach the brake hose. Use the original bleeding screw.
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9. Securely insert the anti-rattle spring.
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10. Bleed the front brakes (but you might do the entire car, since you are at it).

How good are they? I dont know yet. The car should be back on the road next weekend. But based on what I have found on the migweb, users have no problems locking wheels at high speeds, if required.

I will post the results from braking as do first 300km to let the new pads brake-in.

Enjoy! 8)
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Postby Stefan » Sun Jun 27, 2004 10:40 am

Great How-To Tom! Hope you enjoy your new brakes when they bed in :twisted:
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Postby Efrain A. » Sun Jun 27, 2004 5:22 pm

Lovely How-to Tom!

I hope you enjoy those new BIG brakes :D
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Postby DomWoo » Wed Jun 30, 2004 4:56 pm

is it only the 96- 97 models that have the 288mm disk? or is that the only bracket that will fit our car
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Postby GsiTurbo » Thu Jul 01, 2004 3:22 am

Based on my research, only the 96-97 Saab 900 (any engine model) came with the 288mm rotors. Other ones are using different type of rotors.
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Postby DomWoo » Thu Jul 01, 2004 5:43 am

hmm dont think ill be able to get ahold of any of those here where i am
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Postby GsiTurbo » Sun Jul 04, 2004 12:40 am

WooHoo wrote:hmm dont think ill be able to get ahold of any of those here where i am


Try looking them up at www.car-parts.com
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Postby scourge » Sat Jul 10, 2004 5:39 am

Don't know how long it will last of if its just me, but all I see is a buch of RED-Xs above.
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Postby GsiTurbo » Sat Jul 10, 2004 6:43 am

Hmm...you are right. The links are broken.

Should work now, however :lol:
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Postby mocpac » Mon Aug 09, 2004 4:09 pm

th disk are from saab also?
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Postby GsiTurbo » Mon Aug 09, 2004 11:52 pm

mocpac_ser wrote:th disk are from saab also?

Yes they are, modified to fit Lemans/Lanos/Nubi hub. Pretty much any Daewoo that uses 256X24mm rotors.

And let me tell you, they are AWESOME. I did manage to lock the front wheels going 110km/h, as a test.
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Postby sayhellotomylittlewoo » Thu Nov 18, 2004 9:08 am

the pads are also from the saab
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Postby GsiTurbo » Thu Nov 18, 2004 2:15 pm

The pads are from the same Saab indeed.
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Re: Lemans/Lanos 288mm brake upgrade - How To

Postby MMamdouh » Mon Jun 15, 2009 11:21 am

got to add that the mentioned parts (rotors and calipers) are found on Opel Vectra C

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