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Since it is not a real option to get Brembo brakes on a spider right now... does anybody know if a conversion kit off an X500 Abarth would work on one of our cars?
 

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? My Abarth had the Brembo brake option and Recaro seats installed when I bought it?
 

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Since it is not a real option to get Brembo brakes on a spider right now... does anybody know if a conversion kit off an X500 Abarth would work on one of our cars?
I assume you mean the kit for the 500 Abarth. It won't fit.

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Exactly Hapster...

Congrats Stelvio

so.... has anybody figured out a reasonable alternative? I am thinking maybe the Miata Brembo kits might work then?
 

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Right now the only kit I know of is the Wilwood kit. I would argue that it's superior to the Brembos in some ways. First, up front it uses 6 piston calipers vs. 4 . In the rear it uses fixed calipers and upgraded rotors, unlike the Brembo kit which is front only. The Wilwood kit is also less expensive.

Soon there will be other options. As the car grows in popularity I think others will make brake upgrades. I am keeping an eye on Stoptech and R1 concepts, although I have heard nothing official from either one.

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I didn't know the Brembos were so hard to come by. I have them on my two motorcycles. My newer bike has the radial mount and I really have been impressed with the performance. I was lucky to find an Abarth equipped just the way I wanted then. Although, the Brembos won't help much in the snow we have now.
 

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Perfect information guys, I knew there had to be options.... Thanks
 

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The Brembo (GT) 4 Piston costs about 2400€ and on such a light car, they are not realy worth the surcharge. Just my opinion.
I wanted them because of the good experience I have had in the past. Also, I've read in several reviews of the FIAT that you can fade the brakes if you spend time coming down out of the mountains or racing.
 

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Randy Probst says something about brake fade also with the Brembos.

If you want to improve your brake: cooling, brake pads and brake fluid will help.

I know many owners who were not very satisfied with the BREMBO GT. They are not always worse the money.
The SPS/Ksport Monoblock BrakeKit in front looks very interesting for me.
 

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Your right. That test is with the Brembo brakes. Not good. I agree with your suggestions. Stock is DOT 3 brake fluid. I will start there by upgrading to DOT 4. The higher boiling point may help. A car like this should have had DOT 4 to begin with.
Have to laugh too. There was another MX-5 versus FIAT comparison and the tester said the Mazda caught them on the track because the FIAT brakes faded. Now we see the problem effects both cars. I am sure the guys at Bondurant Driving school will have figured out the problem. If I get there, I will ask them.
 
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My wife wanted the Brembo's on her Abarth and they seem like unobtanium unless custom ordered. I told her that I would add them once she had the car.

Two months in with the car and she keeps asking.

Anybody know of updates?
 

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My wife wanted the Brembo's on her Abarth and they seem like unobtanium unless custom ordered. I told her that I would add them once she had the car.

Two months in with the car and she keeps asking.

Anybody know of updates?
if you are specifically looking for brembo, you have a task on hand. if you are looking for an upgrade, the wilwoods are going to be the easiest way to go. the factory brembo package is only brembo front brakes. the rears are the standard calipers painted red. if you are looking for improved braking for the streets and occasional autox, the four piston front and rear wilwoods are a great upgrade at a reasonable price (about $1200). if you are looking for a bit more stopping power, you can go for the six piston fronts with the four piston rears (about $1500), both will work well on the stock rotors. if you are planning on tracking the car there are numerous rotor options which are available. considering the factory brembo option was over $3000, the wilwoods seem to be a win win option...... just my $0.02
 

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... considering the factory brembo option was over $3000, the wilwoods seem to be a win win option...... just my $0.02
according to my window sticker the Brembo option was $1495.00

agree the Wilwoods are the win-win though...especially if you install them yourself. :D
 

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the factory brembo package is only brembo front brakes. the rears are the standard calipers painted red.
Interesting, didn't know that. I wonder why they went with Brembo front brakes only.
 

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Interesting, didn't know that. I wonder why they went with Brembo front brakes only.
the vast majority of the braking is done by the forward wheels in the direction of travel, so the braking of the trailing wheels is not as important, so when you are looking for bang for your buck a front brake upgrade is the most cost effective option. up until the mid 90's the idea of four wheel disk brakes were a rarity and drum brakes were generally used on the rear wheels of cars. still today, a lot of the trucks are still using drum brakes on the rears. as most of us who tow with our trucks know, good brakes are a major safety factor, and may consider a disk brake option with the purchase of a new truck.
 
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