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Adam's 02' S8 FD3S Widebody

Old 04-12-18, 05:26 AM
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Looking good. Anyone more pics?
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Any regrets on cutting up the fenders for the rear overfenders?
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Old 04-13-18, 08:23 AM
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Nope? Never even thought about it! I don't think anyone would ever go back to stock body after going wide. I've never looked at a stock bodied FD and regretted my decision. The feed fenders give the FD the aggressive lines it needs to modernise it (I think).

Plus you'd run into issues running any reasonable wheel and tyre combo if you didn't cut, re-weld and make new wheel wells. Which is the whole point of going wide!

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Old 04-14-18, 12:20 AM
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For those wanting to check out the AST delete I took some photos today after giving the bay a good wash. Covered up the electricals and gave it a good blast. Could probably use having some parts repainted, will get around to it some point.

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Little update - Tails & Brakes

Finally took my Car Shop GLOW lights off which have been busted for like a year and sent them back to Japan - turns out they had a bad seal and had rusted up inside. I've left them there for the moment to decide if I'll have him re-build them or not.

I replaced them with some prototypes that my friend Landon from FD3S Nation put together. Originally they were to be diffused but there was light bleed issues so he did an individual LED version to get the prototype out the door to me. Eventually a second diffused version will hopefully be made. I really like the design and think it's a really nice and simple shape that lends itself to the lines of the car. Eventually I will have to take them off and send them back to be amended - the resistors used in the prototype set left some brightness on the table so will exchange them.

Can see videos of them on the FD3S website.

I also finally got to do my brakes. I researched extensively, looking for kits that incorporated the handbrake and found 3 companies that I believe all source their calipers from the same place. PB Brakes, Ceika and Rolloface all seem to use a similar set up and all offer a proprietary line lock system that allows you to retain the hand brake. They also all sent me the exact same templates for measuring set ups. Each company has a slightly different package though and Rolloface offer incredible finishes.

I was going to pull the trigger on a 6 pot front 4 pot rear from Rolloface when I came across WP Pro. My intention for the brakes was mostly aesthetic, my old Project Mu set up was amazing. I definitely didn't need more braking power, this is just something I'd always wanted to do. But I also didn't really want to slow the car down with massively heavy brakes.

Enter WP Pro - these guys make some amazing brakes and rotors, and have been since the 80's. Aripin (the owner of WP Pro) suggested utilising the stock rear caliper seeing as I didn't really need the larger piston and using custom brackets like Sakebomb to use a larger rotor.

Their manufacturing process involves a 2000 ton forging process using 6061 T6 aluminium alloy and CNC billet machining. The calipers include 3 piston seals and Japanese made 6.3mm transfer pipes. But the real beauty is the weight. Their ultralite rotors are considerably lighter than stock despite being much bigger.

I went with a 6 pot, medium piston front caliper and 360mm rotors + 345mm rear rotors with the stock caliper.

Here are the weight comparisons:


OLD 7kg
NEW 7kg

OLD 3.5kg
NEW (with bracket) 5.0 kg

OLD 6.7 kg
NEW 5.5 kg

OLD 5.8 kg
NEW (with bracket) 6.0 KG

So I actually reduced the unsprung weight of the rear despite going to a 345mm disc and overall broke even.

How does it feel? Totally different but it's still bedding in. There is slightly more pedal travel because of the larger caliper - and am considering doing the upgraded master cylinder to bring back the stock pedal feel but also getting used to the longer travel and smoother braking feel. However, if you really need to pull up and stomp on it, it'll put you through the windshield. Totally didn't need them, but they are incredible and look incredible.

If you are interested in the kits that retain the rear caliper, Reu has the PB Brake full kit, and Socal has the Rolloface kit which looks amazing too.

As always, can see more on my IG @adlawd
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