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    Servo brakes

    Has anyone run a nova with servo brakes, the fitting in not a problem but just wanted to know if anyone has used them a what are they like, particularly in the wet, I've driven X1/9 s and lancia monti's with and without servos neither inspired confidence in the wet

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    Saw this on a different site:

    https://www.vwjim.co.uk/ourshop/prod...r...e-Kit.html


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    I can't help but feel the addition of a servo would result in a tendency to lock up the front unless ABS is also added or a brake bias valve to the rear. My car (standard VW with front discs) already has a tendency to lock up the front due to the lack of weight at the front of the car (though lowering the front tyre pressures has helped). I don't really think a servo is necessary or productive
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    I have to stamp pretty hard on my brakes to get it to stop in my Blue Nova (with a brake bias valve), so I figure a servo has gotta make that experience better

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    Quote Originally Posted by Supanovakit View Post
    Saw this on a different site:

    https://www.vwjim.co.uk/ourshop/prod...r...e-Kit.html


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    Quote Originally Posted by islandman View Post
    Car Builder Solutions have them also

    https://www.carbuilder.com/uk/compac...te-brake-servo
    Thanks guys for your input I’ve looked at the web pages of the double ended servo,it's a nice small unit, the fitment is not the problem I was after some possible feedback from someone who has fitted a servo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phill View Post
    I can't help but feel the addition of a servo would result in a tendency to lock up the front unless ABS is also added or a brake bias valve to the rear. My car (standard VW with front discs) already has a tendency to lock up the front due to the lack of weight at the front of the car (though lowering the front tyre pressures has helped). I don't really think a servo is necessary or productive
    Hi Phil I think you’re probably correct in your thinking on lockups ,I’ve got to improve the brakes somewhat as the standard disc drum setup I was running when used hard would fade and totally lose the brakes ,a bit disconcerting

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    I think a Servo would work well provided your braking system is properly balanced for the weight of the car, I am guessing that would be around 40-60 to the rear for most of us.

    As for replacing the rear Drums, I'm using the EMPI Disk conversion, it has worked well for a few people on the forum (and is as bolt-on as you can get with a Nova). The downside with the EMPI kit is it's a heavy unit and consequently the un-sprung weight is high.

    If that becomes an issue for me I am going to look at the Subarugears offering for the rear: http://www.subarugears.com/subabrakes/index.html

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    Had the same problem back in 2005 so went for Wilwood 4 pot radial , very light and good feel, Bugpack rear disc conversion, isn't that much heavier than a drum and shoe setup.
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    Yeah, nice.
    I had some Bugpack kit on my first car, quality was good.

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