Cadillac Catera and Cimarron Forum Discussion, GTO Brake SWAP LOG. in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Not sure what the RedStuff brake pads are made of but they could be very harsh and wear much of ...
Not sure what the RedStuff brake pads are made of but they could be very harsh and wear much of the rotor surface... most of the pads I use hardly have any effect on the rotor, only the pad gets worn down. Also I think I have driven some 70,000mi now on the same pair of rotors just swapping our brake pads every now and then...
Engineers design proper ratio between front and rear brakes. This ratio depends on front/rear weight distribution. If you install bigger front calipers, this ratio changes. As result your rear brakes work less, than they should. Theoretically, it can lead to accident.
If your original brakes didn't work well, you had to replace/resurface pads and rotors, check all brake parts.
Pontiac GTO has bigger front brakes because they have heavier V8 engine.
Automobile(s): Platinum 2001 Cadillac Catera Sport
Re: GTO Brake SWAP LOG.
Not an engineer but having used the GTO front calipers for over 3 years I have only praise for their stopping power. I have Koni Sport struts and polyurethane front suspension bushings also. Even with the struts set below half they keep the front end from diving as much as a stock suspension will thus reducing the pitch weight transfer. The new brakes stop the car shorter with no fade and without activating the ABS (except in the rain or snow). The rear brakes probably don't apply their full stopping potential in stock form anyway.