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944 Brake Upgrade to 944 Turbo Brakes

  • 1985
  • 944
185 000

First, thank you for the support.  I have had my 85.5 944 for over 29 years and the love affair remains strong. Of course there is always work to do and have a couple questions hoping you can help me with.  Know there is a lot of “information” out there on this but have yet to see it in one condensed and solid version – and some more accurate than others. My master cylinder gave up the ghost a couple weeks back and figure in for a penny, in for a pound, it is time for a complete brake upgrade. The only after market for the NA cars appears to be Wilwood 4 piston caliper set for the front (though Wilwood does not appear to be making them anymore), but are still in stock with Rennbay for $750. I think what I would rather do is convert the car over to 86 Turbo brakes both front and rear. I know the wheel offsets are the same at (I think) 23mm and they didn’t increase until 87 for all models. My question is, is there, that you are aware of, a one stop shopping list, video or article, on all parts (including part numbers) needed to convert the early NA cars to early turbo brakes and the pitfalls associated with doing so. Is there a video or guide you are aware of to show the install/conversion. Guessing spindle replacement is required on the front but are the spindle mounts the same? Similar question for the rears. Does anything direct fit between the two – I’m probably not that lucky….

I would love to be able to find a set of 86 calipers, refurbish / rebuild them, get them powered coated and install if that is not an insurmountable task. Any guidance you can provide would be greatly appreciated – the greater the detail the better.

If there is a different alternative that is better, I’m all ears…like using Boxster mono block calipers instead etc.

Second question is, not uncommonly, my rock chip decals/guards have faded out and need to be removed. Have read a few blogs with umpteen opinions on the best way to remove these without damaging the finish ranging from chemicals (which I’m not buying is a good idea) to heat guns. If you are aware of one that actually works and works well without threatening the finish, I would be much obliged. 


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