Name : Elwood Blues Joined : 2020-11-26Post Count : 18 Merit : 0
Subject: '96 Brake Upgrade Questions Sat May 29, 2021 5:27 am
I know that the Riviera went through different designs. The '97 had larger brake rotors I believe, and they could be fitted with Camaro rotors?
My '96 currently runs on Advance Auto Parts gold rotors and pads. However they still feel inadequate in stopping a heavy car. What are the direct bolt on upgrades for a '96? Can I use Camaro rotors on '96 as well? I still have the factory 16" alloys for SC model. Can I fit bigger brake rotors without changing anything?
The direct bolt on upgrade on the Internet is mostly the Powerstop Z26 brake kit, has anyone tried them? Or do Camaro rotors do better?
Jack the R Guru
Joined : 2007-01-16Post Count : 7494 Merit : 98
Subject: Re: '96 Brake Upgrade Questions Sat May 29, 2021 11:29 pm
It looks like you've got to upgrade to a 97+ front suspension to do the Z28 brake mod. IIRC 97 had a problem with cracking (haven't seen it in mine yet with 97,000 miles), so look for 98+ if you're going to do this big job.
I checked the Powerstop kit on Amazon and Amazon said it doesn't fit the 96 Riviera.
12" rotors will clear 16" rims. 13" rotors need larger rims.
I think the main advantage of the Z28 brakes was decreased fade. They aren't stronger than the stock 97-99 Riv brakes until you see fade. I've never experienced it with the stock brakes.
Name : Dmitry Joined : 2016-08-28Post Count : 231 Merit : 10
Subject: Re: '96 Brake Upgrade Questions Mon May 31, 2021 10:37 am
Sorry, I can't add anything to what I said. I read it on here somewhere but I can't remember where. Are you still on the original a-arms and bushings at 25 years and 230,000 miles? If so, the 97 arms couldn't be too bad!