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Discussion in 'VZ Holden Commodore (2004 - 2006)' started by mainpath, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. mainpath

    mainpath New Member

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    Hey all,

    I have a few questions.

    1. What would I exactly need to upgrade to get better stability in my VZ Exc around corners, my old VX used to handle them very well.

    2. What are the absolute best brake pads I can get in my exc without getting the HSV Brake Package? (ebay linky or similar would be fantastic)

    3. Would it help if I got the 2 bars that go across the motor and the one in the boot? (i'm sorry, i'm not so good with the lingo, they are strut bars?)

    Thanks heaps
     
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    naf33n go

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    1. upgrade your suspension to FE2 suspension or after market brands, king springs lovell pedders etc.

    2. dunno

    3. yeap its called a strut brace, you can get a front one from holden for about $50.,. rear you would have to go after market
     
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    1. Reduce your speed and drive a little slower, you can still negotiate the corners and better still have a greater chance of avoiding a collision worst of all resuylting in the death of an innocent party.

    2. By adhering to the recommendations in #1 you'll find that you no longer have to brake as hard as previously. The standard brakes will do the job admirably.

    3. Engine bay strut bar can contribute to stabilising the strut towers and maintain front wheel alignment. As for the rear, don't know, perhaps by modifying your driving style you won't need one.
     
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    thats is the gayest s**t i have ever heard, he didnt ask for your opinion on his driving style,
     
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    lol naf33n, love it mate. Some people can be absolute self righteous twats eh?

    From what I hear mate, DBA discs and greenstuff brake pads are a good combination. The pads do produce a fair bit more dust than normal pads so cleaning your rims will become a bit more regular.

    As for the strut brace, I and many others here have the factory jobbie from Holden spare parts. Cost is about $50 and DIY install job (2 bolts on each tower, 5 min job).

    Not sure about suspension though, as I have the SV6 I am happy with the FE2 for all intents and purposes my driving style currently affords me, so I don't see the need to change it as yet :)

    Good luck dude.
     
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    wanker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Now back on topic, Do those strut braces make a big diff. 50 bux sounds like a bargain!
     
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    Thats just silly :bang:

    Firstly I have a rule, I dont follow the pack, If it's a 60 zone i go 60 "if i can", If i can't I wont pressure the individual in front of me to go faster or I simple take a different road, anyway I didn't ask a question about driving style. In your answer to my question 2, the pads that I currently have on the car are very bad and don't really like to grip very well in any condition and any speed.

    I really appreciate the replies, I was sort of after a type of brake pad that is low dust but I guess you can't have both. :D

    as for the FE2 suspension, I would need to replace the wheels wouldn't I ? and how much would it be to get FE2 installed?

    Thank you
     
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    no need to change wheels, although goin with a wider wheel will increase your grip,


    fe2 is just a firmer shock and spring over standard
     
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    I always thought that FE2 Suspension was lowering as well, I guess I was wrong, thanks for the info.
     
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    Baldric The BOSS

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    would sugets upgrading your sway bar bushes etc to a nolathane type bushing.
    Brake try DBA 4000 rotors and some bendix ultimate (they are good pads but they emit a bit of dust, water and soap on a weekly basis will fix that)
    or you could go extree to dba 5000 or CSC brakes, Apracing etc

    depends on yoru budget comes down to the old saying. how long is a piece of string ......
     
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    no you are right, there is about a 1 inch drop with fe2
     
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    1. As said FE2 cheapest option, other than going full aftermarket

    2. Bendix ultimates, ive used on previous cars & there great.

    3. Its just one bar that goes across between the two struts at the front, u can buy this at any Holden dealer for around $50-$60.

    Lol at Naf, nice one mate:rofl:
     
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    Hey, I really appriciate the great replies.
    I just have one final question to do with this.

    Currently when I brake in the VZ, if it's necessary for me to brake hard and I go over a tiny bump on the road or a tiny pot hole, the brakes seem to go all strange, as in they don't like to grip and it's like a stuttering effect if that kinda makes sense. It's hard to explain but it's just shitting me. :cry:

    Thank You
     
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    I feel stuttering when my abs is kicking in. only under very heavy braking however.
     
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    Really humm, this isn't really heavy braking roughly about half way down?
     
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    Yeah mainpath, thats the ABS working. I had to get used to that too :)
     
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    If it isnt ABS braking kicking in , maybe have a TRUSTED mechanic check out the braking system. Even if it is the ABS, either somethings wrong or your going waaaaay too fast
     
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    As said its ur ABS Working. Its like a grinding noise.
     
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    VZMAX I THE GREAT

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    If its a shudder you feel in the brake pedal its a warped disc needing machining...common problem with vz's...I have the same problem under heavy breaking or breaking going over a hump..
     
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    ^^ Any car can easily get warped discs. i had them in my corolla, i think they can be easily caused by heavy braking followed by it getting wet froma deep puddle
     

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