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Old 06-24-2013, 01:42 PM   #126
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So kns for brake stuff?! Got it... Ty guys!

Any recommendations on fluid? I heard motul is good...

I'm also getting ss lines and the xp8's... Stock rotors...

This is for first time autox in the next few weeks...
I've used Motul and ATE SuperBlue. Never noticed a difference between them, but I did mostly autocross and one or two track days. Unless you are doing a lot of hard driving I think you'd be find just using the cheap bottles of high-temp fluid from the autoparts store, and simply flush it more often. The advantage to using the SuperBlue is the color. You know when you've flushed the lines.


If you're just going to autocross then I wouldn't bother with the XP8's you'll never get them hot enough for best performance at an autocross. You'll have to drag the brakes to the starting line to get them warm and it may take 2 or 3 corners before they build any heat. When you're done with your run you'll sit in grid for a few minutes waiting and they'll cool off. Autocross is almost the perfect application for the Stoptech Street Performance pads. Better initial bite and better overall friction than OEM pads while still having a relatively good temperature range so they'll work when cold at an autocross.

For autocross I usually ran Carbotech Bobcats. I think they've renamed them now. I also used the BHP XPS pads, but they were discontinued and I don't know if they were ever available for stock brakes. I was running a Stoptech BBK at the time.
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Old 09-10-2013, 03:07 AM   #127
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I have changed many sets of brake pads, recently I try to by from chain stores founded by. They works well, and I perfer the ceramic brake pads bestly. I run it in the front axle, performacne seems great by now.............om

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Old 10-21-2013, 12:47 PM   #128
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Greetings all. Just wanted to ask a simple question. I have a 2002 Subaru Impreza IS Wagon from Japan. Will the disc pads from America fit the Japanese Impreza?
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Old 11-22-2013, 01:59 PM   #129
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This is probably a dumb question but was curious if anyone knew if front 4pot and back 2pot Subaru caliper upgrades came with the same basic disc pad? Mine were upgraded but not sure from which year or or even what Subaru model? Its is a 2003 Subaru WRX Impreza Wagon. Not sure if that helps. Need to change the disc pads relatively soon and the local Subaru store wants to charge 200 plus just to diagnose what kinda pads I need. Any help is appreciated! Thanks!
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Old 11-22-2013, 05:17 PM   #130
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Can't you take them off yourself and compare?
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Old 11-23-2013, 08:46 AM   #131
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I was going to take my car for the 40000 km maintenance and the dealer quoted me $380! This included, engine oil/ filter, cabin and air filter and also brake maintenance. Needless to say i did everything myself for a lot less except for the brakes. What type of maintenance is required? I have never worked on brakes before but for that kind of cash i most certainly will start!

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Old 11-23-2013, 09:24 AM   #132
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^^Exactly, that's why I learned to do my own brakes a couple of years ago. You can save a lot of money doing your own brake work.

At 40,000 km (25k miles for us in the US), I wouldn't think your pads or rotors are worn out yet unless you're an aggressive driver with lots of city miles. But the only way to know is to do what the dealer probably would have done, which is to remove the wheels, remove and inspect the brake pads, inspect the rotors, grease the slider pins, and reassemble.

I also flush my brake fluid every 2 years regardless of mileage, but I'm guessing that wasn't part of the dealer's $380 service.
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Old 11-23-2013, 01:59 PM   #133
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Yeah, i think that they would just have done an inspection. Thanks for the reply
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Old 12-17-2013, 02:19 PM   #134
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Need to replace my pads on my 07 WRX STi. any suggestions. Want the same performance. Just Stock 07.

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Old 12-17-2013, 02:27 PM   #135
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Need to replace my pads on my 07 WRX STi. any suggestions. Want the same performance.
StopTech pads are good, great bite, moderately dusty, and fairly cheap.

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Old 12-17-2013, 06:14 PM   #136
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Want the same performance.
Then get OEM pads?
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Old 01-25-2014, 05:29 AM   #137
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I own a 2005 Impreza 2.5RS with about 110k miles and the brakes are starting to feel a little soft and squishy. The amount of foot pressure required for the car to begin breaking has increased. I need to depress the peddle about 1/3 to 1/2 way down before any active braking occurs. So my question is, how should I fix this?

Will new brake pads and rotors be enough?

I heard about getting stainless steal brake line cables or something like that to increase pressure to the brakes? Does this sound familiar?

My budget for parts is around $800-$1000.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-25-2014, 07:20 AM   #138
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I think stainless brake lines would be a waste of money. You might need new rotors and pads, but an inspection would tell you if that's the case. You should also consider flushing your brake fluid, if you haven't done that in the last two years. Brake fluid is probably the most frequently neglected fluid in most people's cars.

If you're doing the job yourself, you can get rotors and pads for all four corners of the car for approximately $300. And brake fluid is cheap.
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Old 01-25-2014, 09:47 AM   #139
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I own a 2005 Impreza 2.5RS with about 110k miles and the brakes are starting to feel a little soft and squishy. The amount of foot pressure required for the car to begin breaking has increased. I need to depress the peddle about 1/3 to 1/2 way down before any active braking occurs. So my question is, how should I fix this?

Will new brake pads and rotors be enough?

I heard about getting stainless steal brake line cables or something like that to increase pressure to the brakes? Does this sound familiar?

My budget for parts is around $800-$1000.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Have you inspected your pads, rotors, fluid and lines? As the poster above said you may only need some inexpensive maintenance.
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Old 01-27-2014, 01:26 AM   #140
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Fluids, check. The rest, not so sure... I had the fluids checked a couple weeks ago. I haven't had a brake inspection for a while actually. Nor have I replaced the rotors since I bought the car in 2010. New rotors and pads are probably in order now that I think about it. I've been wanting to upgrade anyway. I'll do some more research and check back once I decide on parts. Which won't be to far off since I rented a car the last weekend and it made me realize my brakes are far to squishy.
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Old 01-27-2014, 08:55 AM   #141
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When you say you had the fluids checked, did that involve more than checking the fluid level in the reservoir? Brake fluid absorbs water, and should be replaced every 2 to 3 years regardless of mileage.
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Old 03-26-2014, 02:50 PM   #142
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My 05 WRX has been sitting in my garage for about 3 weeks without moving it. While it was sitting there i was changing my whole front end body parts to the JDM ones. after i got done, i tried reversing but was stuck. i tried going forward and was stuck too (no. nothing was under my tires) my rear brakes are locked up. does anyone know how to unlock them? SOMEONE PLEASE HELP!
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My 05 WRX has been sitting in my garage for about 3 weeks without moving it. While it was sitting there i was changing my whole front end body parts to the JDM ones. after i got done, i tried reversing but was stuck. i tried going forward and was stuck too (no. nothing was under my tires) my rear brakes are locked up. does anyone know how to unlock them? SOMEONE PLEASE HELP!
If you had your parking brake engaged the whole time, then your pads might be seized to the rotors. Continue doing what you already tried (engaging forward and then reverse, repeating as required) in an attempt to break the pads free from the rotors.

In the future, if a car will be sitting for a long time, don't use the parking brake to avoid this problem.
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If you had your parking brake engaged the whole time, then your pads might be seized to the rotors. Continue doing what you already tried (engaging forward and then reverse, repeating as required) in an attempt to break the pads free from the rotors.

In the future, if a car will be sitting for a long time, don't use the parking brake to avoid this problem.
Yes, i did have my parking brake on the whole time. When i put my parking brake down, the brake light does go off. wouldn't that mean it has nothing to do with my parking brake?. i'll try rocking it back and forth again, but if it doesn't work? would i have to remove the rear tires and try doing it manually?
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Yes, i did have my parking brake on the whole time. When i put my parking brake down, the brake light does go off. wouldn't that mean it has nothing to do with my parking brake?. i'll try rocking it back and forth again, but if it doesn't work? would i have to remove the rear tires and try doing it manually?
No, the light would be meaningless in this case; that just means the switch up near the parking brake's handle is working. It doesn't mean that the parking brake's shoes have actually moved.

This will be a difficult repair for you if rocking the car doesn't work. On Subarus (and many other brands), the parking brake is a drum/shoe configuration, which means that the parts I'm theorizing are seized are not visible even with the wheels removed. If rocking the car as described doesn't release the shoes from the drums, you might literally need to have the car towed (don't forget to request a flatbed!) to a garage for repair.

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Yes, i did have my parking brake on the whole time. When i put my parking brake down, the brake light does go off. wouldn't that mean it has nothing to do with my parking brake?. i'll try rocking it back and forth again, but if it doesn't work? would i have to remove the rear tires and try doing it manually?
The light on your cluster has zero to do with the position of the e-brake pads that are prolly stuck to your rotors; only with the position of the handle. Keep rocking it.

edit: Jeesh, I gotta type faster...

Could also pull wheels, and back off the e-brake adjuster wheel thru the backing plate, then pull the rotors and clean up/service to remove rust n crap that caused the seize. Check service limits of pads (emerg and regular) and rotor (again both) while at it. GL bro

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Could also pull wheels, and back off the e-brake adjuster wheel thru the backing plate, then pull the rotors and clean up/service to remove rust n crap that caused the seize.
If his e-brake shoes are seized to the inside of the drums, wouldn't you expect that backing off the brake adjuster wheel won't have any affect, since the shoe is stuck to the drum?
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The drums have two (2) threaded holes in them. If you put a bolt in each one and slowly tighten them evenly, the drum will come free.
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Thank you all so much! I'm going to try my best to get these brakes unlocked once I get off work and give you guys updates!
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The drums have two (2) threaded holes in them. If you put a bolt in each one and slowly tighten them evenly, the drum will come free.
OK, good to know. Thanks for the info.

But I don't know how comfortable the OP is with doing brake work. Before he could remove the rear rotors to expose the parking brake shoes (using your two-bolt technique), he would also need to remove the main calipers and pads. He will need to decide if he's comfortable with that process.
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