Thought I would do a quick write up for anyone considering this brake kit
My previous brake setup consisted of Wilwood 4 piston calipers with 11" diameter and .810" thick solid faced rotors. I was also using EBC Yellow Stuff pads (GREAT pads but man they created a lot of dust)
This new Wilwood kit consists of 6 piston calipers with a 12.88" and 1.10" thick slotted rotors. Wilwood recommends at least a 17" sized wheel for these brakes
The rear brake kit remained the same, an SSBC single piston disc kit. The master cylinder also remained the same, a '74 maverick 15/16th bore.
After unboxing, one thing immediately stuck out: everything on this kit is MASSIVE. With that being said, they are also considerably heavier than the kit that came off. I wish I had weighed the previous kit to see how much more the new kit weighs; even a few pounds of rotational mass makes a big difference.
Assembly was fairly straight forward, however the instructions tell you to install the rotor hub before putting on all the caliper mounting brackets. The caliper bracket consists of three pieces, a plate that bolts to the spindle, a spacer, and the caliper bracket itself.
There is no way of installing the bolts for the rest of the caliper bracket components once the hub is installed, so you need to get all of that bolted up BEFORE the rotor hub goes on.
The instructions say to use red Loctite on the rotor hat bolts with an option to add safety wire as well. I chose to just use the Loctite as I never had any problems with these bolts coming loose with any of the other Wilwood kits I've assembled.
**edit: none of the other Wilwood kits I've installed had bolts with provisions for safety wire either (Thought I should mention this)
You'll notice bright paint dabs on every bolt, this is so I can visually see if any bolt has budged
The other side went much smoother as I already knew how many shims to use (or not use in my case) along with how the kit went together.
Pardon the mess
I also ended up swapping the front brake hoses to Wilwood's braided stainless kit.
First impressions after driving? Kinda hard to remember, my head flew into the windshield
The bite on this new brake kit is absolutely mental, hands down the best stopping car I've driven now. Other occupants in the car were upset they did not have anything to hold onto during braking
(They were not given a warning either)
So, to answer the age old question, YES: bigger IS better with brakes.