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01-03 Protege Rotor Upgrade

Discussion in 'Wheels/Tires/Brakes' started by 1Sleepy93, Oct 15, 2005.

  1. 1Sleepy93

    1Sleepy93 New Member

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    Well like most aggressive drivers, I wanted to upgrade my brakes. I didn't want to custom fabricate or have someone fabricate me a bracket at this time though so I found an alternative. It happen to hit me while working on my Scort next to my wife's 03 Protege. I've noticed that lots of parts are similar so I stole one of her rotors for 15 mins while she wasn't looking. :lol: Fit the hub wonderfully and the caliper fit as well so I decided to do a bit more digging. Hopped onto Bembo's online catalog and found out that the rotor is the same diameter but 2mm thicker. Those 2mm might not sound like a lot but it's 2mm more then you had before and the vents are designed better so it takes more heat before you have problems. You do loose about half a thread on the wheel studs but that's no biggie in my book. I threw in an aftermarket twist of course and went with PowerSlot Cryo Treated rotors and Hawk HPS pads. I also took the liberty to install my SS lines in the front. I need to get some new line nuts in the rear before I try putting the rear lines on. They wanted to strip. :?

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    Old POS rotor.

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    New rotor. Notice the the vent ribs go all the way down.

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    Here you can see the 2mm difference.

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    Little side by side action.

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    Shot of the larger vents on the new rotor vs. the old rotor.

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    Here is a little installed shot.

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    Another angle.

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    And behind the rim.


    Edit 08/07/07:

    So quick little recap here. This works on all Escorts that have the 10.25" rotors. Easiest way to tell if you have this size is remove a wheel and check to see if you have 14 22V stamped on the top of the brake caliper. If your car has or had 13" rims don't bother looking because you have the small 9.something inch rotor.

    The rotors you want are from a 01-03 Protege LX. Make sure they are 4 lug and not 5 like those found on the Protege5 or MazdaSpeed Protege. I got mine cryotreated and slotted because that's what I wanted but you could easily go with Brembo blanks or some other variation.

    Brake pads are standard Escort stuff but the better quality pad you get the better the brakes will perform.

    Lines are not a requirement either but will help with pedal feel so you might want to do it while you are at it. I did because I was tired of the crappy stock brakes and pedal feel.

    Remember, brakes aren't something you want skimp on or half @ss. They are probably the one area everyone should invest in but rarely do.
  2. ryanrules

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    that looks good, i like that. mind if i ask about how much the rotors cost ya? might be something i'll have to throw on my "to do" list
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    The rotors were pretty expensive because I went with the cryo treated ones. They cost $112 each but better then the Escort rotors of the same series that cost $120. :x
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    So is that just a rotor upgrade or did you upgrade the caliper too?
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    i think its the same caliper. and 112$ isn't too bad since i've paid about 70 for cheapies before. let me know how those hawk pads are with dust too.
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    Just rotors. I checked the Protege calipers but the bolt pattern is different. So if someone wanted to upgrade that then there is still some custom fabbing to be. The stock calipers clamp hard enough to lock up so I don't think you really need anything more.

    Initial dusting with the pads sucks but that's expected as the pads wear in along with the rotors. I'll keep you updated on the pads as I run with them. They aren't quite what I wanted and am wishing I would have waited the extra time to special order the pads I was going to go with before. Oh well I'll cook these in no time. :lol:
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    Very kick ass.
  8. Etienne

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    uh, Kyle?

    wasn't your car up for sale? you changed your mind? again.... :roll:
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    It's still for sale if the price is right. :p But I am kinda attached to it and it's getting really hard to sell because I like it so much. That and I just spent about $350 in brake mods. 8O
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    What pads did you want?
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    I wanted the Statisfied GranSport GS5 pads. That or the GS6.
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    my point exactly... why are you modding if you're selling???
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    It's an addiction. :lol: I've been eyeing my wifes car lately thinking it could use a nice drop, some sway bars, tie bars, rims, more agressive tires...... :lol: I figure I might as well keep modding my car for my driving pleasure till it gets sold or I'm firm on keeping it.
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    wasn't your plan to save money and get rid of old depts? seems to me like modding it right now while you're thinking of selling it for cash is not the brightest idea you've had yet, Kyle!! hahahha...

    whatever money you put in mods right now will be completely lost if you sell it.

    I think you ain't selling it and you just don't know it yet.
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    Now THATS good to know! 2mm thicker is 2mm thicker!! longer-lasting, and possibly slightly better heat dissipation!

    When my current rotors get used enough, I'll be using those, if I haven't upgraded my calipers by then.

    I just (finally) got a set of Hawk HP+ pads, and they're friggin' great! definitely a little dusty, but who cares about dust, when you can do some great deep braking into corners at trackdays, and really confound those EVO 8's who are trying to keep up, and wonder why it's so hard to stay with an escort wagon (and this was on crappy brakes and boiled fluid)!!

    --sarge
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    Yeah the rotors don't mind the heat at all. They pads however are my limiting factor. I should have either gone with the HPS +, the GranSport GS5, or GS6. I would have loved some EBC Greenstuff pads but those aren't carried by Tire Rack anymore. :cry: The plain old HPS pads like to cook but hey, I'm pretty much dust free so at least I look good. LOL :lol: The pads will get upgraded when I've got the extra cash and I destroy the current ones.
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    Old post I know but man thats freakin awsome. I've relized latly that making my car quicker/faster that my brakes suck. So I've been thinking of doing a upgrade. I already did this on my G/F's Q45 and it made a big diff with the upgraded rotors and pads so with the same mods + 2mm thicker it sould really be a big diff. Man see thast why I love this forum, you guys rock you all know so much and figure out so much cool sh!t about these cars, It inspires me to go to junkyards and compare stuff to see what swaps and fits but the only thing that I have found so far is that the fc RX7's leather shift boot is a direct bolt in HaHa, bot that big of a find but I'm tring. Thanks again Kyle for the trick thinking/ideas.
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    are these rotors GT size or LX size???
    10" or 9" something rotors?
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    I think lx size as I later found out. So no go for the gt's. Hey btp323, send me your adress so I can mail you that manni.
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    They are the 10.25" GT size or late model LX size. :wink:

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