How To: GTO Calipers with C5 Brake Pads. OMEGA/CATERA

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How To: GTO Calipers with C5 Brake Pads. OMEGA/CATERA

Post by CateraMV6 on 3/11/2010, 12:55

Finally got around to throwing some C5 pads and seeing what the fuzz was all about and found myself quite pleasantly surprised... :worship:

THe C5 pads are way bigger then the GTO ones but on the same back frame! So its safe to upgrade as long as you have the rattle clips in place otherwise I think they will make noise.

The brake pedal is more touchy now, and I experienced similar improvements as when I got the larger calipers. The 04 GTO guys have been doing this for a while now as an improvement to their stock systems...

Here is the pad difference!





Here they are on the bracket side by side...




And here is what the larger pad does to the rotor... wider swept area... I can tell because I had my rotors painted and the paint was rubbed off from the new pads...

Seems like it sweeps more maybe another 15% on top of the GTO pad...



C5 pad vs GTO



No, no real upgrades of any of the electronics, all I am doing is upgrading the mechanics of it.

The oem pads were approximately this big....
CATERA Front Pads

GTO Front Pads

C5 Vette Pads


I started with this upgrade... OEM calipers to the GTO dual piston ones and now I just went to a bigger C5 pad which is on the same frame as the GTO ones but has more pad material and much larger friction area.
I would say that at this point my braking is severly limited to tire grip, during panic stops the ABS has to kick in because even thou I am running 245/40-18 I can still lock them up on dry pavements. Talk about powerfull brakes and I havent even touched the rotors yet...

The picture below will show you how much smaller the oem brakes were compared to my current set up...
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Re: How To: GTO Calipers with C5 Brake Pads. OMEGA/CATERA

Post by yomincarr on 4/5/2010, 21:06

it looks like they dont have an attachment point for our wear sensor, is that true?
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Post by Matera97 on 4/7/2010, 18:40

I beleive you are correct. My wear sensor has been disabled for as long as I've had my car, so I'm not too concerned about it.
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Post by yomincarr on 4/8/2010, 13:53

ok, well i may try and see if it will fit...not one for modifying electrical if i dont have to...do you know how to get them off the stock pads?
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Post by Matera97 on 4/9/2010, 14:31

Not quite sure. I think they are just put on with on with some adhesive.
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Post by yomincarr on 4/11/2010, 19:04

ok, its hard to tell bc mine are so rusted but i think they might be riveted or something weird like that
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Post by Matera97 on 4/13/2010, 19:58

Did the antirattle clips come with the pads?
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Post by yomincarr on 4/13/2010, 20:43

only with the Cmax ceramics, which they dont offer for our car. only for the rears go figure. Im just gonna go with the standard duralasts for now and lots of lube lol. You can get the hardware kit for extra, and apparently the wear sensors are pressed in so you have to punch them out, should be fun...im gonna try and take pics while i do the job, hopefully if all goes well i should have DIY up here on thurs.
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Post by Matera97 on 4/13/2010, 20:58

I'm sorry I was talking about the C5 pads got the GTO calipers.
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Post by yomincarr on 4/13/2010, 21:13

oh ok. not really sure, we have to order the pads vendor direct which can get rather pricey...ill look into it next time im at work
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