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VW MKVII-Mk7 Golf family including Golf Wagon (~ 2015 +) Discussions area for the Mk7 (2015+) Golf and Golf Wagon TDIs based on the MQB (Modularer Querbaukasten) platform.

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Old September 15th, 2019, 05:10   #1
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Default 2015 Golf brake upgrade

after a few hours wandering around google and various forums i think i am a little more confused and now so here is a new thread on it.

basically i bought a 2015 SEL 6spd golf TDI last week, rotors are warped so i need a brake job. i figure while I'm in there i'd like to upgrade to larger rotors and better pads. i'm ok on what pads i want but more questions on rotor/carrier option......


My questions is what works on these cars?

i came from years of MK4 ownership so i know VW likes to used the same caliper but different carrier brackets to push it out for a larger rotor and those are an easy retrofit onto other vehicles.

then the rear brakes......
i see that many of the larger 3xxmm rear brakes have an electronic Ebrake caliper, is that an entirely different deal than what i have with the older style cable E-brake.

does anyone sell just the caliper carriers so i can just buy larger OEM rotors and swap the carriers so its not just less cost but easier/faster/no brake bleeding?
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Old September 16th, 2019, 06:13   #2
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check out 312mm carrier upgrades, real cheap and easy to do once you're souring replacement rotors.

I'd leave the rears alone and only upgrade them if you're going to play with the big boys and upgrade the fronts to 340mm.

https://www.golfmk7.com/forums/showthread.php?t=26006
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Old September 16th, 2019, 06:27   #3
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In addition to larger brakes, you can also investigate the Audi parts bin as many Audi models that ride on the same platform get higher performance brakes of the same size. You'd have to do some investigating, but the Audi A3 rides on the same basic underpinnings. I have found that if the brake pads and rotors are the same dimensions, Volkswagen vs. Audi, but are different part numbers, then they are often a "grippier" material for both the pads AND the rotors. They will not last as long, but will stop better.

May not be an option for every model, though.

For instance (just looked it up):

The brake pad set for a 2015 Golf w/ 312mm front rotors:

8V0-698-151-G

The brake pad set for a 2015 Audi TT w/ 312mm front rotors:

8J0-698-151-F

In this case, both cars use the same rotors, but the pad difference and the type of car difference suggests strongly that the TT's pads are formulated for much higher performance driving, and thus will work better albeit at the cost of shortened life. However, shortened life could mean 100k miles of use instead of 200k miles of use, so....

But they'll fit right in with zero modifications and may be similar in cost. Keep in mind, this would be for an OEM type of pad (Textar, TRW, Pagid, Ate, etc.). Some aftermarket stuff may not make the distinction, and you get what you get because they'll only have one choice for both models.
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Old September 17th, 2019, 13:52   #4
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ok cool i'll have to look into that.

do you know what i can use for the rear brakes?
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Old September 17th, 2019, 14:18   #5
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Measure your front and rear rotors, it will be easier for me to narrow down the choices if I know what size to look for.
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Old September 17th, 2019, 21:45   #6
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Measure your front and rear rotors, it will be easier for me to narrow down the choices if I know what size to look for.
this a factory OEM rotor and pad replacement

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/aud...pid=1586103033
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That tells me nothing about rotor size.
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Old September 18th, 2019, 17:02   #8
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That tells me nothing about rotor size.
oh that's the wrong link, i can't find the correct one now, dammit.
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Old September 18th, 2019, 19:32   #9
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For my A3, I put on MK6 GTI brakes. I found a seller that had new car take off's. Red calipers, red brackets, and new rotors. 312mm front ATE calipers and 286mm rear Bosch calipers. Very happy with the improved braking. He sold with the dust shields and brake lines, so everything fit right up. Look on Vortex classifieds. They do pop up occasionaly
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Old September 19th, 2019, 13:22   #10
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i found this thread here so i'll grab some ebay parts and do this swap here.
https://www.golfmk7.com/forums/showthread.php?t=54247
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Old September 19th, 2019, 16:36   #11
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Definitely get the larger dust shields when you upgrade. I have 18z brakes with no shields and my wheels are filthy in NO time. I'm gonna eventually try and retrofit the larger ones on there.
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another perk of 288 to 312 rotors, no need to change the dust shield as it's the same part. for both sized rotors.
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I just recently (month ago) did the upgrade to the 312mm in front.


Went with 312mm slotted Stoptech rotors, GTi caliper carriers, Red Stuff pads.


The difference is amazing!
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I just recently (month ago) did the upgrade to the 312mm in front.


Went with 312mm slotted Stoptech rotors, GTi caliper carriers, Red Stuff pads.


The difference is amazing!
where did you source your parts from? these were just bolt on correct?

i think i'll just do this as well so i can run 16" snows
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where did you source your parts from? these were just bolt on correct?

i think I'll just do this as well so i can run 16" snows

Went to a local shop and explained what I wanted to do. They were super accommodating and said if they source the parts they will warranty the parts as well as the work. That was an easy choice, took them a day (after parts came in) and I had my car back with crazy levels of stopping power.



https://imgur.com/Ri74V0y


Kinda crappy picture but you get the idea. I enjoy that the upgrade isn't flashy, just highly practical.
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