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Enhanced Braking Performance: MAPTUN Big Brake Kit Upgrade

How the MAPTUN Big Brake Kit brings unmatched safety and performance to your Saab, with global availability and local expertise from Shangfu.

Maptun BRAKE KIT FRONT 9‑3 II 330MM XT‑SERIES (PERFORMANCE)

Introduction

Since its introduction in 1981, Scandinavia Asia Corporation  (SAC – Shangfu Company) has been the general agent of SAAB Automobile in Taiwan, offering top-notch after-sales service through 20 locations across the island. Committed to customer satisfaction, Shangfu has now partnered with the renowned Swedish tuning brand MAPTUN to offer specialized braking system upgrades for Saab owners in Taiwan. In this article, we explore the new MAPTUN Big Brake Kit, its components, benefits, and compatibility with Saab models.

The Art of Vehicle Optimization

MAPTUN, a distinguished name in the world of Saab modifications, is celebrated for its high-performance upgrades. Their latest offering, the MAPTUN Big Brake Kit, epitomizes the brand’s slogan, “The Art of Optimizing.”

A Saab 9-5 equipped with the MAPTUN Big Brake Kit, showcasing the sleek design and enhanced braking performance.
A Saab 9-5 equipped with the MAPTUN Big Brake Kit, showcasing the sleek design and enhanced braking performance.

This upgrade provides a significant enhancement in braking performance, ensuring safety and reliability on the road. Whether you are driving on busy streets or participating in track days, this brake kit is designed to meet your needs.

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Understanding Brake Distance and Safety

One of the critical aspects of vehicle safety is the braking distance, which refers to the distance a vehicle travels from the time the brakes are applied until it comes to a complete stop. This distance varies depending on the driver’s reaction time and the braking system’s efficiency. With the MAPTUN Big Brake Kit, Saab drivers in Taiwan can experience a noticeable improvement in braking response, contributing to safer driving conditions.

The MAPTUN Big Brake Kit components, including 6-piston calipers, 330mm rotors, brake hoses, and adaptors, designed for superior performance and reliability in Saab vehicles.
The MAPTUN Big Brake Kit components, including 6-piston calipers, 330mm rotors, brake hoses, and adaptors, designed for superior performance and reliability in Saab vehicles.

MAPTUN Big Brake Kit Features

The MAPTUN Big Brake Kit includes several high-quality components designed to deliver optimal performance:

  1. 6-Piston Aluminum Calipers: These calipers feature an anodized surface for enhanced wear and corrosion resistance, ensuring durability and longevity.
  2. 330mm Rotors: Available in slotted or drilled versions, these rotors come with bellhouse hubs and provide excellent heat dissipation and braking power.
  3. Sport Braking Pads: Suitable for active street driving, these fiber-based pads produce minimal brake dust and offer good performance even at low temperatures. For track use, ceramic friction compound pads are recommended.
  4. Braided Stainless Steel Brake Hoses: These hoses ensure consistent brake pressure and improved pedal feel.
  5. CNC Brake Caliper Adaptors: Made of steel, these adaptors provide a secure fit for the calipers.

Compatibility and Pricing

The MAPTUN Big Brake Kit is compatible with the following Saab models:

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  • 2003 – 2012 Saab 9-3
  • 2002 – 2009 Saab 9-5

The kit is priced at €1,704.62 and is available for purchase through MAPTUN’s official website and authorized dealers in Taiwan. For special offers and installation services, Saab owners can contact their nearest Saab service factory in Taiwan.

Large 330mm rotors and 6-piston calipers from the MAPTUN Big Brake Kit deliver enhanced braking power and performance for Saab vehicles, ensuring superior stopping capability.
Large 330mm rotors and 6-piston calipers from the MAPTUN Big Brake Kit deliver enhanced braking power and performance for Saab vehicles, ensuring superior stopping capability.

Enhanced Driving Experience

The MAPTUN Big Brake Kit is designed not only for high-performance driving but also for everyday use. Thoroughly tested on test cars, the kit ensures excellent functionality in normal traffic conditions. The extreme friction ratio of the pad compound might cause slight squeaking when cold, but this is a small trade-off for the substantial improvement in braking performance.

Safety Considerations

While the MAPTUN Big Brake Kit offers superior braking capabilities, it is not recommended for use on salty roads due to potential corrosion issues. Regular maintenance and proper care will ensure the longevity and optimal performance of the braking system.

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Global Availability and Local Installation

Thanks to the MAPTUN website, this brake kit is available globally, making it accessible to Saab enthusiasts around the world. The images below show how the kit looks when installed on a Saab 9-5, demonstrating the impressive design and fitment of the components.

Additional Information on Saab 9-3 and Tuning Options

For Saab enthusiasts in Taiwan, the collaboration between Shangfu and MAPTUN brings an exciting opportunity to upgrade their vehicles with state-of-the-art braking systems. The MAPTUN Big Brake Kit provides enhanced safety, reliability, and performance, making it a worthwhile investment for those looking to optimize their Saab’s capabilities. With the right upgrades, driving a Saab can be an even more thrilling and secure experience.

The Saab 9-3 and  9-5, a model revered for its robust build and dynamic performance, benefits significantly from performance upgrades like those offered by MAPTUN. From power enhancements to suspension improvements, Saab owners have a plethora of options to tailor their driving experience. MAPTUN’s upgrades ensure that these vehicles remain competitive and enjoyable to drive, even years after their production has ceased.

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Whether you are an avid Saab enthusiast or a new owner, the combination of Shangfu’s dedicated service and MAPTUN’s cutting-edge products provides a comprehensive solution to elevate your vehicle’s performance and safety. Embrace the art of optimizing your Saab and experience the difference with MAPTUN’s high-performance upgrades.

Enhanced Braking Power with the 345mm Kit

The images included in this article showcase the larger 345mm MAPTUN Big Brake Kit, which provides exceptional braking force for Saab vehicles. This upgraded kit, available first through SAC in Taiwan before its official release by MAPTUN, offers even greater performance enhancements compared to the 330mm kit. The increased rotor size and powerful 6-piston calipers ensure superior stopping power, making it an ideal choice for Saab enthusiasts looking for the utmost in safety and performance.

By opting for the 345mm MAPTUN Big Brake Kit, Saab owners can experience a significant improvement in braking efficiency, enhancing both everyday driving and high-performance conditions. For more details and to explore this advanced braking solution, Saab owners in Taiwan can reach out to SAC, the pioneering market for this cutting-edge upgrade.

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Goran Aničić
the authorGoran Aničić
For over 10 years, Goran Aničić has been passionately focused on Saab automobiles and everything related to them. His initial encounter with Saab cars took place back in 2003 when the first Saab 9-3 and sedan version were introduced. At that moment, he was captivated by the car's Scandinavian design logic and top-notch engineering, and everything that followed stemmed from that first encounter. Later on, through his work at the editorial team of the Serbian automotive magazines "Autostart" and later "AutoBild," he had the opportunity to engage more closely with Saab vehicles. In 2008, he tested the latest Saab cars of that time, such as the Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero and Saab 9-3 Turbo X. In 2010, as the sole blogger from the region, he participated in the Saab 9-5ng presentation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Alongside journalists from around the world, he got a firsthand experience of the pinnacle of technological offerings from Saab at that time. Currently, Goran owns two Saabs: a 2008 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportcombi with a manual transmission, and a Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Sport Sedan from the last generation, which rolled off the production line in Trollhättan in December 2011.

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