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Cadillac ELR Forum (2014-2016) Discussion, Brake Upgrades in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Has anyone looked into upgrading the standard brakeset to that which came with the Performance Package? "Cadillac adds high-performance Brembo ...
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    Brake Upgrades

    Has anyone looked into upgrading the standard brakeset to that which came with the Performance Package?

    "Cadillac adds high-performance Brembo brakes up front, with 13.6-inch diameter vented front rotors and 12.4-inch vented rear rotors for 60-to-0 mph stopping distance reduced by nearly 12 percent".

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    Re: Brake Upgrades

    You will have to change the wheels too since the standard wheels won't fit over the Brembo calipers.

    Also it could possibly require some type of software change since the brakes are integrated into the regen system. Just changing the brakes could disrupt the regen to brake handoff.

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    Yep - all thoughts I had. Thanks Julien.

    Was hoping someone had gone down this path already and pulled it off...

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    Re: Brake Upgrades

    funny you are looking at ways to make the brakes work better and i'm thinking how great the regen is so I don't have to use the brakes at all. I figure the original brake pads will last longer than the car will.

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    Re: Brake Upgrades

    Quote Originally Posted by garretn View Post
    funny you are looking at ways to make the brakes work better and i'm thinking how great the regen is so I don't have to use the brakes at all. I figure the original brake pads will last longer than the car will.
    I live in the mountains, and the on-demand regen with the paddles does not allow brake modulation, so good brakes are important to me...

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    Re: Brake Upgrades

    Quote Originally Posted by Julien View Post
    You will have to change the wheels too since the standard wheels won't fit over the Brembo calipers.

    Also it could possibly require some type of software change since the brakes are integrated into the regen system. Just changing the brakes could disrupt the regen to brake handoff.
    Are you sure? The CTS with the 13.6" performance package got 19" wheels.

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    Re: Brake Upgrades

    Quote Originally Posted by jayoldschool View Post
    Are you sure? The CTS with the 13.6" performance package got 19" wheels.
    I read on this forum or the GM-Volt forum that someone with the Performance Package didn't like the wheels and wanted the standard wheels but there was not enough clearance to mount on the front.

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    Re: Brake Upgrades

    Quote Originally Posted by RiA View Post
    I live in the mountains, and the on-demand regen with the paddles does not allow brake modulation, so good brakes are important to me...
    Coming from someone that has never driven the ELR in the mountains I would of thought driving in L and tapping the brakes would scrub off enough speed even in the mountains that better brakes wouldn't be needed. Bigger brakes
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    Hey garretn,

    You do what you want and drive the way you want to - and I'll do the same. If you don't feel the need or desire to do what I'm inquiring about doing, then move on as you're not adding any value to my quest...

    I'm interested in finding out if anyone has done this, and if it's possible.

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    Re: Brake Upgrades

    Faux brake 'upgrade'.
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    Re: Brake Upgrades

    Hi Julien,
    Are those brake caliper covers? If so, where did you get them. Some red ones would look good against my graphite paint.

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    Re: Brake Upgrades

    Quote Originally Posted by 262X40 View Post
    Hi Julien,
    Are those brake caliper covers? If so, where did you get them. Some red ones would look good against my graphite paint.
    Yes there are from MGP. I have painted on past cars and after a few months to a year the results are poor with brake dust and chipping. Also the calipers on our ELR are a little small (since we don't need or use brakes much).

    Off the car (and in pics) the covers look a little cheesy to me but they receive very high ratings and people seem to love them. So decided to give a try. They are easy to install (or remove). Now that I have them on they look very good, especially from any distance. If you get up close and really look they don't look as good. But there is no way to have true large clappers look without actually having large clippers.

    http://calipercoversmgp.com
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    Re: Brake Upgrades

    Thanks Julien, I had thought about them but wasn't sure they would be any good. I'm assuming you need to take the wheel off to put them on?

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    Re: Brake Upgrades

    Yes, here is a 2 minute YouTube on procedure. there are MANY more detailed videos too.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivlSVcouWw8

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    Re: Brake Upgrades

    Cool. I'll put it on my Christmas list.

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