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Bremtek Racing Calipers

My recently acquired 72T is equipped with a set of 80's f+r Bremtek Racing calipers.

Despite searching I can't find much in the way of information regarding these particular calipers (which seem comparable to 930 calipers) so presumably they weren't a commercial success for Bremtek - any historical perspective would be of interest.

I would also appreciate any tips on how to stop the incessant 'quadrophonic' rattling of the brake pads everytime I go over a bump?

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Bremtek was the name applied by a couple of porsche guys that had them mfg for the 911s. They are based on early wilwood calipers (could not tell you what model) and in the past (many moons ago), we rebuilt a set using parts from wilwood.
Fwiw- They did not have dust seals and the pistons were not very good on the ones we worked on

as far as the rattling- research some other calipers that have spring clips. Take a look at the S and A oem calipers for what they look like on those pieces. You will need something similar.

the bremteks were for racing (hence always noisy one way or the other)- and their lengthy disclaimer at time of purchase made that clear
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......as far as the rattling- research some other calipers that have spring clips. Take a look at the S and A oem calipers for what they look like on those pieces. You will need something similar. the bremteks were for racing (hence always noisy one way or the other)- and their lengthy disclaimer at time of purchase made that clear
Appreciate the feedback.

I was wondering if there is any backing material that could be used to prevent the pads rattling around?

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tried it- didn't work
tried the sticky plates with some fabricated end trim plates to keep pads from rocking (since there is only one pin in the center) - didn't work
searched for a while to see if we could get the spreader tins from some mfg or other- ran out of patience- these have to be fabricated and in theory with items 1 and 2 should work
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The Bremteks i had were simply held on by a large cotter pin through the center of the pads. Really no way to stop the rattling.
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Thanks for the feedback.

Shame about the rattling coz the Bremteks certainly stop the car well enough so looks like I either install the 930's or wait for the Zuffenhaus boys to get their 917 caliper act together.

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Martin, if you send me an email or PM with your address, I can send you a copy of the original Bremtek literature. I'd considered these brakes for my previous 911 back when the brakes were still on the market and still have the original literature.

And if you decide to sell them, put me in line first please.

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Martin, if you send me an email or PM with your address, I can send you a copy of the original Bremtek literature. I'd considered these brakes for my previous 911 back when the brakes were still on the market and still have the original literature. And if you decide to sell them, put me in line first please. Ed
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Martin and all,
I'm currently working on a 74 Carrera that has the Bremteks. So I thought I'd post some pictures so the folks at home can see what the Bremtek Racing calipers look like.




You can see that they are a four piston caliper and the pads are held in by one pin.




When I took these out to take the picture, there was a paper backing that someone put between the pad and the pistons. But the pistons had cut right through this paper backing and again were making direct contact to the back of the pad.
A friend that knows about rattling brake pads in racing calipers says that the movement (rattling) is so the pistons will move back into the calipers quickly and not drag on the brake disk.




These brakes seemed to of worked almost too good or they had way to hard of a brake pad for the street because they really wore down into the brake disk so much that I had to really work at getting them out.
I'm glad we know they were made by Wilwood, because I need to get new pads for them before putting the 74 back on the road.

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I'm currently working on a 74 Carrera that has the Bremteks. So I thought I'd post some pictures so the folks at home can see what the Bremtek Racing calipers look like.
Flank,

Thanks for the photo's, I will post some mounted pictures before I shed my own Bremteks.

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Bremtek Calipers

Some Bremtek info from one of the boxes that came with the car:









According to the advert, they claimed 40% or 200% more effective that 930 calipers depending on type and certainly weren't cheap for the late 80's - a real shame about the annoying rattles.

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According to the advert, they claimed 40% or 200% more effective that 930 calipers depending on type and certainly weren't cheap for the late 80's - a real shame about the annoying rattles.
Well finally got to use the Bremtek Racing Calipers properly on my first trackday at the historic Goodwood circuit in West Sussex, UK this holiday weekend.



Amazingly after a few laps the Bremtek calipers stopped rattling and then transformed from the wooden and unresponsive feel they have on the road to what I can only describe as a well balanced, sensitive and very powerful braking system on the track.

Unfortunately the rattling still drove me mad on the way home and despite their power (when warm) they really are unsuited to our great British (potholed) roads, so regretfully the newly refurbished 930 calipers will (still) be replacing them later this week

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I just started dismantling the doner car (rotted) for my RSR project and it has the Bremteks on the rear. I'm told it had them on the front also but they were replaced with Boxster brakes. I'm amazed that both fit fine under the 16" Fuchs that were on the car.
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Do the pads rattle from trying to pivot around the retaining pin or from the axial clearance between the pad and the rotor? Just curious.

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As an experiment on a 4 wheel bremtek install, we put pad limiters, glued on backing plates, ground rotors, slotted rotors, different compounds, anti noise grease, different diameter pins, fashioned spring clips for them and gave up after trying all of this. Felt like keystone cops running around in SQUEAKY circles.

Probably great track caliper alternative, given how cheap you can find these. But not my choice for a street car. Caveat: Now that i typed this x,y, and z owners of cars equipped with these will tell us how quiet THEIR cars are ! Prolly so, not every car is the same
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I most likely will swap them out for something else to match up with the Boxster calipers that are up front, possibly 3.2 Carerra brakes or something. Then again I may just do stock SC brakes all around, they are good enough for my race car, shouldn't be a problem with a street car!
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As an experiment on a 4 wheel bremtek install, we put pad limiters, glued on backing plates, ground rotors, slotted rotors, different compounds, anti noise grease, different diameter pins, fashioned spring clips for them and gave up after trying all of this. Felt like keystone cops running around in SQUEAKY circles.
It's a real shame there doesn't seem to be a fix for the caliper rattle coz once hot (on the track) the Bremtek calipers are superb, in fact I would go as far as saying I am a little underwhelmed with the replacement (albeit quiet) 930 calipers however I'll reserve judgement until I've sorted out the master cylinder.

Here's they are after I had them pulled







.......and pretty impressive that they'll fit under a 15" Fuchs.

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Martin, you didn't take a look at these Carbon 12 calipers?
Expensive, but not much more than 930 calipers, maybe less even.

http://www.early911.co.uk/html/calipers.html
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Martin, you didn't take a look at these Carbon 12 calipers?
Expensive, but not much more than 930 calipers, maybe less even.
Magnus,

Yes, I'm familiar with the C12 calipers which I understand are very good, however I already had a set of 930 calipers which are as period correct as I can get without sourcing some RSR units.

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Bremtek was the name applied by a couple of porsche guys that had them mfg for the 911s. They are based on early wilwood calipers (could not tell you what model) and in the past (many moons ago), we rebuilt a set using parts from wilwood.
Fwiw- They did not have dust seals and the pistons were not very good on the ones we worked on

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the bremteks were for racing (hence always noisy one way or the other)- and their lengthy disclaimer at time of purchase made that clear
based on the wilwood superlite calipers. the pads can be purchased at virtually any circletrack parts supplier such as afco, coleman, hutch bsr.

the calipers are waaaayyyyyy better than most upgrades sans the brembo big reds. the big reds may be marginally better. those bremteks are serious race quality parts!!! keep them!!!

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