It took a few hours to do, but I must say that this brake upgrade was well worth the time. Firstly, I have to give props to Blair Layton @ SVRacingparts.com – he was very helpful with all of my questions and shipped out all the parts I needed very quickly. The relocation brackets he sells are quality pieces and work perfectly. The only 'modification' I had to make was to build a bracket to help hold the right brake line in place since the stock ones have a distribution block that bolts directly to the right fork/fender.
I would post some photos in the thread, but I couldn't get them to display in-line. Here are some links instead:
Here’s a before picture of the old 2-piston Tokico calipers:
Here’s a shot of the “new” 4-piston Nissin calipers installed with the relocation brackets, Galfer lines and Galfer HH pads:
You can see the bracket I made in the second photo.
I took a short ride to bed in the new brake pads and after a few regular stops, I could feel the pads really starting to bite. The new calipers/lines/pads have a lot more feel than the old ones, and they require significantly less lever pressure to get things slowed down. I wouldn’t say they feel as awesome as the brakes on my GSXR, but I do have a lot more confidence in the front brakes now than I did before. I think there were a few times when I was doing hard stops that I felt the back tire come off the ground a little bit. I wouldn’t have been comfortable trying that with the old brakes. The Nissin and Tokico calipers are almost identical, but the Nissin ones have 1mm larger pistons in them for (potentially) more clamping force.
Here’s the cost breakdown for anyone interested:
2002 CBR600F4i calipers: $64.99 shipped from a vendor on eBay.
SVRacing relocation brackets: $75
Galfer HH sintered brake pads for both calipers: $70
Double Banjo bleeder for master cylinder: $19.95
Galfer SS +2 lines: $89.95
I highly recommend doing this upgrade for anyone with a V-Strom