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NC Stage 3 Little Big Brake Kit

NC Stage 3 Little Big Brake Kit

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The NC Miata comes with pretty decently sized brakes from the factory, larger than the big brake kits we offer for the earlier car. So we didn't see the advantage in adding rotors the size of a pizza, adding a bunch of expense. Instead, we took a page from the Little Big Brake Kit we developed for the earlier cars and did the same for the third generation. We've tested these brakes on track with a V8 Miata, so we know they'll do the job. Naturally, the calipers were properly selected to work well with the stock master cylinder.

Because the new calipers are aluminum, there is a significant unsprung weight savings: more than 6 lbs per wheel in the front and 1.75 lb per wheel in the rear. 

Up front, we kept the stock 11.5" rotor and replaced the single piston sliding caliper with the latest aluminum four-piston Dynapro design. This caliper is very stiff and gives excellent pedal feel. It also cuts weight compared to the stock one, and gives more even pad pressure. As an added bonus, it's very easy to swap pads if you're taking the car to the track. 

In the rear, we used the same exclusive four-piston Powerlite rear caliper that we used on the earlier cars. This stiff little aluminum caliper includes a parking brake mechanism, so you're not sacrificing anything. In order to fit the caliper, we had to change to a slightly larger 11.9" rear rotor. It's originally from a Mazda5, so replacements are easy to source from Flyin' Miata or elsewhere.

The Powerlite rear caliper has been modified to use the factory handbrake cables, even using factory clips so it's a really clean install. The handbrake is not as powerful as the stock setup, so while it can be used to hold the car on a slight grade, it is not suitable for initiating handbrake turns.

The rear brakes fit under NC stock 16” and 17" wheels. In front, for both 4 and 6 piston, you will need a 3mm spacer, available from Flyin' Miata - stock NC3 Club wheels require a 5mm spacer. They fit under most aftermarket 17" wheels without problems, including the TRM C3M 17x9 and the Enkei PF01 17x8. Please note that the stainless steel brake lines included with the kit are not the same as the ones used with stock calipers, so you will need the lines.

Templates to check clearance! The four and six piston front calipers share the same clearance.
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The kit includes:

  • Wilwood four-piston Dynapro front calipers with BP-10 pads
  • Stainless steel brake lines
  • Wilwood Powerlite handbrake rear calipers with BP-10 pads
  • new rear slotted rotors

You can reuse your existing front rotors. Our NC front rotors match the new rear ones perfectly. Please note that some small modification of the dust shields and the front upright will be necessary. These modifications will not be a problem if you need to revert to your stock brakes in the future for any reason.

The included BP-10 pads are great for street use and autocross use, you'll probably want more aggressive front pads such as our BP-20 or BP-40 for track use. We're unable to remove pads from the kit. 

You can choose red powder coat or grey hard anodizing as a coating for the calipers. Bear in mind that the hard anodizing is un-dyed, which means that the final color can vary from caliper to caliper, due to differences in the forgings themselves. This difference can be especially noticeable between different caliper types, e.g., the front Dynapro calipers and the rear Powerlite calipers that we use. We can't accept returns for calipers that have different shades of grey. If it's important that your calipers match each other perfectly, you'll need to choose the red calipers. 

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007Daddy
Awesome addition to the wheels

I put the brake kit on my 2007 and it looks fantastic. The stock brakes functioned fine, but had zero appeal from an aesthetics perspective. They really stand out so I get a lot of compliments on them and, coupled with brand new rotors, the car wheels look terrific. I only have standard pads on them, but only drive in town, not at the track, so don't notice a difference in terms of performance, but then... I didn't get them for performance... I wanted the car to look awesome... and it does :)

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Chris
Very nice brakes

OK, so after the shocks went in, the theory was I would do the brakes when pad wear started showing. This was the most vain of my mods as I was happy with factory brakes but realized they would look like crap with bitchin wheels, which I REALLY wanted to do. In terms of braking they are silky compared to stock. It also helped that they are comprehensively about a pound lighter per wheel, and I definitely wanted to shed all the unsprung weight I could. And of course they are shockingly handsome.

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CaptnKirk
Bought them for the look but love the preformance

Great improvement over the stock brakes. I admit a lot of the motivation for this purchase was the look of a set of Wilwoods peeking out from the PFO1's. I have a Copper red 06 so I went with the black calipers for the contrast and they look great. What really surprised me though was the improvement in stopping distance and the smoothness of max braking effort stops. The car just comes to a stop no drama from any speed. Well worth the cost.

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Jack
I feel really good about this purchase.I need to make frequent stop and slowdowns to smoke a ciga...

Great product gooood paddle feel

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pricemc1
Good but not great.

Just installed the 4-piston LBBK on my 2010 NC. It might be because they are still wearing in but I don't find the stopping power to be any better than the stock brakes so far. I was expecting them to be much more sensitive than stock. FM's instructions were OK but we found a couple of typos and there were definitely some places where a few more pictures would have been helpful. We called them a couple of times for questions and they had the answers right away so tech support was good. FM also did a great job though of labeling all the parts so it was nice and easy to identify what everything was. If you don't want to spend $3600 for a full Wilwood BBK then I think this kit is probably a nice value though. I might have gone with the 6 piston if money had allowed.

Note from FM: Full stopping power will not be achieved until the brakes have been through the bedding process.