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I've seen the GTO post on a 2001 and am still not sure I can do this on a 97.
Does anyone have the www addy or tel # for any companies that may do 2 piston calipers that fit the 97 catera?
Has anyone else changed to non Catera parts for the front brakes ( slotted rotors & 3rd prty pads excluded)?
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I did a search for 2 or 4 piston front calipers for the Catera long before the 2004 GTO calipers were discovered to fit. I came up empty. Performance mods for the Cat are scarce over here apart from springs, shocks, and intake kits. I found pictures of an Opel Omega B with Porsche 6 piston calipers but no info. If you're curious ask on the Brit or other European Omega sites.
http://www.pbase.com/elvin315/image/75677622
http://www.pbase.com/elvin315/image/75677620
http://www.pbase.com/elvin315/image/75677611
http://www.pbase.com/elvin315/image/75677610

I looked around again, this time looking also for GTO upgrades, and the only calipers I found are from Baer Brake Systems. The don't list anything for the Catera but have a caliper for the GTO that might work for the Cat. Page 24, Manaro-Body, GTO, 04-04, GT-PLUS, 4301066. The notes say they require at least a 17 inch wheel.
http://www.baer.com/buy/catalog/files/full-baer-catalog.pdf

The GTO and Catera both use 11.7 inch brake discs (different bolt patterns though) so if the Baer calipers fit the GTO the should fit the Catera. That's not a guarantee. The stock 2004 GTO calipers are. If you want 2 piston calpers I suggest buying a cheap set of OEM GTO calipers, clean them up, rebuild them, and paint them. As for them fitting, the brake calipers were the same for all model Cateras '97 - '01.

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Well to be truly honest you dont need anything more then the set of twin piston GTO calipers. Before the swap I laid in the brakes as much as I could and the car simply stopped that was with the 235 tires... now with the bigger calipers I have a problem where if i lay in em too hard the abs kicks in on a dry pavement with 245 tires, that right there shows you how much more braking power you got with the gto ones, I mean they were desined to handle an extra 150horses down so when mated to our cars they are not even sweatin under hard use...

Ohh btw just get some Corvette C5 pads with them and go with that. I have already put 5K miles on mine and I have no promlems, they perform excelent just like the OEMs. :worship: GTO Brakes.
 

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Does anyone know what the "Brake Overhaul kit" is? It's only 10 bucks from gmpartsdirect. The reason I ask is I think I am needing calipers. And if this kit makes them like new then I'm definatly buying this tomorrow. Also CateraMV6 you say you put GTO calipers on yours without modifying anything?
 

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Nope it was a clean install... I did have to remove or should I say unplug the wear indicator off the OEM set up and put it away in case I ever need it...

But they bolt right up and if you get the stock hoses... which you should you just unbolt those change the washers at the banjo bolts and bolt them back up. But you should use the GTO ones because they are longer, the OEM ones on our cars are just a tad bit short and I was afraid that I can tear them up when the wheel is turned all the way to L or R...

Mine cost me 50$ from the GTO forums and then some pads and total came up to under 100$... but well worth the improvement in braking. I had a friend take it for a drive and I never mentioned about the brakes and the first thing that came out of his mouth was the excellent brakes and how his (he has a 98 Black Cat) somehow felt soft and not quite so responsive... then I told him about it and he couldn't believe it... He is out looking for calipers at the moment...
 
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