Excellent write up OP. I do know some people would benefit from brake upgrades, typically those who are harder on the brakes than others.
The STI brembos *should* be more than adequate for light tracking imho, maybe with some fluid with a higher dry/wet boiling point?
On my truck, I'm 110k miles with original brakes and I get them looked at every 3k mile oil change. Some drivers might need brakes sooner depending on how they brake and when.
I enjoyed reading your post and if anyone takes anything away from it, I think the most important overlooked aspect of modding is the importance of tires in both braking and handling
oh and btw
Originally Posted by Vanderkitten
Anyhow, there is no doubt upgrading lines, fluid and pads will result in better braking performance and shorter stopping distances.
Not necessarily. It depends on the condition of your tires. A locked tire is a locked tire, regardless of the brakes. Your tires will eventually stop the vehicle. Brakes do not stop the vehicle, they simply slow or stop the wheel/tire from spinning, it's up to the tires to stop the vehicle from there...hope this makes sense?