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Old 03-01-2002, 02:25 PM   #1
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Default Help! Does the STOPTECH front brake kit fit 17" UK OEM wheels?

I recently upgraded to the silver 17" UK OEM wheels (53 mm offset) with Michelin Pilot Sports (215/45/17). I had a great buying experience with Dan at Vivid Racing.

Now I'd like to upgrade to the STOPTECH front brakes. Tech support at STOPTECH offers a fitting template and it appears as though there is only about 2-3 mm between the STOPTECH calipers and the inner aspect of the Subaru 17" wheels. It SHOULD therefore fit, but I'm concerned.

Has anyone ever upgraded to the STOPTECHS and the 17" OEM wheels? I'd rather avoid using any spacers or shave the calipers.

Any help is appreciated.

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Old 03-01-2002, 02:30 PM   #2
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From what I've gathered in similar circumstances, 2-3mm is pretty decent clearence. I've heard of much worse.

I'm by no means an expert on this. What does stoptech have to save about 2-3mm of clearence?
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Old 03-01-2002, 05:42 PM   #3
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FWIW, I doubt I have 2-3mm clearance with my P1s. In fact, I had to have the wheels rebalanced because the stick-on weights did not clear the calipers. The brakes are huge.
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Old 03-01-2002, 07:34 PM   #4
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i have the stoptechs on my wrx w/ gtones. but previously i had my stoptechs on with P7's and kumhos. the clearance w/ the P7's was very close. about 2-3 credit card thickness gap. couldn't really measure the gap any other way. it was close but nothing ever came in contact. stoptech was aware of this. infact my car was used to tool-up off of and used for testing.

i also ran the car on the track several times and nothing happened. should the tires been better (race rubber) i don't think the results would have been any different. the greatest loading case is for the outside wheel when in a turn, and under those load conditions, the spokes that are currently at the top of the wheel (nearest the brake caliper) would be (in theory) bending away from the caliper, thus creating more clearance. so, even in theory, dynamic clearance shouldn't be a problem. in any case, my P7's were stout wheels and did not hit w/ 2-3 credit card thickness clearance. i'm rambling...

hope this helps...

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Old 03-01-2002, 08:23 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies so far.

Zahnster,
STOPTECH recommends adding 2mm to their template measurements, just in case.

bgsntth,
I think you're right. 2-3mm of clearance may be enough.

Duckboy,

I just bought a vernier caliper from Lowe's and 2 credit cards stacked together is very close to 2mm.

Well, using STOPTECH's caliper template, there should be at least a 62.3mm clearance from the outer face of the stock caliper to the inner face of the front wheels.

I measured 69mm using a vernier caliper.

Therefore, I've decided to go for the STOPTECH kit. I may be the first guinea pig to try it on 17" UK OEM wheels, so wish me luck.

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Old 04-28-2002, 10:58 AM   #6
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Deano,

So...did the UK OEM wheels fit?

Thanks,

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