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To the people who have installed these, is a rca/dowel spacer necessary for the tie rod end to clear the caliper? The ls400 swap forces you to use them or grind a part of your caliper down.

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To the people who have installed these, is a rca/dowel spacer necessary for the tie rod end to clear the caliper? The ls400 swap forces you to use them or grind a part of your caliper down.
no, you do not need to do that. these clear everything just fine.
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I am interested in this, so I got on amazon and priced out some of the brake parts for a 2007 IS50

Centric brake hoses (2) - $33.76
Centric rotors (2) - $152
Bendix Calipers (2) - $280
Centric brake pads - $33
Brackets - $120

Grand total = $620

Now I am certain you can bring that total down a bit by searching around online. I just used amazon as a quick search reference. I did not price the parts anywhere else.

Also of note, I didn't price out the cheapest option either. Centric and Bendix are pretty decent daily driver level stuff. I am not gentle on my brakes, and not afraid to spend a little more money on brake parts.

If you are truely selling a budget brake upgrade option, a list of part numbers can be helpful. If nothing else, the year, make, model of the car to source the parts from. Some guys might be able to yank some of this stuff off a car at the boneyard..... or order it from LKQ.... hrmmmmmm

Just some thoughts and feedback.

now I need to search LKQ's parts listing

you are absolutely correct. and i'm in the process of putting together a spread sheet as well.
it does seem like the average cost is going to be right around $600 as you said, which in itself is a great savings when talking about breaks.

as soon as Steve and the other 4 guys get me back pics of their installs i'm going to make an entire new thread.

right now i have an order in for 10 to be made since i cannot produce that many that quickly at work, there is as of today a 4 week wait time and of those 10 sets 6 have already been paid for. if all 10 sell before they are made then i'm just going to put in for another 10.

there are a lot of people who have a million questions, and the real answer is it really is as simply as it sounds. you you can change you're brakes you can install these. the only thing that requires more than a wrench or set of sockets is the dust shield. which some just remove, but i cut and bent it a little myself as i have air ducts going to mine.

it's a very simple process. remove caliper, remove rotor, cut dust shield or remove it, install caliper, tighten bolts on adapter, remove caliper, install rotor, install caliper, bleed brakes. done.

i do a lot of process work at work for people who have to assemble things, so i made this as easy i could. My main job is an engineer at Bosch, to give you a little background on my experience, though these are in no way affiliated with Bosch.
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Hi question about the cutting of dust shield and using an air duct. Is this for purpose of cooling the brakes better?

Can you put up a picture wondering if I should do the same when I try this swap soon.

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So are you selling the kit all together?
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yeah man, if you can come up with some sort of "kit" for the front that will include everything I'd be down for buying this. my car needs better stopping power and I don't want to buy some crazy expensive big brake kit when it's only a street car.

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I can't figure out posting pics on here.
Here's a link to a Facebook page i run with pics of installing them.

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As for a complete set, I would have no problem selling it all together. But I would buy the higher end stuff. I.e. Drilled and slotted, hawk pads, braided lines, possible powder coated calipers, and it would come in around $750-$800 depending. I would be buying parts at the same price as you and then reselling, so I only saw it as fair to let you buy it and save money. But, I'll piece it all together for you for a small fee if it's easier. Just message me about it and we'll talk.
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Any feedback and pics from those that already bought the adapters from you?
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Sorry guys, I should have prefaced this thread better in terms of time expectations of when it would be completed.

My IS300 is the least driven of my vehicles and thus I only spend time and money on it when I need to, relative to the needs of maintenance of my other cars which are driven more regularly. As such, and since money is a bit tight as of late, I'm still gathering parts to get this swap done.

At this point I have the IS350 calipers and caliper adapters, but still need to procure the brake rotors, lines, and pads (I have pads from the IS350 but am suspicious that they are no good).

I'll update the post as things move along. I'm sorry for the slow nature of my modding!

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yeah man, if you can come up with some sort of "kit" for the front that will include everything I'd be down for buying this. my car needs better stopping power and I don't want to buy some crazy expensive big brake kit when it's only a street car.
im all for conversion kits and all that jazz, but everything is soooo easy to acquire. it only took me 10 minutes last week to figure it all out with all of the resources in this thread.

not to piss on your parade, but if you actually read through the thread and spend 5-10 minutes googling it you will have it all figured out. it is even easier than the LS400/mk4 brake swap (which is already ridiculously easy). if you're not willing to piece it together your self, then I don't know what to tell you.

with something as simple as this, I actually wouldn't want a 'kit'.. piecing it together yourself allows you choose your favorite brand of rotors, pads, lines, etc (BIG plus for me). lets also not forget that its much easier on the manufacturer since he doesn't have to keep all that additional stuff in his shop somewhere.

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Possibly do a comparison of braking times/distance from stock vs 350?
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im all for conversion kits and all that jazz, but everything is soooo easy to acquire. it only took me 10 minutes last week to figure it all out with all of the resources in this thread.

not to piss on your parade, but if you actually read through the thread and spend 5-10 minutes googling it you will have it all figured out. it is even easier than the LS400/mk4 brake swap (which is already ridiculously easy). if you're not willing to piece it together your self, then I don't know what to tell you.

with something as simple as this, I actually wouldn't want a 'kit'.. piecing it together yourself allows you choose your favorite brand of rotors, pads, lines, etc (BIG plus for me). lets also not forget that its much easier on the manufacturer since he doesn't have to keep all that additional stuff in his shop somewhere.

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yeah I hear ya. I'm going with a rotora 4-piston big brake kit instead of this tho.

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im all for conversion kits and all that jazz, but everything is soooo easy to acquire. it only took me 10 minutes last week to figure it all out with all of the resources in this thread.

with something as simple as this, I actually wouldn't want a 'kit'.. piecing it together yourself allows you choose your favorite brand of rotors, pads, lines, etc (BIG plus for me). lets also not forget that its much easier on the manufacturer since he doesn't have to keep all that additional stuff in his shop somewhere.

my 2c

this is kinda of my plan for this. by only selling the adapters you have the ability to source whatever parts you want to upgrade. this allows for a much much much more cost effective route. i agree that there are bbk out there that do have a name and logo etc etc, but with this kit, you are still utilizing oem equipment that has the name and backing good enough to be a production car. this whole thing blew up a little faster than i expected so i am still working on getting good photos, a proper write up(not that there really needs to be one) and so on. as soon as i get time and get my parts back (powercoating the spindles, control arms ets, i will get proper good pictures.

ps. i have been getting a lot, and i mean a lot of private messages. so many that i have to delete at least 10 a day to keep the box from filling up. if you have any questions about ordering, installation etc, that haven't been answered in this thread, please please please email me:
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i can answer those emails fairly quick(usually within 20 min during the day)

to those who have already ordered i appreciate it, everything should be done at the machine shop within the next two weeks.

thank you everyone
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so the first two batches have gone out. i'm really hoping to get pics soon sent to me.

i put the order in tuesday for the third batch so 4-5 weeks away.

$120 pre-order
$150 after.
shipped within the US.


email me: boost4brains@gmail.com i will get back as soon as i can. it will be a busy weekend for me so it might be monday before i can back to you.

thank you again for your support. these really are taking off

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