S2 brake calipers for S1.5 car = no fit?

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#1 S2 brake calipers for S1.5 car = no fit?

Post by david.coan » Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:25 pm

Just checking that series 2 calipers wont fit my series 1.5 car? Series 2 calipers seem to come up on ebay at not too much money, £xx. But If i want better calipers i need to buy 4 pot calipers for £xxx. Is this accurate?

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#2 Re: S2 brake calipers for S1.5 car = no fit?

Post by tim wood » Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:23 pm

I think you will find that these will not fit because the spacing of the fixing bolts differs.
You really have 3 options;
Keep as is
Buy some purpose made 4 pots from the likes of Coopercraft or Zeus
Follow the thread and modify some Volvo 4 pots, although these ar3 getting hard to come buy.

I suppose a 4th option exists in that you could buy some series 2 uprights but that is even more expensive and probably elusive.

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#3 Re: S2 brake calipers for S1.5 car = no fit?

Post by mgcjag » Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:41 pm

Are we talking about front rear or both.....Steve
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#4 Re: S2 brake calipers for S1.5 car = no fit?

Post by tim wood » Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:09 pm

Good point Steve, I had assumed fronts..........
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#5 Re: S2 brake calipers for S1.5 car = no fit?

Post by mgcjag » Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:16 pm

Hi Tim...did you also upgrade your rear brakes....Steve
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#6 Re: S2 brake calipers for S1.5 car = no fit?

Post by tim wood » Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:14 pm

Yup, series 2 calipers at the rear and 4 pots on the front.
Actually I ended up with a near new complete system. Had to replace the servo, the master cylinder and the vacuum valve on the reservoir.
I think only the front to rear pipes are original !

Made my own remote bleeders - simple job.

Managed to get a good pedal
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#7 Re: S2 brake calipers for S1.5 car = no fit?

Post by david.coan » Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:44 pm

Thanks for confirming, i was talking about the fronts only, shame about the answer, so i will have to consider 4 pots, good job i did not bid on the S2 calipers, i had read that my front calipers then moved to the rear are an upgrade on my current setup

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#8 Re: S2 brake calipers for S1.5 car = no fit?

Post by tim wood » Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:12 am

Yes, many people move the front calipers to the rear.
I think it’s an IRS out job ....... others will confirm

If it’s an IRS out job then you may as well check over the entire unit.
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#9 Re: S2 brake calipers for S1.5 car = no fit?

Post by Doug Buchan » Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:33 am

"I suppose a 4th option exists in that you could buy some series 2 uprights but that is even more expensive and probably elusive."

With this option, series 2 steering arms will have to be used as well.
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#10 Re: S2 brake calipers for S1.5 car = no fit?

Post by ChrisC » Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:23 pm

A long time ago - a fairly normal 'upgrade' was to fit suspension uprights from a 420, they were readily available at the time and that's what I fitted to my Series 1 which allowed me to fit the vented V12 disks too...

Granted that was more than a few years ago when caliper upgrades like Zeus didn't exist - but it *IS* an option :)
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#11 Re: S2 brake calipers for S1.5 car = no fit?

Post by Doug Buchan » Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:52 pm

Chris,
That's good to know however 420's aren't all that common over here. Series 2 2+2's used to be abundant but that's going back to the mid seventies when I got my first E. Many of them gave their lives providing power steering, thicker torsion bars and of course 3-1/2" O.C. uprights, steering arms and Girling brakes.
It's nice having the option now of Zeus and Coopercraft.
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