Yes, to do the conversion to the Brembo calipers, you would need to change the front forks as the sliders were completely different (I'd probably select them from a '81-'84 model RT or RS). I don't think the brakes have substantially more power, but they do have less drag. I think the forks have better action overall as well. I rebuilt the forks and ATE calipers on the /7 when I did the dual disc conversion, and really like the performance overall. However, I think the later front end is a better functioning design. No complaints about the /7 though- I really enjoy it and prefer to ride it most days (for 25 years now...).