Upgrading Brakes to 924/944 Calipers

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Upgrading Brakes to 924/944 Calipers

#1 Post by David Maxwell » Tue Dec 23, 2014 6:00 pm

Hi everyone,

I've read about a few cars upgrading to 924/44 calipers, but I can't seem to find any information on how difficult (and wise) an upgrade this is. I know the stock calipers are more than adequate for as light a car as the 356 in stock trim, but there is an appeal to having larger calipers. If 924/44 calipers aren't the way to go, are there any other advisable options to the stock calipers?

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Re: Upgrading Brakes to 924/944 Calipers

#2 Post by Vic Skirmants » Tue Dec 23, 2014 7:48 pm

David; welcome aboard.
But I will argue against changing from the stock 356C calipers.
They are certainly capable of anything we can ask of them.
Changing for the hell of it is not wise.

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Re: Upgrading Brakes to 924/944 Calipers

#3 Post by Miguel Antonetti » Sat Jan 03, 2015 6:52 pm

^^^+1

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#4 Post by Conrad Carter » Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:04 pm

I'm curious as well. Can anyone shed some light on this conversion?
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#5 Post by Conrad Carter » Mon Sep 21, 2015 8:20 pm

Anyone got this info? Looked at converting my brum brakes (63B) but see conversion is $4-5k! Ouch!
There have to be other options.
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Re: Upgrading Brakes to 924/944 Calipers

#6 Post by Mark Schumacher » Mon Sep 21, 2015 11:56 pm

There are options. I converted to Wilwood calipers some years ago and they work great. I designed and built mounting brackets that made it basically a bolt up, reversible conversion. The build was documented in the 356 Registry a few years back.
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#7 Post by Conrad Carter » Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:35 pm

Any idea what to search for to find your write-up?
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Re: Upgrading Brakes to 924/944 Calipers

#8 Post by Mark Schumacher » Sat Oct 24, 2015 12:29 am

The write up is in Vol 33, #1; May/June 2009. Pg 60.
I am still running this set-up and remain very pleased.

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Re: Upgrading Brakes to 924/944 Calipers

#9 Post by marcsherriff » Sat Oct 24, 2015 1:18 am

I have installed willwood 4 pots on my t5. Easy job for a weekend hack. The complete kit from the guys at airkewld was under $1500, and was a complete bolt on, reversible option. It also forced me to convert my brake system to dual circuit, great peace of mind. I have kept my drums on the rear, as with the willwoods up front, it stops like a late model 911!
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Re: Upgrading Brakes to 924/944 Calipers

#10 Post by Conrad Carter » Fri Nov 20, 2015 12:44 pm

Read the article. One question...does emergency brake still work?
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Re: Upgrading Brakes to 924/944 Calipers

#11 Post by Mark Schumacher » Sat Nov 21, 2015 12:04 am

Yes, e-brakes work fine. Only the caliper changed

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Re: Upgrading Brakes to 924/944 Calipers

#12 Post by Graham Kerr » Sat Nov 28, 2015 5:42 pm

Here you go mate, machined bracket to take the callipers, set of brakes from the boneyard, bolt em up, job done.
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Re: Upgrading Brakes to 924/944 Calipers

#13 Post by Conrad Carter » Tue May 29, 2018 8:55 pm

I’m sold. Where do I find the brackets? Anyone manufacture them? Or, does anyone have drawing of the brackets? Otherwise, I’m good to go.
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