So I need new brakes for my SRX and thought why not upgrade to the CTS-V brake setup. Found some OLD threads stating that the rotors are a problem, but nothing new. Has anyone done this? What do I need to do it?
The CTS-V weighs roughly 600 pounds less than an SRX4 V8.
Assuming the CTS-V brakes are "beefier" than the standard ones, how are the CTS-V brakes any better for an SRX than the standard SRX ones designed for the much heavier SRX? More swept area? Superior rotors. Softer and/or larger pads? The calipers?
Brembo 4 piston Calipers with 14" rotors. you cant even fit them on SRX with standard wheels, need at least 18" rim. People are using them on many different cars due to the excellent stopping power, and the relatively low cost from GM!
i need new brakes and I'm extremely interested in the same exact concept. can you tell me where you can find these gm parts (cts-v brembo calipers)? www.rockauto.com ?and then just lookup cts-v?
i have an '04 SRX AWD V8 w/ 20" Arelli rims on P275R20 45 Eagle GT II. I'm looking to upgrade my brakes and welcome all recommendations.
thank you, TJ
Brakes are the number one safety device on your vehicle. SRX brakes are quite good OEM and should be replaced with same when worn. What you are trying to do is in effect, replacing only some of the braking components since you are probably not making changes to TCS, Stabilitrak, ABS, brake lines & reservoir etc. This will lead to unpredictable brake and or vehicle behavior and thus should NEVER be attempted. SRX brakes were designed with the vehicle weight, driving characteristics and stopping distances in mind, while your solution does not do any of this. Please reconsider for those of us who have to share the road with you.
You have to watch the brake bias and the pedal effort may change with different caliper square area as well as travel but one would not know unless you got all the specs, but it may all be so small you would not notice.
But if you have all this killer stopping power up front the car may want to understeer a bit more but the ABS should pick it up anyway, if you can lock up the brakes then is more stopping power needed?
People should have no problems saying "I want big brakes because they look sweet", the SRX does not NEED big brakes but nor does it need 20's but we have them for looks.
I have some somewhere but pics are hard to post here and no one really cared.
Search for big brake and you will find my thread, it had some pictures in it. I took the setup off for the winter and so I can make proper spacers and stuff but it worked and worked well, looks very cool but needs 18's (I think) or 20's to clear.
I'm new to the forum, but not new to the SRX. I'm on my third SRX V8 AWD (04', 07',08'). To the guys saying that SRX brakes, and brake performance is good, or even acceptable is a questionable statement at best! These cars eat brakes like no other car I have owned (except for the equally under-braked Taurus SHOs). For those that feel increasing rotor size is negligable when it comes to braking power, you should do some research before you speak. You are passing along information that is not helpful, to those who may not know much either. Saying that an OE put good parts into a car out of a social conscience, is naive. They are concerned more with profit, than performance. I had to rent a Ford F-150 this weekend, and the brakes on it were far superior in feel, and perceived performance than the SRX! That was shameful. Did I mention that I had to replace all four corners with pads a rotors at 29K! The new ones are warped already!....
You making blanket statements like "these cars eat brakes like no other car I have owned" is just as bad.....
Lets compare apples to apples and make sure your braking system works right.
I completed the BBK and found it worked very well and had a good pedal feel, I don't think I picked up a pile of brake improvement. If I don't sell the kit I will do a stop test and get some real world data on the same day same car same wheels.
htekwo......I don't understand your comments either. Agreed, OEMs will include brakes that are market and class competitive. The GenI SRX's brakes as tested and compared to the competition (foreign and domestic)by the reputable car magazines seem to contradict your experiences, even the mags that did long term testing.
I just had my second brake job at 85,000 miles. No issues in between brake jobs save for one loose caliper. No warping. No thumping. No fade.
My only negative observation echos that of many......that today's (thinner and lighter) OEM rotors are not built to last, even if one religiously replaces (high quality) pads well before the end of their useful life.
Don't get me wrong I like the bling of big brakes but the reality is they are not doing that much, then toss in the cheap tires people buy that last for 10 years cause they are so hard and big brakes are the last thing that will make you stop faster.
^ This man speaks the truth. In everyday driving situations and not racing, tire compound, tire pressure, pad material and weather condition is where it's at. The big 4 pistons calipers and huge drilled/slotted/dimpled rotors sure do look nice but if you're not autox or racing, I doubt it really matters much.
I have been a very active AutoXer for over 15 years and bigger brakes are way down on the list, you never get enough heat into them to need bigger brakes and it is just extra un sprung weight. My racecar has 6 piston calipers up front, I don't think I need them but they look cool and the stock stuff was all rusty and ugly. I also have huge sticky tires that can take advantage of extra braking, but the really cool thing about going to race calipers is great choice of pad compound and you get to use huge thick pads that don't ever wear out
If you can lock up your brakes now do you need more brake? If you can't lock up your tires then you brakes don't suck they don't work.