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Consolidated Macan Brembo upgrade thread (READ FIRST POST)

bobivy1234

Ready to race!
Location
Greensboro, NC USA
Car(s)
2016 VW Golf GTI
Big thanks to everyone in this thread for the wealth of info. I installed mine this past weekend with 345mm rotors, RBF600 fluid, and Powerstop Z23 for street pads. I must say these calipers bite hard when you really step on them. I think I still have a tiny bit of air in the lines, I will bleed the brakes again later. With that said, I didn’t think the dead travel would bother me but it does now, lol. So for all of you guys who applied RRG, did you have to take out the dust boots and pistons to apply it? I’d rather not if I can get away with it, as I don’t have much brake fluid left for a full flush, lol.
What you can do is firm up the brake while the car is off and then put a block of wood against the brake pedal and keep it snug with your driver's seat. That way when you disconnect the SS brake line from the hard line, you won't lose any brake fluid from the master cylinder as it creates a suction like holding the top of a straw. Then you can easily dump what's left in the caliper as you work on it and pull the pistons out. Makes the whole job much cleaner without much fluid loss.
 

GTIfan99

Autocross Champion
Location
FL
There's like a 80% chance if you ordered it from Amazon when you posted this it would be delivered by 6PM today.

Exactly. Just get the RRG. It is the right lube for this project.
 

Will_

Autocross Champion
Location
SF Bay Area
Car(s)
2017 GTI S DSG
Checked dust seals (OEM) last night as part of track prep. Still looking good after 10k miles and 13 or so track days.

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bobivy1234

Ready to race!
Location
Greensboro, NC USA
Car(s)
2016 VW Golf GTI
Checked dust seals (OEM) last night as part of track prep. Still looking good after 10k miles and 13 or so track days.

Assume you have OEM piston seals also and did you lube up the pistons with RRG? I basically kept my conversion stock just to see how it is and its not bad once I bled it well. Will be taking it to the track so wondering if you did anything else during install.

Also what pads are you (and others) using for track? I got Raybestos ST-43 but would like to know what others are doing. Heard some run Carbotech XP10, others Ferodo DS1.11/DSUNO. Ferodo DS2500 on the PP brakes were great but after 12 days I need something better.

To add to that, rear brake pads are stock or track-specific also?
 
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Bernb6

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Location
Palo Alto, CA
Car(s)
2017 GTI Autobahn
Bob, I've never needed to lub Stoptechs. And the kit comes with SS lines. Initial pedal height and firmness with this set is excellent. I'll be heading out to some back roads later today to bed the pads and will let you know more then. And I'll give a report after Laguna Seca this weekend.

Re pads, I have Pagid RS29 Yellow for the front. I currently have some inexpensive Power Stop Z26 in the rear though I don't know how long I'll keep them or what I might use as an alternative.

Bern
 

Will_

Autocross Champion
Location
SF Bay Area
Car(s)
2017 GTI S DSG
Assume you have OEM piston seals also and did you lube up the pistons with RRG? I basically kept my conversion stock just to see how it is and its not bad once I bled it well. Will be taking it to the track so wondering if you did anything else during install.

Also what pads are you (and others) using for track? I got Raybestos ST-43 but would like to know what others are doing. Heard some run Carbotech XP10, others Ferodo DS1.11/DSUNO. Ferodo DS2500 on the PP brakes were great but after 12 days I need something better.

To add to that, rear brake pads are stock or track-specific also?

I did not use RRG when installing, only did the OBD11 tweaks after bleeding and have been happy with the feel.

I run DS2500 pads year round. I would like to run a more aggressive pad but get free replacements on the pads from FCPEuro so hard to switch.

Rear pads/rotors are still the same ones that came on the car, haven’t touched them.
 

bobivy1234

Ready to race!
Location
Greensboro, NC USA
Car(s)
2016 VW Golf GTI
I did not use RRG when installing, only did the OBD11 tweaks after bleeding and have been happy with the feel.

I run DS2500 pads year round. I would like to run a more aggressive pad but get free replacements on the pads from FCPEuro so hard to switch.

Rear pads/rotors are still the same ones that came on the car, haven’t touched them.

Cool quick follow-up, could you link or send the SKU of the FCPEuro Macan DS2500? I've had a hard time finding the right one since the Macan filter doesn't show it or searching by the 1001 pad shape. Also how many track days do you get on average before swapping out your DS2500s?

Is this the one as FRD-FCP1001H? https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/mercedes-performance-brake-pad-set-ferodo-racing-0034202120 Seems to be the right one but it names a bunch of Mercedes for fitment so wanted to validate that first.
 
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Will_

Autocross Champion
Location
SF Bay Area
Car(s)
2017 GTI S DSG
Cool quick follow-up, could you link or send the SKU of the FCPEuro Macan DS2500? I've had a hard time finding the right one since the Macan filter doesn't show it or searching by the 1001 pad shape. Also how many track days do you get on average before swapping out your DS2500s?

Is this the one as FRD-FCP1001H? https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/mercedes-performance-brake-pad-set-ferodo-racing-0034202120 Seems to be the right one but it names a bunch of Mercedes for fitment so wanted to validate that first.
No, this is the one you want:

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/audi-vw-performance-brake-pad-set-ferodo-racing-8j0698151k

I get about 8 days per set, however I seem to be fairly easy on brakes compared to others.
 

Bernb6

Ready to race!
Location
Palo Alto, CA
Car(s)
2017 GTI Autobahn
Bob, I've never needed to lub Stoptechs. And the kit comes with SS lines. Initial pedal height and firmness with this set is excellent. I'll be heading out to some back roads later today to bed the pads and will let you know more then. And I'll give a report after Laguna Seca this weekend.
Bern
First track day with the Stoptech/R29s and they were superb! Needed much less pedal pressure and pedal remained firm and high throughout the day. Was with a friend in his Cayman S and we noted that after some cool-down in the paddock, his calipers were notably hotter than mine. We'll be at Sonoma this coming Saturday and I'll try to remember to bring my infrared gun to get temps immediately after pitting.
Bern
 
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