I installed these puppies about 2 weeks ago. If you want any kind of consistency in your brake pedal, you MUST get these. They help get rid of the vague feeling of the stock brakes. After installing these, I can feel exactly where my brakes are and how much more or less pressure I need to apply. They really are that great. It’s subtle but very satisfying.
These bushings are are available to other cars as well. I know BMW’s and Mini Coopers have companies producing similar products for the brakes. These replace the rubber caliper bolt bushings in the stock brakes. By doing so, it removes the flex inherent in the rubber bushings and improves the brake feel and feedback. The bronze bushing keeps caliper flex to a minimum and keeps the brake pads flat along the rotor.
The stock brakes are well known for their mushy feel and absolute lack of feedback. If you are switching pads to get better feel, try these out first. You’ll be pleasantly surprised. A few others also commented that switching to braided lines did not improve feel as much as these bushings did. Things improve a little more after switching out the stock brake pads. Pairing these bushings with a high performance brake pad such as the Hawk HPS pads makes for a nice street setup.
The downside to removing the rubber bushings is that you’ll have to grease these up once in a while. If you aren’t so keen on doing the required greasing, you might not want to get these. Greasing isn’t difficult, just 20 minutes a side if you’re taking it slow. I live in California and can get away with greasing them every few months. More difficult weather or heavy track usage will increase that interval. I would not skimp on the greasing maintenance. The clearances are tight and there isn’t much room for grease. I haven’t felt any increase in noise or vibration after installing them.
You’ll need to buy snap ring pliers to install these. Grab them from your favorite local hardware store. To get the bushings themselves, head over to this site: www.tyrolsport.com
As I can’t really explain better than their own installation instructions, here they are: TyrolSport Caliper Bushings Installation
The damage came out to about 120 dollars after I bought the snap ring pliers. Installation is easy and painless. You pull out the stock rubber bushings and caliper pins and replace them with the Tyrolsport units. Just make sure you take your time as you are dealing with the braking system.
This is a great mod for those looking to maximize the braking performance of the stock system. It’s cheap as far as modifications go and functional. If you aren’t afraid to regrease them once in a while, go ahead and grab a set for your car.