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W.A.G break calipers

Post by Kyle28rsa » Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:46 pm

Im looking to purchase a more reliable/stronger break caliper for my 1983 golf 1. Upon visiting the local goldwagen store, they advised that there in house brand (WAG) makes quite reliable break calipers. Anyone that used these calipers have any reviews to share?

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Re: W.A.G break calipers

Post by panic-mechanic » Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:25 am

So are you looking for a brake caliper that won't break or looking for a brake caliper that brakes harder. It's not in the caliper as much as it is in the Diameter of the brake disc and if they are vented or not. Generally a brake upgrade on those means fitting a spacer and a bigger disc but using the same caliper, unless yours are broken. The bigger disc and putting the caliper further out increases the amount of force that can act onthe wheel and the larger disc stays cooler for longer.
I have not personally tried the WAG calipers so cannot advise on their quality
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Re: W.A.G break calipers

Post by Kyle28rsa » Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:49 pm

Thanks for the input. Strong meaning does no show wear and tear, cracks, etc easily. If i go for the bigger diameter disc setup would i need to upgrade anything else

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Re: W.A.G break calipers

Post by panic-mechanic » Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:40 pm

I have not used them but can't think they would sell a safety related product that would crack or wear
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Re: W.A.G break calipers

Post by Kyle28rsa » Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:46 pm

Good point. Any other options that you know of that are good in your opinion


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Re: W.A.G break calipers

Post by missioner » Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:39 pm

First check if you already have the same type of caliper or not.

Sometime in the 80's the Golf 1 recieved the newer type brake calipers that cam on all subsequent models of the A1 platform.

If yours are the old type that have the little square brake pads in them that are held in by pins, then by all means replace the calipers with the WAG items. Add a pair of ATE or Ferodo brake pads and vented rotors and you won't be sorry. Stick to the 236mm stock diameter if your motor is still mostly standard.

If you have the newer caliper then rather have them overhauled. Many places can do this such as Norbrake, or similar shop near to you. Same pads and rotors as above and all good.

What Panic mentioned previously is a brake upgrade kit that can be purchased from DRD at Goldwagen Delarey. It is a spacer that relocates the stock caliper to accomodate a 280mm diameter disc. It does require a 15" rim to be fitted as smaller wheels don't fit over the caliper. Ideal for racing cars and 16V swopped cars for improved stopping power. The spacers can be purchased separately or as part of a complete kit. Very popular and proven over many years and many cars.

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Re: W.A.G break calipers

Post by Kyle28rsa » Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:43 pm

Thanks missioner

Thats exactly what i needed to know. I do in fact have the earlier callipers with the square pads.

I will go on your recommendation and purchase the wag calipers as my motor is still standard.

Thanks for the info. I will go ahead with the ate vented discs (sticking to the stock diameter), ferodo platinums and wag calipers.

Much appreciated

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Re: W.A.G break calipers

Post by Kyle28rsa » Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:24 pm

So i fiited the setup and i must say im loving it. Much more stopping power. Just have an issue with the pad rubbing on one side. Will check tomorrow what is causing that

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