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Old 10-16-2019, 02:15 PM   #1
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Default Dual caliper setup

Hey all, I'm interested in doing a dual caliper brake setup on the front of my 2002 L200. I haven't managed to find any dual caliper back plates for my car, so would anyone know how I might go about it? Think I'd have to fabricate? Also, would it be more worth the dual caliper setup than just installing a dual piston caliper?

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Old 10-16-2019, 03:10 PM   #2
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Can the L series even go fast enough to justify the need for one?

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Old 10-18-2019, 12:29 AM   #3
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What is the existing brake hardware at the rear wheels: drum or disc? (Yes, there is a reason for asking this question.)

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Old 10-18-2019, 04:38 PM   #4
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Hey all, I'm interested in doing a dual caliper brake setup on the front of my 2002 L200. I haven't managed to find any dual caliper back plates for my car, so would anyone know how I might go about it? Think I'd have to fabricate? Also, would it be more worth the dual caliper setup than just installing a dual piston caliper?
What do you mean 'dual caliper' setup? Most daily drivers have single piston front disc brakes and others having four wheel disc brakes - all single piston and more than sufficient for emergency braking as long as the vehicle is used on regulated roads and highways. For track and auto crossing, a street car can benefit from suspension and brake changes. For racing only purposes, anything can be used to go from stock to racing.

There are dual piston brake calipers as well as four piston calipers but they're designed for continuous high speed braking. A light weight car like the S-series doesn't need two pistons per caliper unless you intend to drive on race tracks all the time. Dual piston calipers are simply a waste of money when upgrading to a different brake pad should increase braking performance of existing disc brakes. I can be wrong but someone will have to provide actual data, not hearsay, on replacing single piston calipers with dual piston ones.

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Old 10-20-2019, 02:48 AM   #5
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I have seen cars with a dual caliper set up, but that was at the rear wheels. These were on very high end sports cars. The "secondary" caliper was actually the parking brake and was much smaller than the brake pedal related caliper. Most cars having rear disc brakes have their parking brakes located in the raised center of the rear rotors and are simply a smaller form of a drum brake set up. Of course, our L-Series cars use that system.

With regard to the front brakes the L-Series cars use a well-sized caliper, pads, and rotor. The calipers and pads are quite effective and need no improvement from a differently designed product. The L-Series cars with the four cylinder engine are relatively light and as a result the braking response tends to be very quick. In my view it would be a waste of time and resources to do anything more than upgrading to drilled and slotted rotors and sport/racing style brake pads which have the same shaping as the OE part.

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Old 10-20-2019, 07:25 AM   #6
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Scott, I agree with Pierrot , just get slotted drilled rotors with ceramic brakes. That's what I did. They're like $80 a set, and work fine. I have multiple cars, and my LW300 had the worst braking, although nothing particularly wrong with them. I feel the new rotors helped. I'm on my second set. Just do the "burn-in" procedure, and expect to replace them every 5-7 years or so on the fronts. ( you'll start to see edge corrosion on the inside surface radius start to work it's way in.)

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