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Corvette Today Podcast With Kai Spande BGA Manager

On this episode of CORVETTE TODAY, you get to meet the Corvette Plant Manager for the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, Kai Spande!
Your host, Steve Garrett, introduces you to Kai as he traces his career with GM. Kai talks about how the Bowling Green Assembly Plant transitioned from the front engine, C7 Corvette, to the mid-engine C8 Corvette. You'll get insights on the plant expansion and how they made that all the new C8 Corvette a true state-of-the-art build facility. Kai also tells you about the Corvettes he has owned and the funny story of how he loved Corvettes, but never thought he'd get to work for it during his tenure at GM. Get to personally know Corvette Plant Manager, Kai Spande, on this episode of CORVETTE TODAY!

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C8 brake pads.........

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    One of the first mods I did on my C7 was to swap out the factory brake pads for after market PowerStop pads. The dust produced by the factory pads was driving me crazy.

    I noticed no difference in performance for my type of driving. The dust problem was almost completely eliminated.

    I'm wondering if the C8 will have improved in this area.
    2018 Grand Sport, Torch Red, black int, A8, Nav/PDR

  • #2
    A concurring vote of approval for the Power Stop Z26 brake pads. On my next Corvette, will change them out immediately. Got mine at a good price at Rock Auto


    • #3
      i too replaced my factory ones with Powerstop pad (and did that for a friend’s Z51 and his Z06 too). All of us think we reduced brake dust by about 80% — maybe more. Also no reduced stopping distance. I will do that again for my 5 spoke Trident wheels, as they will not be fun to keep clean with all their shapes and angles.
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      • #4
        Given that the Z51 is built to support track use, I suspect the pads will be similar to those on the C7 Z51. While you might not notice any difference in braking performance on the street with the Powerstops, I think that in sustained high speed, hard braking on a track you would pretty quickly notice the difference. In fade resistance, if nothing else. But none of us can do any more than speculate at this point.
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