Yes, I saw that one and was impressed with the thoroughness of the component selection for best bang for the buck. I already got a reply from Bill and am asking him if it's OK to post his email here in the thread for all to see ( I'm sure it's ok, but one should always ask before publicly post a private email for common courtesy ).
I want 2 options, the lowest cost - who cares about appearance - setup, versus the complete TCE Wilwood kit. The latter certainly has the wow factor, and I'm thinking my youngest son would really dig it for both the functionality and bling factor. My preference is to do both the front and rear in a weekend as my time is precious, and I don't have dedicated garage space to leave something torn apart for weeks on end.
EDIT - Response from Bill to my inquiry;
Rich, thanks for the inquiry....the offerings are still possible--the B-body/Impala SS ownership transition has reduced the number of kits I build, since the cost of some of these types of mods is more than the cars are considered to be worth, in many cases, and the focus of the majority of owners is not on track performance anyway--if someone does a brake "upgrade" it is more often for appearance rather than real benefit, sad to say.
For someone building a track-only car (I am assuming a road course situation), if I understand you, I would tend to recommend the TCE approach, or a few other possible options, none which will cost any less, and could cost much more.
For a "budget" system, there are several choices, including my C5/C6 Corvette rear setup (305mm or 330mm), which both will fit inside the OE 17" wheel, combined with a KORE3 C5/C6 front system, with rotors that are 325mm (fits SS wheel) or 340mm (will not fit SS wheel). The limiting factor is not rotor size, rather it's caliper "volume" (radial dimension), which interferes with or forces use of wheels greater than 17". The Corvette systems are floating calipers, where the Wilwood package is fixed-caliper configuration, and the lower caliper volume of this design can allow use of rotors as large as ~342mm inside 17" OE SS wheels.
The real driver in any option is what wheel size you will be using, as anything beyond 12" rotor diameter dictates a 17" wheel, minimum, but depending on how "serious" your track efforts will be, the Corvette-based option is what I would call a 90% solution--in other words, you get what you pay for--which is why the Wilwood option is more costly. Really superior brakes for a heavy car like a B-body sedan are even more, and since it's non-standard, it becomes custom, and pushes the price even higher, into the $4K+ range.
If you want to explore this further, let me know!
Last edited by ace72ace; 05-30-2017 at 04:50 PM.
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