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#1 Posted : 12 October 2018 12:26:39(UTC)
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The other day I noticed a puddle under the wheel of my 1.6 Eunos daily driver. A lack of brake fluid in the reservoir gave me a clue as to what it might be. I knew all the hoses were ok as they were recent braided items, so it had to be a callipers leak. Being a person who likes to replace things in pairs I decided on a couple of recon callipers. After a bit of research I found Autolink do a big brake conversion complete with recon callipers, new discs, brackets and pads for about £30 more than I could buy standard callipers and pads for. 

They arrived within 18 hrs and took 30 mins per side to fit. Simples as those little furry creatures say.  Not sure if they will make that much difference, but at least I can brag down the pub that I have big brakes.

if you are thinking of an upgrade I recommend this item. 

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#2 Posted : 12 October 2018 12:42:04(UTC)
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we used it on our 1.6 Exocet and agreed they are a good replacement
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#3 Posted : 12 October 2018 12:44:13(UTC)
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That would be the upgrade of front brakes to the same as used on the 1.8. 

Autolink 1.6 front brake upgrade kit

Looks very cheap but new, presumably chinese parts. Hope they work out and was there a guarantee? 

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#4 Posted : 12 October 2018 12:49:00(UTC)
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Ours have been on for about a year now, approx 3K miles plus a trip around Curborough Sprint all seems to be good so far.
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#5 Posted : 12 October 2018 13:00:42(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: rhino666 Go to Quoted Post

Looks very cheap but new, presumably chinese parts. Hope they work out and was there a guarantee? 

Have you checked the validity of your presumption before posting.

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#6 Posted : 12 October 2018 13:44:35(UTC)
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I would add a note of caution here - Big brake front discs are 270 mm across, and when I downsized from 16" rims to 15", there was some doubt that the wheels would clear the discs. They do, but that also makes me wonder if 14" wheels (as OEM) fit on an NA will clear the discs - and caliper. Which leads me to think anyone considering this conversion also needs to ensure - if they are running on 14" wheels, that there is sufficient clearance to allow fitting front Big brakes and there's enough cooling space to prevent overheating. - 15" wheels are safer, but check anyway.

Andy Stott at Autolink was a former race driver (MX5's) and is a Club member, with a good reputation, so I can't see him jeopardizing his reputation by selling junk.
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#7 Posted : 12 October 2018 14:01:40(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: rhino666 Go to Quoted Post

Looks very cheap but new, presumably chinese parts. Hope they work out and was there a guarantee? 

Have you checked the validity of your presumption before posting.

What's the problem Ian? 

The original poster thought these were reconditioned calipers but they are listed as new.

Where else do you suggest they could be manufactured for that price?

I did not realise I needed your permission to make a realistic presumption which can be easily corrected by one of the buyers on the thread rather than questioned by a pedant.  

 

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#8 Posted : 12 October 2018 14:10:13(UTC)
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Looks very cheap but new, presumably chinese parts. Hope they work out and was there a guarantee? 

Have you checked the validity of your presumption before posting.

What's the problem Ian?

Where else do you suggest they could be manufactured for that price?

 

Only Autolink will know how they can retail for the price, I merely suggested you check the validity of your claim.

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#9 Posted : 12 October 2018 14:14:47(UTC)
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I can 100% confirm that Autolink do not and will not sell cheap Chinese sub standard dangerous calipers ever, he does a lot of testing before banging anything on the shelf's for sale, which i have personally been part of  many times, if anything is crap then it never hits the shelf's and web site trust me on that they get cut up and in the bin.

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#10 Posted : 12 October 2018 14:28:30(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Gerryn Go to Quoted Post
I would add a note of caution here - Big brake front discs are 270 mm across, and when I downsized from 16" rims to 15", there was some doubt that the wheels would clear the discs. They do, but that also makes me wonder if 14" wheels (as OEM) fit on an NA will clear the discs - and caliper. Which leads me to think anyone considering this conversion also needs to ensure - if they are running on 14" wheels, that there is sufficient clearance to allow fitting front Big brakes and there's enough cooling space to prevent overheating. - 15" wheels are safer, but check anyway.

Andy Stott at Autolink was a former race driver (MX5's) and is a Club member, with a good reputation, so I can't see him jeopardizing his reputation by selling junk.

 

Good point, we have 17" on at the moment so will check the daisy wheels see what they look like and report back.

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#11 Posted : 12 October 2018 14:29:34(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Mazda mender Go to Quoted Post

I can 100% confirm that Autolink do not and will not sell cheap Chinese sub standard dangerous calipers ever, he does a lot of testing before banging anything on the shelf's for sale, which i have personally been part of  many times, if anything is crap then it never hits the shelf's and web site trust me on that they get cut up and in the bin.

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Did not realise I had opened a can of worms here and there was no insinuation that the parts are sub standard or dangerous. I buy a lot of bits from China and quality mixed from unusable rubbish to excellent.

As the question has been asked, lets clear this up - where are these parts and in particular the calipers manufactured please? 

 

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#12 Posted : 12 October 2018 14:57:56(UTC)
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IIRC, genuine Mazda big brake callipers have a certain number cast into them. I bought one from Autolink for mine and it was identical to the one removed (other that it wasn't actually seized )

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#13 Posted : 12 October 2018 15:03:22(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: tfrgreen Go to Quoted Post

 I can brag down the pub that I have big brakes.

if you are thinking of an upgrade I recommend this item. 

 

You can also brag down the pub that you purchased from a reputable specialist who is always on the end of the phone to answer any queries you may have.

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#14 Posted : 12 October 2018 15:35:07(UTC)
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The new calipers we sell in the kit come from the Netherlands.
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#15 Posted : 12 October 2018 15:44:17(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Andrew Stott Go to Quoted Post
The new calipers we sell in the kit come from the Netherlands.

Thank you Andrew - are they manufactured in the Netherlands?

 

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#16 Posted : 12 October 2018 16:56:50(UTC)
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Blimey. Never thought it would open such a lively debate. Anyway they seem fine. The point about wheel size is valid. I,m running deep dish 15 s and they clear, but not by much. 14” might be problem depending on style.

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#17 Posted : 14 October 2018 08:20:23(UTC)
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Well do they fit inside 14” daisies or not?

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