Late Model Import Brakes
Honda 2000 with Wilwood Brakes
During World War II, U.S. servicemen stationed
overseas got their first chance to drive an English sports car. MGs, Jaguars
and Austin Healeys became very popular with the
soldiers. When they returned home from the war they wanted to be able to buy
the stylish, sporty vehicles, prompting a crop of new import dealerships to
open in the early ‘50s.
In the mid-‘50s, two additional sport imports
reached the United States: the Volkswagen Beetle and the Porsche. The VW was reasonably
priced and the Porsche offered exceptional handling; both cars offered
excellent gas mileage. Meanwhile, the French imported the Renault to the U.S., gaining
a small market share.
Nissan 370Z with Wilwood Brakes
In the 1960s and 70’s, imported cars became more popular with
the American public. Datsun (now Nissan), Toyota,
Mercedes and BMW opened dealerships and advertised their vehicles as dependable
Wilwood Engineering has brake kits for most of these popular
imported vehicles, as well as the Acura Integra, Honda Civic, Mitsubishi Evo
and Nissan 350Z. Wilwood offers the
Forged Dynalite Big Brake Front Brake Kit (Hat), part number
140-8695, featuring Dynalite
calipers in a black and red powder coat finish and 11.00-inch rotors available
in a standard HP or drilled and slotted SRP style. This kit is available for
Acura, Honda and Mitsubishi imports.
Another popular kit for many imports is the Dynapro
Radial Big Brake Front Kit, part number 140-8528, featuring Dynapro
calipers in a black or red powder coat finish and 12.19-inch rotors in a
standard HP or drilled and slotted SRP style that bolt directly to the hub
assembly. This kit is available for the Mini Cooper, Mitsubishi, Subaru and
Volkswagen imports. The Dynapro
6 Big Brake Front Hat Kit, part number 140-10736, is another brake improvement designed for
cars that require a large, powerful braking system. The Dynapro
caliper is available in a black powder coat finish with 12.19-inches rotors in
a standard HP or drilled and slotted SRP rotor style. This kit is commonly used
One of the most popular kits for both imports and late model
General Motors cars is the SL6
Big Brake Front Hat Kit, part number 140-8797. The kit features the big six-piston SL6
caliper that is available in a black powder coat finish. This kit can be used
with 12.88, 13.06 or 14.00-inch rotors available in the slotted GT or drilled
and slotted SRP style. This kit is used with BMW, late model GM, late model
Ford, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Acura and Subaru cars.
The final disc brake kit that is popular with import and
domestic cars is the Forged
Superlite 4 Big Brake Front
Kit, part number 140-9194.
The forged Superlite caliper
is available in a black finish and works with rotors ranging in size from a
12.19 to a 13.00-inch diameter in a slotted GT or drilled and slotted SRP
style. This kit was developed for Ford, Nissan and Scion cars.
Wilwood also has rear brake kits that fit most small imports
with front-wheel-drive like the
Combination Parking Brake Rear Kit, part number 140-10206.
This kit features the combination parking
brake that uses hydraulic pressure from the master cylinder for stopping power
and an internal mechanical lock for the parking brake. The caliper can be used
together with a range of rotors from 11.00 to 12.88-inches and is available
with a standard HD, a slotted GT and a drilled and slotted SRP rotor style.
This kit was developed for Ford, Acura and Honda cars. The other popular rear
brake kit is the
Dynapro Rear Kit for OE Parking Brake, part number 140-8798.
This kit features Dynapro calipers in a black finish and is compatible with the original internal drum
parking brake mechanism. The hat hubs are designed to fit the individual
applications. This brake kit uses rotor diameters from 12.19 to 12.88-inches
available in a standard HD, slotted GT and drilled and slotted SRP style. This
brake kit is used with BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, General Motors and Subaru cars.
If you have any questions about the brake kits Wilwood offers or
want to find out if there is a specialty shop that makes a brake kit for your
sports car, contact the Wilwood tech line at: (805) 388-1188 or email Sales/Tech Support.