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just picked up my Stage 5 brake kit from the local UPS depot Thursday, bloody box nearly gave me a hernia lugging it up the stairs!

so far initial impressions are it looks like a very well made & comprehensive kit, discs & calipers are mahoosive. Here's a few pics for anyone else interested (sorry about the quality but just used my camera phone)!


http://s242.photobucket.com/albums/ff46/alexforde303/?action=view&current=DSC00007.jpg
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p.s. spot the toe!
 

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ooh oooh oooh ooooh ooooo *drool*

I am poised to get the same kit (with the stage 1 rears) myself at the moment. I have some questions please Alex:

(a) Are you fitting them yourself?
(b) You got them direct from ECS I take it? Would you mind telling me what the total cost was, how much was shipping and import tax please?
(c) Was the bottle of wine in this pic a minature? ;-)
 

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Hi there,

i really wanted the Stage 1R rears with the 308x22mm floating rotors too but 'senior management' aka my girlfriend put her foot down! I'm hoping to sneak a set of these on later next year!

re: your questions

a) No i'm not fitting them myself, i'm planning on using the same tuning shop that looks after my Rado to do this, i'm ok with basic mechanical stuff but prefer to let a Pro sort my brakes out as their life savers at the end of the day. There's enough fluid in the kit to change all the brake fluid so want to get that done at the same time too.

b) I bought them off ECS direct, with the dollar still on its arse it seemed daft not to take advantage, the cost of the kit itself (in dollars) was:
$1995 (kit itself)
$ 270 (ups expediated shipping - only took 4 working days)
$ 25 (wire transfer fee) *
$2290 total


* basically above as certain value ECS ask that you send them a Telegrahic transfer with the funds

I think from memory when it was converted back to Pounds Sterling it was about £1150 but this just depends on what the exchange rate is on the day you send it!

On top of this UK customs hit me with about:-
£208 VAT plus £50 Import duty (gotta love em eah)

Also watch your bank as mine tried to charge me another 30 quid to send the Telegraphic transfer (told them politely where they could poke that)

Its also worth bearing in mind that there's 2 different Stage 5 kits for the Mk4 Golf:-

1 version of the general Mk4 (TDI, GTI, 4Mo etc)
1 version for the r32 (think the disc offsets & caliper brackets are a bit different)

Currently if you look on the ECS website they've got a sale on and the stock Mk4 kit is reduced from $2249 (normal price) to $1995 which is a decent saving on what is already a good value kit:-
http://www.ecstuning.com/stage/edpd...del=&category=Braking&subcategory=ECS Stage 5

The only problem is that the equivelent r32 kit is'nt shown as being in the sale:-
http://www.ecstuning.com/stage/edpd...del=&category=Braking&subcategory=ECS Stage 5

but when i asked about this they agreed to offer the same deal for the r32 kit. But you gotta be quick if you want to save the $250 as i think their sale ends on the 1st of Jan!

will pm you some info on who to ask for etc if that helps!

c) Thats definitley a full size 70cl bottle of vino matey.....big beasties those calipers.

hope this helps anyway

regards Alex.

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ooh oooh oooh ooooh ooooo *drool*

I am poised to get the same kit (with the stage 1 rears) myself at the moment. I have some questions please Alex:

(a) Are you fitting them yourself?
(b) You got them direct from ECS I take it? Would you mind telling me what the total cost was, how much was shipping and import tax please?
(c) Was the bottle of wine in this pic a minature?
 

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Holy moly they are some serious pieces of kit then!

Thanks for the detailed reply. At first I thought the £1150 sounded really good value - JBR are currently listing this kit for £1640ish inc VAT (no deliery charge as they are just down the road from me), but by the time you add the import tax and VAT, its up to £1400 and thats assuming I can still get the christmas deal. Hmm decisions decisions decisions...! I'll mull it over the next couple of days, thanks again Alex.

Can't decide on the colour either. Blue would be SO boring, spending all this money I want them to stand out. I'm leaning towards the yellow kit at the moment :D
 

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no problem, must admit i secretly hoped they'd slip past HMC but the box weighs nearly 40kg's so to be expected really. tbh if you know anyone who lives in the states get it posted to them & then on to you (if you get what i mean)!

colour wise it gave me a few headaches too but went for Red so that the fronts match the rears when i get the 1R kit later, yellow looks very nice though same sort of colour they're using on the latest Lambo's.

good luck anyway!
 

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sweet brakes!!!!

yip im looking at the yellow ones to!!!!

do they fit straight on behind oem wheels or are spacers needed???
 

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cheers Pomme, must admit if i was lucky enough to have a set of LM's i would'nt want to change them either!

think i'm going to have some fun & games with my RC's but hopefully some 10mm spacers should do it!

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wow they look amazing. i wish i could fit them behind my lms :(
 

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Just what I would love to have on my R (Think my mk4 TDI,had sharper brakes though)
 

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Hi Andy,

I pm'd a couple of the other members on here who are running the Stage 5 already about exactly that when i was researching, and they told me i'd need 10-12mm spacers.

The shop that will be fitting mine is basically going to test fit a caliper with my wheels them we're going to have a measure up so i can keep the spacers as small as possible!

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do they fit straight on behind oem wheels or are spacers needed???
 

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Hi Matthew, thats a very nice looking setup, can't wait to get mine on!
 
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