So, Friday night, I ordered this kit from Todd at TCE Performance. For those unfamiliar, it offers an easy solid caliper upgrade for those with 13.1" front rotors. The calipers are lighter than the stockers, and due to a change in pad shape, offer a greater Er (effective radius) increasing torque applied to the rotor for a given pad pressure. On top of this, solid calipers can be more easily modulated when threshold braking, dissipate heat better, allow for cheaper and much easier pad replacement, and gosh darnit, they look pretty trick too. So with all of this in mind, I plunked down my hard earned cash on some fancy clampers. My initial verdict? It was totally worth it.
Quality: Holy moly, Todd packs the box tight! With that being said, everything is well packaged, and all parts arrived undamaged and in showroom ready condition. Also, it took 2 days to ship across the country, on a weekend. If that's not service, I have no clue what is.
Installation: Took me 4 hours from cracking the first lug loose to rolling in the garage after bedding the pads. The system is quiet, and pedal feel is linear and 'normal' no more crazy initial bite here! With a good accelerator pedal spacer, heel toe is nice and easy.
Looks: They're sexy. I mean, they're functional first, but now I feel like floating calipers up front just look like poverty. Haha, not really, but the wilwoods sure are fancy.
This weekend I will take it AutoXing, and will report back if I have any issues with knockback or heat, but I doubt these things are going to dissapaoint.
Huge thanks to Todd for putting together such a great kit, and to Wilwood for engineering such a powerful, strong, lightweight caliper at a very reasonable price point!